The Bangkok Chef kitchen is a treasure trove of fresh, exotic ingredients—from juicy mangos to crisp kaffir leaves to fiery chilies. Chefs fold the ingredients into a comprehensive array of traditional Thai specialties, including curries, noodle dishes, and stir-fries. Inside the bustling kitchen, you'll find them flying around stirring tender duck and pineapple into a red curry and peeking into pots of bubbling tom yum soup, ensuring each dish is spiced to perfection. Servers carry dishes out into the bright dining room, where soft lights illuminate intimate tabletops and comfy booths, and expert bartenders blend up lychee martinis and minty mojitos. The restaurant sometimes closes briefly after the lunch rush before reopening in the evening, allowing chefs time to assemble fresh ingredients for dinner or attend rehearsals for the kitchen's upcoming production of Oklahoma!.
The culinary couriers at Fire Wok dispatch delicious parcels of fresh, made-to-order pan-Asian provisions in a comfy, casual setting. The diverse menu takes tongues on a tasty tour through all fourteen levels of the USDA food pyramid, from the savory veggies of the Singapore rice noodles ($5.99, $6.99 with chicken or beef) to the exotic coconuts, pineapple, and raisins of the Malaysian curry ($7.29 vegetables or tofu) and the fresh-squeezed flavor of the lemon chicken ($7.29). Crush peanuts and hunger pangs with the savory pad Thai ($5.99, $6.99 with chicken or beef, $7.99 with shrimp or scallops), or set maws delectably ablaze with the Peking Fire ($7.29–$8.59).
iZap Thai & Sushi Bar's name reflects the dual Thai and Japanese influences that inspire the chefs. Thai-style curries arrive with aromatic combinations of coconut milk, basil, and kaffir lime leaves, which ensure that each bite tastes more complex than a stew full of Rubik's cubes. To accommodate virtually any palate, the chefs can add varying amounts of spice to the entrees and create dishes that range from mild to molten hot. Although the Japanese sushi selection adopts a different approach with its clean, relatively simple flavors, the chefs do roll seven specialty maki with more assertive cores of sriracha sauce or jalapeños.
Cylindrical-pendant lamps and track lighting give the split-level dining area a slightly modern vibe, but the Thai statues and wall art echo the restaurant's commitment to its trans-Pacific influences.
The sustainable Thai cooking classes at Thai Fresh have an edge on any cooking course looking to compete: their instructor is co-owner Jam Sanitchat, who developed her skill set over countless hours spent in her grandmother’s kitchen in Thailand. The fully stocked market not only hosts classes where students learn how to cook, but supplies them with the ingredients they need to make their own Thai meals. The deli area serves up inspiration with an extensive menu featuring classic Thai dishes and samples of dishes currently being taught in Sanitchat’s classes. Sanitchat brings an extra kick to her authentic recipes with local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients such as free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, and rice noodles shaped by local document shredders.
Thrice, the neighboring café, serves fresh-baked pastries and sandwiches made onsite daily. A schedule of singers and folk artists entertains diners as they sip coffee, wine, or give themselves suds mustaches with local beers on tap.
Happy Bowl Asian Restaurant's spice-slinging chefs match a menu of classic Thai dishes with a casual BYOB policy. Amid seven curry selections swims the sweetly spiced salmon ($10.95) sailing through torrents of broccoli, bell peppers, and basil. Combination platters, such as chinese broccoli with crispy pork ($7.95) or beef in savory oyster sauce ($7.95) share plate space and spicy secrets with a choice of fried or steamed rice and a crunchy egg roll. Midday noshers can slurp up lunch-size portions of spicy basil noodle ($5.99) or comforting pad see ew ($5.99) before returning to less-delicious duties elsewhere.
Cuisine Type: Authentic Thai cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Pad thai, duck mango, drunken noodles
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Please ask our experienced staff for any help, diet preferences, or suggestions regarding our menu.
What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Oftentimes someone will say our food tastes like what they experienced when visiting Thailand. The best may be when someone says their particular dish was the best of its type they have ever had.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
As co-owner with my wife, I bring over 35 years of fine-dining restaurant experience to our kitchen and dining room. We are passionate foodies, completely addicted to the Food Network and we put a lot of love into our food and service.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
Our head chef is from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand and our sous chef from Bangkok in the south. My wife is from Thailand as well, so we combine old family, traditional as well as recipes currently popular in the country. We are always on the lookout for new and interesting ideas.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
An extensive collection of authentic Thai dishes from all over Thailand, many not offered in other restaurants, as well as popular favorites. All foods are house-made and prepared to order. We travel yearly to Thailand and bring back taste profiles of current cuisine around the country and re-create those tastes here in Texas.