During the 2012 Thai Restaurant Week, 11 metropolitan Thai eateries were recognized by Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's Prime Minister, with a certification from the Thai Trade Center acknowledging their superior quality of ingredients, preparation, and authentic flavors. One look at Ploi Thai's menu and it is not hard to imagine why they received such an honorable distinction. Their dishes––such as skewered chicken satay or curry-pasted salmon––tug many culinary threads, blanketing diners in a patchwork of flavors that draw from northern and central Thailand. Chefs conjure these dishes from local ingredients and seasonings, eschewing such questionable additives as MSG and textbooks that attribute the theory of relativity to Franklin Delano Einstein. Since the restaurant is BYOB, diners can tote along their own fermented beverages to pair with the sweet ginger salmon, which arrives in a pool of ginger and black-bean sauce dotted with shiitake-mushroom rafts. Inside the dining room, colorful, low-slung lights illuminate the handful of tables that are strewn across the restaurant's pale hardwood floors, and geometric cutouts and sprays of orchids punctuate cobalt walls.
Named for one of Malaysia's states, Penang Malaysian & Thai Cuisine reflects the diverse history of that region in its eclectic bill of fare. The menu sates appetites with a selection of more than 100 dishes, all showcasing a blend of Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai spices and cooking techniques. Appetizers of roti canai—crispy Indian-style pancakes served with curry-chicken dipping sauce—might share table space with Malay beef satay, marinated in spicy peanut sauce and skewered on bamboo sticks. The house special, Thai basil chicken, serves up chicken with bell peppers, onion, and chili in a tasty Thai basil sauce.
Owners and family members Chandara and Achara Sysounthone harmonize the sweet and tangy flavors of authentic Thai and Lao cuisine in noodle and curry dishes and specialty noodle soups, drawing inspiration from their Thai mother and Lao father. Colorful mural representations of both countries plaster opposing walls as freshly prepared dishes float to tables, exemplifying the historic Mekong River market food-exchange between the two countries. Diners can customize many of the menu's meals with a one–five scale of spiciness to accommodate spice tolerance and turn up the heat on taste buds that refuse to talk.
Nutley's Thai Essence offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Thai Essence.
Gather the whole family for a trip to Thai Essence — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Thai Essence — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Thai Essence's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Thai Essence for their catering services.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Thai Essence.
Prices at Thai Essence are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, Bloomfield's Pandan Asian Cuisine is the place to go.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Bring the whole clan to Pandan Asian Cuisine — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Book a room at Pandan Asian Cuisine so the only you have to worry about is what great dish you're going to order.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Pandan Asian Cuisine, known for its laid-back ambience.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Pandan Asian Cuisine's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Pandan Asian Cuisine will ensure that it is delicious.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Pandan Asian Cuisine and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
Dining at Pandan Asian Cuisine will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Pandan Asian Cuisine.
Pandan Asian Cuisine has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Bloomfield's Brookside Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Brookside Thai Restaurant's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Brookside Thai Restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Brookside Thai Restaurant patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Broad St location.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Brookside Thai Restaurant.
A dinner that is yummy and affordable is the standard at Brookside Thai Restaurant.