Thai 2 Go’s chefs draw on traditional and modern influences to concoct their own recipes for noodle dishes, curries, and sizzling stir-fries. Aromatic basil leaves, spicy chilis, and coconut milk season dishes such as pad thai and panang curry. No matter what you order, expect leftovers—even sturdy chopsticks begin to resemble toothpicks when considered beside the huge, family-size portions.
On dates at Chabaa Thai Bistro, couples can choose between two romantic atmospheres. Exotic Eastern art surrounds diners on the first floor, while the colorful lanterns on the second cast an amorous glow. Either is perfect for sharing BYOB wine and a seafood hot pot for two.
Chestnut Hill’s Thai Kuu is where to head for traditional Thai cooking with a modern twist in Philadelphia. The sleek atmosphere sets the stage; walls and leather chairs are cream colored and subtle, while vibrant lights and stand-out orange napkins make the room pop. A sheer drapery separates the smallish space, converting the large room into several smaller sections. Pad Thai and curries are favorites, as well as the spicy pad kee mao, consisting of stir-fried rice noodles, spicy sweet basil sauce, vegetables and your choice of meat. Chef’s recommendations include pad pong karee seafood, a mild yellow curry packed with seafood (crab meat, scallops, shrimp, calamari and mussels) or garlic soft-shell crabs.