Inside White Elephant Restaurant, wood floors and light-beige walls convey a simple elegance befitting of its wide-reaching menu of Thai favorites. To prevent the eatery's tables from levitating, White Elephant's servers anchor them with hefty plates of pan-fried rice noodles with calamari, pad thai, and garlic-lover's tofu with sautéed garlic, black pepper, and thai seasoning. The menu also unfurls a long line of specialty sushi rolls that bundle up delicious sea fruits such as tempura shrimp, spicy crab, and yellowtail.
Zagat raved about New Krungthai’s curries. Owner Prapa Siripakdi brought the recipes from Thailand, and also imports fresh ingredients and spices from her native land. She incorporates the authentic flavors into surprising dishes such as a calamari curry stuffed with minced pork and simmered in green curry paste.
Regulars warn against judging this joint by its shopping mall-location. The surrounds (and low prices) might scream fast food, but the cuisine here is all made fresh-to-order. Enticing specials include pan-fried spice noodle dish with crab meat, and sauteed beef served alongside green papaya salad. All specials include free Thai iced tea.
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.
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.
This unassuming space belies the efforts of chefs who scour local markets for the freshest ingredients. Metro Active praised the spicy, crispy catfish and its “lively, chile-based sauce that’s at once spicy, sweet, and tangy.” Don’t miss the Thai roti dessert, which features coconut-milk ice cream atop lightly fried bread.