In the natural glow of large picture windows, Chinese and Thai rice and noodle dishes clatter on Chong's Cuisine tables. Curlicues of steam rise from shrimp, vegetables, and chicken, generously slathered in ginger and zesty szechuan sauce. Guests can quickly judge spiciness by spotting a tiny printed pepper beside hot menu items and an invisible picture of Harry Houdini beside mild ones..
Chef Andy Ye and his staff of cooks at Banh Thai Restaurant believe their classic dishes deserve an exquisite flavor balance as well as artistic presentation. “Thai chefs focus on creating a blend of the spicy and subtle, the sweet and sour, so that all are equally satisfying to the nose and palate,” says one post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Luckily, the seemingly endless list of traditional Thai ingredients these chefs have access to allows for ample opportunities to make that happen. Among their creations is a sauce flavored with curry spices that bestows rack of lamb with a bright yellow hue. Seafood isn’t excluded from their artful touch either, as green curry paste, basil, and string beans add pops of green to be soaked up by delicate sea bass. That blend of visual and tasty also extends to more than 30 vegetarian entrees and noodle dishes on the menu that come decorated with savory and sweet touches of eggplant, mango, and cashew.
Banana Leaf blends the flavors of Malaysia and Thailand, with notes of Indian and Chinese cooking added for good measure. The result: surprising, spicy, sometimes-tropical dishes that feature fresh fruits. From the open kitchen diners watch chefs prepare prawns with peppers, shredded mango, and mango sauce, or grilled seabass in banana leaf.
The chefs at Asian Express cast a wide net over the Pacific, ensnaring a collection of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai recipes. They pan-fry tender meats and fresh veggies to create colorful dishes, such as pad thai and fried rice, that satisfy grumbling tummies with dine-in, takeout, catered, and slingshotted portions.
The Bangkok Taste is a Thai food restaurant in San Jose, near Los Gatos, that serves traditional Thai dishes. We have been in business for 18 years at the same location.
The atmosphere at the restaurant is casual and charming. Groups of four or more are usually served family style. Beer and wine is served, as well.
Hailing from the Chiang Rai region of Thailand, the Singard family has brought the rich culinary traditions of Thailand across continents to share the colorful and aromatic dishes at Lanna Thai. In the kitchen, the chefs put their extensive experience in Thai cooking to work, crafting a menu that includes crispy spring rolls lined with chicken and basil and more unusual offerings such as pumpkin-salmon curry and lamb massaman curry.