Cool sips of creamy green-tea frappes and thai iced coffee balance the fiery curries and delicately seasoned stir-fries at Elephant Thai Short Pump, whose chefs import their spices from Thailand each week. This touch of authenticity is palpable in the seasoned chicken, pork, and shrimp inside the kanom jeeb thai dumplings as well as in the spicy chili and garlic sauce that drowns helpings of vegetarian drunken noodles.
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A chalkboard sign sits on the red-brick sidewalk outside Beauregard's Thai Room, listing handwritten specials such as Thai-style red curry and grilled-chicken avocado salad. Walk past the restaurant's black wrought-iron fence and you'll find a courtyard lush with greenery that leads up into a historic building adorned with a bright-yellow canopy. When weather permits, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner in the outdoor courtyard; otherwise, it's just as nice to take a seat in the dining room, which is illuminated by chandeliers and, if the windows are open and it's a clear day, the occasional solar flare.
It?s quite forgivable if guests forget where they are inside Tara Thai. The atmosphere is more reminiscent of a boat in the water than a restaurant on land?as evidenced by the painted dolphins and fish that swim past port windows on the wall. Illuminated glass dividers etched with marine life separate the booths, and decorative seaweed sculptures rise high above diners? heads. As for the menu, it's populated by classic Thai dishes such as pad thai, fried rice, and panang curry studded with pieces of chicken, seafood, or tofu.
At Siam Classic, owner and Bangkok-native Unchalee and her sons Christian and Christopher create a huge array of traditional Thai dishes. House specialties include fish or lamb curry, plus kung ob woon sen––a casserole of shrimp, crab, and bean curd noodles served in a clay pot––and classic noodle dishes like pad thai. And, to wash it all down, there's also an array of beers and cocktails along with exotic non-alcoholic beverages such as thai limeade and thai bubble tea.
Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisines fuse together in Miso Asian Grill & Sushi Bar’s dishes. Its chefs hand roll sushi and prep entrees that are free of additives and preservatives and loaded with hand-cut seasonal vegetables. They slather eggplant with chili-garlic sauce and smother whole fried red snapper in red curry sauce before setting them to simmer atop the kitchen’s wok or grill. Elsewhere, chefs manning the sushi bar craft abundant hand and classic rolls alongside 20 specialty rolls, such as the spicy Crab Killer, which is served with a detailed description of the wanted crustacean’s likeness. Each of the chef’s creations can be served to waiting patrons in Miso’s contemporary, art-adorned dining room or on its outdoor patio, which is nestled beside a tranquil pond.
Lin's Asian Bistro unites Chinese, Japanese, and Thai specialty dishes on a menu divided into more than a dozen categories, including a health and diet section with mostly vegetarian options. Open daily, the restaurant whips up each creation in a fashion true to its culture of origin, such as Thai specialty The King & I–jumbo shrimp and scallop, cooked with Thai spices, and combined with basil and peppers in a spicy brown sauce.