Voted the Best Ethnic Restaurant by Berks County Living in 2009, Thai Cuisine packs Southeast Asian flavor into each lunch and dinner dish. This laid-back eatery specializes in quality, vegetable-filled entrees such as the shrimp curry in red coconut cream sauce ($16.95) as well as lighter salads ($7.95–$8.95), and traditional, flat and tasty pad thai noodles ($15.95 with chicken). Each meat-centric dish can be made vegetarian-friendly, and diners can specify the spiciness of their order, selecting from mild, medium, hot, or hotter than the surface of the moon. The eatery also maintains a friendly BYOB policy, making its dining quarters a prime spot for group get-togethers.
Thai Spice's plenteous noodle and curry dishes infuse rich flavors from traditional Thai recipes. Dress up perpetually bald tongues with the spicy basil noodle, a wide-noodle dish laced with string beans, mushrooms, and chili peppers ($10.95–$13.95). Alternatively, bored forks can search for the seafood-combo treasure at the bottom of the Emerald Sea platter ($17.95), or sample the bamboo shoots swimming in coconut, carrots, sweet peppers, and broccoli in the kang ped curry ($12.95–$14.95).
The ingredients used in Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine are vastly different, as are the methods of preparation. At Zhuang's Garden, they come together in surprising ways. Eight crackling hibachi-grill tables and a sushi bar represent Japan, and Chinese décor and the aromas of lo mein hint at the traditions of that nation. Glasses of wine clink together above plates of Thai food at the BYOB eatery, where the dishes include curry that is the brilliant yellow of turmeric or a banana salesman’s business card.
Thai 2 Go’s chefs draw on traditional and modern influences to concoct their own recipes for noodle dishes, curries, and sizzling stir-fries. Aromatic basil leaves, spicy chilis, and coconut milk season dishes such as pad thai and panang curry. No matter what you order, expect leftovers—even sturdy chopsticks begin to resemble toothpicks when considered beside the huge, family-size portions.
Traditional tastes of Thailand adorn the romantic tables within Jazmine's dining room, introducing palates to flavorful bursts of signature lemongrass, bright chilies, and peanut-sprinkled dishes. For lunch, try the dancing sea salad ($10), a waltz of spicy grilled squid and shrimp soaring over a ballroom of mixed greens. If you swing by during the dinner hour, dive into a hearty plate of green curry ($14), a cornucopia of vegetables doused in coconut milk and topped with basil and your choice of meat or tofu. A full bar also resides in the relaxing space, allowing diners to complement their dishes with tasty libations like the lychee martini ($7), a tropical and tangy fusion of fruit, liquor, and giggle zest.
While scanning the pages of Nooddi Thai Chef's eclectic and lengthy menu amid the eatery's oceanic murals, eyes are forced to stop at words that stand out against the traditional "dumpling," "curry," and "satay." The kitchen staff's specialties cause these double takes on a daily basis, as they introduce eccentric proteins such as wild boar in a garlic red curry sauce or sautéed alligator in an aromatic herb sauce. In addition to their Thai classics, the cooks assemble flavors from across Asia, including those in Vietnamese pho, Japanese yakisoba, and Indonesian mee goreng.
Erawan Thai Cuisine's dishes nourish bellies and eyes with a visually stunning blend of fresh veggies, vibrant sauces, and tender meats. Morsels of chicken pork, fish, and shrimp mingle with piquant chili and ginger, and 11 meatless entrees appease vegetarian palates with seasoned tofu and veggie blends. Thanks to the restaurant's liberal BYOB policy, guests can pair zesty papaya salads or mango-sauced duck meat with their favorite beverage, free from the oppressive limitations of corkage fees or taxes levied by King George. Customers can also work hand-in-hand with chefs to fashion catering packages for any occasion.