Thai Restaurants in Hayes Valley


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  • Lers Ros Thai
    Lers Ros Thai: A User’s Guide Regional Thai Cuisine | Acclaimed Pad Thai | Manageable Spice Levels | 120+ Menu Items Sample Dishes Kra duk moo tod: fried and marinated pork spare ribs with hot sauce Koong priew warn: prawns stir-fried with sweet-and-sour sauce Nuer pad prik thai ooan: beef stir-fried with peppercorns and galangal Meet the Chef: Tom Silargorn grew up in a town just outside of Bangkok, and Thailand’s cuisine has remained ingrained in him ever since. This is evident in the care he takes with his pad thai, which he sets apart from other versions with a made-from-scratch sauce. High Praise Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle says “Silargon’s version of pad Thai makes others taste like Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal.” The original Larkin Street location was named Best New Thai Restaurant in 2009 by San Francisco Weekly Fun Fact: Lers ros loosely translates to “excellent taste of the food.” Inside Tips For a more quiet, subdued experience, visit during nonpeak hours or trek over to the less bustling Larkin Street location. Come on an empty stomach. Portions here are large enough that most people have leftovers for the next day.
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    307 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Thep Phanom Restaurant
    Though it would be easy to play it safe and select Thai classics from Thep Phanom's expansive menu—both Frommer's and SFGate agree that the pad thai is a definite go-to—that would be selling chef Pat Parikanant short. For nearly 30 years, her eatery, set in a Victorian building and adorned with century-old Thai antiques, has been celebrated for its more unusual dishes. Diners would be wise to branch out and opt for the ped sawan—duck prepared in a delicate honey sauce and served over spinach—or the dancing lady, a single jumbo prawn stuffed with crab and drizzled with spicy sauce. Don't forget beverages: the Michelin Guide notes that the "creamy Thai iced tea is as good as any cocktail."
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    400 Waller St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Thai Idea Vegetarian
    In Focus: Thai Idea Vegetarian Specialty: vegetarian and vegan Thai cuisine Meatless credentials: The recipes don’t even contain fish sauce. Must-try appetizer: the Wing Bomb—deep-fried veggie chicken with homemade sauce and crispy basil Most unique chef’s special: pumpkin curry Most surprising meatless meat: tamarind-glazed duck confit Best dish for a sweet tooth: Thai crepe with ice cream
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    710 Polk St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Zen Yai Thai Restaurant
    Zen Yai Thai Restaurant Fans of Zen Yai Thai Restaurant might add the eatery it to the already impressive list of hidden gems in The Tenderloin district. Or, they might not even mention it at all in an effort to keep the small authentic eatery their own little secret. If we’re being honest, though, the word is already out. Zen Yai is the home of what could be one of the most talked-about Boat Noodles dishes this side of the Pacific. And its many-colored curries and Thai barbecue are the stuff that make foodies resent the human stomach’s limited capacity. Good thing they don’t have to worry about saving room for dessert; the house sweets have all been packaged and placed at the front counter, making them easy to grab for enjoyment later. Inside, the simple dining room features deep red walls, modern accents, and a few chalkboard menus for Thai speakers only. Don’t worry, though—you’ll get by just fine if English is your only food-ordering language. Signature Spotlight: Boat Noodles All the food at Zen Yai boasts a plucked-from-Thailand authenticity, but one dish in particular stands out in this regard: the boat noodles soup. Named after a dish served by vendors who travel by boat in parts of Thailand, the version here is the item many people come to Zen Yai for, even though it’s not even listed on the English menu. The popular, but somewhat secret dish can only be found on the Thai-only menu, so non-Thai-speakers must ask for it by name. Cooks begin by making broth the old-school way—from boiled beef bones. They then add a litany of ingredients, which includes liver, spinach, crispy pork rinds, crushed chillies, a meatball, bits of beef or pork, and, most importantly, blood. Don’t let that freak you out, though. SF Weekly claims it’s the reason the soup is so good, saying “it...adds an extra dusky layer of complexity to the broth, like pho on steroids.” Then comes a choice of noodles, which can include anything from the crispy kind to the soft variety. The result is a tangy, spicy, and balanced creation that impresses most who venture to try it.
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    771 Ellis St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Jitlada Thai Cuisine
    Jitlada Thai Cuisine Thai dishes are generally complex and colorful, characterized by bright sauces and vibrant green veggies forming dramatic lines. The minds behind Jitlada Thai Cuisine kept this in mind, making their restaurant devoid of frills—like a blank canvas—so their edible art pieces can really pop. Amid stark white walls, white drapes, and white tablecloths, the khao soi, for instance, delight the senses with artfully plated mustard pickles in a bright, sunny coconut curry. The Evil Princess, on the other hand, spices up beef or prawns with a strikingly red curry. The chefs aren’t all about hot curries, though; they also specialize in sweet Thai fruit desserts, which, like all the other dishes, are just as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the tongue.
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    1826 Buchanan St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Lers Ros Thai
    Lers Ros Thai: A User’s Guide Regional Thai Cuisine | Acclaimed Pad Thai | Manageable Spice Levels | 120+ Menu Items Sample Dishes Kra duk moo tod: fried and marinated pork spare ribs with hot sauce Koong priew warn: prawns stir-fried with sweet-and-sour sauce Nuer pad prik thai ooan: beef stir-fried with peppercorns and galangal Meet the Chef: Tom Silargorn grew up in a town just outside of Bangkok, and Thailand’s cuisine has remained ingrained in him ever since. This is evident in the care he takes with his pad thai, which he sets apart from other versions with a made-from-scratch sauce. High Praise Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle says “Silargon’s version of pad Thai makes others taste like Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal.” The original Larkin Street location was named Best New Thai Restaurant in 2009 by San Francisco Weekly Fun Fact: Lers ros loosely translates to “excellent taste of the food.” Inside Tips For a more quiet, subdued experience, visit during nonpeak hours or trek over to the less bustling Larkin Street location. Come on an empty stomach. Portions here are large enough that most people have leftovers for the next day.
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    730 Larkin St
    San Francisco, CA US

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