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).
Whether beneath the thatched roof of the tiki hut or at an intimate table surrounded by bamboo shoots, Papaya Thai and Asian BBQ’s tropical themes pervade the eatery’s confines. The barbecue bar grants diners a front-row seat to watch chefs expertly grill marinated meats and veggies on wooden skewers, wielding the power of fire like Prometheus to cook beef to its tender best state. A variety of Thai tasting plates and main dishes include classics such as pad thai, sizzling chicken in a thai barbecue sauce, and skewered chicken satay. From the tiki bar, bartenders pour tropical drinks such as papaya thai-ritas made with sweet mango and nutty monkeys, an almond-rum-banana concoction the staff delivers to tables by way of swinging through the rafters.
Little Thai Kitchen's chefs decorate porcelain canvasses with a menu of marinated Thai edibles presented in harlequin medleys beneath sprays of decorative bamboo. Stone and dark-cherry walls sprawl behind symphonies of silverware that clink gently like a robot with a rock in its shoe. Sticky sweet rice, veggies, and a variety of meats and seafood bask alongside spicy curries, including a green-chili concoction that the New York Times called "fierce and delicate at the same time." Frosted glass and brushed-steel lights spill warm light onto diners as they chat amid pastoral accents and artwork with Eastern influences.
Delighting food-loving locals, Thai Basil serves up freshly prepared flights of flavor that sport the spicy signifiers of authentic Thai cuisine. Cuisine classicists can sample the drunken noodles ($10/$12) mixed with any number of mouthwatering meats and tofus, or the pad thai, one of Thailand's most famous dishes, appetizingly augmented with stir-fried fettuccini noodles and steamed bliss ($10/$12). Adventurous patrons may pilot themselves toward the crispy red snapper ($20) or seafood jambalaya ($21), in which the beastly fire of choochee sauce courts the company of beauteous lobster and scallops made Cajun-style.
The New York Times praised Tengda's Milford location—one of eight in a small regional chain—as "perfect for young-at-heart couples and groups," with a high-energy atmosphere bubbling around cuisine it called "very good." The chefs draw gustatory inspiration from China, Japan, and Thailand as they create their expansive menus of Pan-Asian fare, which include fiery stir-fries, grilled meats, and sushi and provide reading material for shy diners throughout a full meal. Moody red and yellow lights dapple sleek black tables and booths, and might occasionally catch knife-flipping and drink-slinging theatrics behind the sushi and cocktail bars.