The lengthy menu goes on for about nine miles until the Earth's curvature obscures it from view. It's packed full of authentic offerings and contemporarily twisted cuisine. Ride the culinary fence with old- and new-school starters such as crispy tofu ($5.95) or Thai fish cakes ($7.95) before throwing sand on the table and drawing a line in it, indicating the desire to move on to bigger bites. Adherents of authenticity can feast upon classic pad thai ($9.50) and pineapple fried rice ($12.95), while contemporanians can go for the lamb red curry with pumpkin ($16.50) or tamarind-steamed salmon ($12.95). A variety of curries, vegetarian dishes (available upon request), and seafood dishes are also offered. Menu items marked with the ominously seductive chili are spicy and can be ordered on the heat scale ranging from 98.6 to Ghost Rider.
Summer Summer Thai Eatery provides feasters with an expansive menu of flavor-punching, simplistically modern Thai plates. Begin fully filling an unfilled stomach with starters such as the organic chicken satay—strips of curry-marinated organic chicken charbroiled to smoky consistency—alongside a helping of creamy peanut sauce and crisp cucumber salad ($7.50). The house specialty, the yellow curry Kang Gari Kai, introduces organic chicken to bashful potatoes and carrots, and, like a supportive canasta coach, brings out the best in them with a rich yellow coconut curry sauce ($9.50).
Rated Best Thai Restaurant by the East Bay Express in 2011, Chai Thai Noodle earns its title with a vast menu of authentically prepared dishes imbued with vibrant flavors and spices. Chai Thai Noodle's masterful and lively preparations have earned the chefs enthusiastic accolades and multiple high-fives from local press; their pork leg stew in particular inspired across-the board ardor. The San Francisco Chronicle's Carol Ness credited owners and chefs Sangchai Vatanachai and Amnouy Manyvong for making "'pork leg stew' three of the most exciting words in the language of Thai food." John Birdsall of the East Bay Express mentioned that it had to rate "among the most satisfying meat dishes in all of East Oakland," and SF Weekly’s Meredith Brody cited the stewed leg, accompanied by pickled vegetables and mustard greens, as her primary motive for dining at Chai Thai Noodle.
Chao Thai Cuisine’s modest exterior belies the bevy of delicious and authentic fare produced by its speedy kitchen staff. A three-page menu displays nearly 100 dishes including beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian entrees. House favorites, such as pineapple fried rice, pad thai, and green curries, can be enjoyed upon the eatery’s cozy collection of indoor mosaic tabletops or stashed away into a sturdy take-out container or a water-sealed top hat.
For fragrant jasmine rice and rich curry, Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery is a prime pick for Thai cuisine. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery's menu does not offer low-fat options. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery's full bar. Take the kids along too — Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Keep it casual at Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Throwing a big party? Count on Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's College Ave location offers nearby street parking.
Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For a quick curry, Oakland's Lotus Thai Cuisine is a great lunch or dinner spot. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Lotus Thai Cuisine, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Lotus Thai Cuisine also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Lotus Thai Cuisine won't cost you a sitter.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Lotus Thai Cuisine, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Lotus Thai Cuisine. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Lotus Thai Cuisine as well. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Lotus Thai Cuisine's Piedmont Ave residence.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Lotus Thai Cuisine — prices are generally less than $30 per person. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.