East-West Grille serves a plethora of pan-Asian eats from menus that spotlight Laotian and Thai cuisine. Laotian options include sausage, stews, fried rice, and spiced meats such as the larb-gai, minced grilled chicken breast bathing in lime juice and seasoned with ginger, scallions, cilantro, and bean sprouts ($9.95 for lunch; $11.95 for dinner). The mangkham salad meshes protein and greens in a tastier alternative to watering your vegetable garden with egg whites, with your choice of chicken, pork, or shrimp comingling with lettuce, herbs, nuts, tomatoes, and noodles ($7.50 for lunch; $8.95 for dinner).
Thai Place infuses authentic Thai dishes with locally sourced ingredients for a mélange of more than 100 traditional and contemporary Southeast Asian dishes. Though some may view Thai food as merely spicy, the recipes at Thai Place run the gamut from the loving, noodly arms of a sweet pad thai ($6.50/lunch, $7.50/dinner) to the tangy gastronomic fireworks of hot-basil calamari ($9.95). Wrap your mouth around Bangkok beef, an eastern barbecue amalgamate of soybean sauce and sirloin ($9.50), or ponder the savory mysteries of a hypnotic yellow curry ($6.50/lunch, $9.50/dinner).
At Mae Kong Thai—a restaurant named after the river that separates Thailand and Laos, they serve up the foods of their homeland. Mouthwatering aromas drift from Mae Kong Thai's kitchen, emerging from pans of duck stir-fry with Thai herbs and spices and coconut-milk curries flavored with lemongrass and sweet basil. Diners at the BYOB restaurant might also opt for a plate of pad thai or simmering pho, pairing the meal with a glass of thai iced tea with freshly squeezed lime. Dishes can be made with seafood, such as red snapper, or their choice of meat, and they also feature a variety of vegetarian dishes with colorful, fresh vegetables.
Studio lighting illuminates the colorful paper umbrellas hanging from the ceiling at Siam Glastonbury, sending red and yellow hues to the plush leather booths below. Amid this warm ambiance, waiters flit from the kitchen to the tables with heaping dishes of fresh, MSG-free Thai favorites. Dumplings and spicy soups pave the way for four types of fried rice, six noodle dishes, and seven curries, all of which come with your choice of nine proteins, including pork, shrimp, and duck.
Determined to introduce the public’s collective palate to creative Asian-inspired food, the cooks at Noodles prepare their namesake dish following both traditional Thai recipes and their own unique formulas. They craft a multitude of soups ranging from the classic udon noodle soup to the unconventional nava noodle soup, which combines seafood, minced chicken, fish balls, fish cake, and crushed peanuts in a spicy lime broth.
Customers shouldn’t let the name fool them, though—the culinary team has more than noodles and broths in their wheelhouse. They also prepare six meat-based rice bowls and 10 salads that combine ingredients such as steamed shrimp, mint, crushed peanut, and carrots. The chefs also have their own specialties, including shrimp and tofu curry and Duck in Red—roasted duck simmered in panang-curry sauce and topped with string beans, bell peppers, and herbs. This is not to be confused with Duck in White—a female duck on her wedding day.