Jaded Thai?s chefs personalize every order that leaves the kitchen. The pan-fried noodles, six types of curry, and stir-fried entrees can emerge with the diner's choice of tofu, meat, or seafood, as well as spice level ranging from mild to intensely hot. The heat stems from the fiery Thai chilies, which add piquant flavors to the menu items' aromatic doses of ginger, basil, or housemade peanut sauce.
In their Cheap Eats section, the Chicago Tribune complimented Siri Thai II’s red and gold décor and took note of some of the more exotic items on the menu, such as the steamed escargot, mussels stir-fried with sweet basil leaves, and sizzling duck à la Siri. Owners Pam and Rath Lanpouthakoun draw upon their Thai and Laotian heritages as they serve up theses adventurous dishes alongside MSG-free classics including pad thai, curries, and fried rice.
Every bite at Oishii Thai is essentially a flavor-explosion. With vivid ingredients such as of fresh cilantro or mint, ginger and garlic, chili peppers and other herbs and spices, it?s no wonder. Standard Thai favorites such as panang curry and Pad Thai can be found here, along with sushi, teriyaki specials, and plenty of vegetarian options. The casual, welcoming dining area features original artwork from the artists of Silphakorn?a famous art academy in Thailand?along with granite tabletops and sunny yellow walls.
The flavors of Japan and Thailand merge at Fuji Thai, where chefs create traditional and contemporary takes on both culinary traditions. Thai curry, noodles, and spicy Bangkok chicken share menu space with 40+ signature and sushi maki rolls, such as crunchy spicy tuna and the Chicago Bear—which tops crab meat, wasabi mayo, and cucumber with seared salmon and BBQ eel.
Chefs imbue Zakuro Thai Sushi Cuisine's intimate dining room with the aromas of traditional Thai noodle dishes, fried rice, and seven types of curry. For dinner, they craft specialties such as deep-fried soft-shell crab with basil sauce, served with vegetables and a choice of white, brown, or fried rice. At the sushi counter, chefs hand-roll maki including the Hollywood, layering spicy tuna and shrimp tempura inside kelp or soybean paper and topping the bundle with fried onions and seared Cajun albacore. The softly lit restaurant boasts wood floors, Asian figurines, and tall, twig-like accents that are lit from beneath, casting spindly shapes on the walls like two saplings making shadow puppets.
At Baisi Thai the staff takes presentation seriously. Sushi chefs decorate rolls such as the Rainbow Dragon, Green Turtle, and Caterpillar to look like their namesakes, with caviar eyes and vegetable horns. Bartenders fill cocktail glasses with neon-green Baistinis and other mixed drinks and, in the kitchen, curried noodles collide with stir-fried veggies and traditional Thai basil. The airy, spacious eatery, located at the Oakbrook Center mall, is striped with translucent space dividers, and avenues of thin, vertical reeds sway between orange columns and UN delegates researching models for international flavor cooperation.