Siam Orchid weaves fresh organic ingredients into upscale Thai dishes, served in a bright and airy dining room. Rolled lavender napkins and crisp white tablecloths greet patrons as they slide into a high-backed seat and begin perusing a menu of aromatic dishes. Each dish is based on traditional Thai classics, such as the pad thai with river shrimp or complex curries with stewed organic beef, slow-braised New Zealand rack of lamb, or organic sliced chicken breast. Homegrown kaffir lime leaves star in a curried dish of fried prawns, and shrimp, and a crispy taro nest cradles a medley of crispy chicken breast, vegetables, and spicy brown sauce.
The restaurant’s respect for the environment shines in their choice of eco-conscious ingredients, while their décor evokes the natural world with tall arrangements of branches and sprays of flowers painted on violet walls. Gold-striped curtains part over wide picture windows to allow views of the street and of petite tables that sit outside.
The chefs at Karakade Thai Cuisine mix flavorful ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir-lime leaves to craft classic Thai dishes. Tofu, green onions, and ground peanuts sink into a soft bed of noodles in traditional pad thai ($9.95), and more adventurous basil chicken crawls through thickets of thai chilies, peppers, and sweet basil ($8.95). Diners lick their lips between forkfuls of sweet-and-sour pork ($8.95), wipe their brows between bites of spicy green-curry fried rice with a choice of meat ($9.95–$14.95), and punt paper footballs into neighbors' wineglasses between sips. Guests can open their own wine for a corkage fee or sample the bar’s imported thai beers ($3.95).
The chefs at Buri Tara Thai Cuisine draw culinary inspiration from regions across Thailand when crafting dishes such as panang curry and bangkok duck. They intersperse local and sustainable veggies and meats into their courses whenever possible, melding pan-fried Thai rice noodles with bean sprouts and ground peanuts in the familiar pad thai, and salmon green curry with bamboo shoots and basil. The menu also includes vegetarian options for non-meaters or werewolves trying to change their ways.
Since 1993, sisters Ikun, Cholada, Mimi, and Neena have been proudly sharing the flavors of their homeland with the people of the Bay Area. The sisters even hosted crown Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn of Thailand Bangkok Bay for a special dinner for the Stanford faculty and staff. Bangkok Bay Thai Cuisine’s menu is packed with authentic Thai dishes including curries, stir-fried noodles, and rice dishes, all made with fresh herbs and spices and without MSG or witchcraft. Along with lunch, dinner, and early-bird dining options, customers can enjoy fruit and vegetable carving classes for deeper glimpses into Thai culture.
A mélange of savory aromas fills Chula Thai Cuisine's dining room, giving diners a preview of the menu's complexly seasoned entrees. In addition to simmering curries with aromatic blends of pumpkin, coconut milk, and basil leaves, the chefs forge platefuls of Thai-style barbecue, which FosterCityPatch called "the restaurant's crown jewel." The entrees trigger taste buds for each of the four basic flavors—bitterness, saltiness, sourness, and sweetness—but the chefs can also add dollops of chili sauce to create spicier, more intense dishes that can be used to refill mace canisters.
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.
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.