Yellow, green, and red curries bubble slightly in pans, ready to be poured over pieces of pork and shrimp. Nearby, chefs flip teriyaki-glazed salmon filets and barbecue chicken on the grill inside Thai California Kitchen. They also pan-fry noodles and sauté proteins in a variety of dressings including peanut sauce or Thai chili paste.
Black-and-white photographs provide a stark contrast to Tasty Thai's bright fuchsia walls. The chefs strive to strike this same balance between bold flavors and delicate accents in their traditional Thai dishes. Accents of pineapple, lemongrass, and coconut milk appear in pan-fried noodles and fried rice. For many dishes, guests can choose from a host of proteins, such as chicken, shrimp, and tofu, then select a spice level, which, like lists of your favorite fingers, is on a scale of 1 to 10.
Siam Kitchen concocts a bountiful menu of flavorful, authentic Thai cuisine culled from fresh ingredients. Customers can commence feasts with deep-fried tofu drenched in peanut sweet-and-sour sauce ($7.95) or crab angels stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in wonton skin, and topped with halos fashioned from bent chopsticks ($3.95). Rice noodles treat taste buds to stir-fried sensations in pad thai ($7.95) or sautéed succulence in lard nar ($7.95), and a roasted duck fillet ($8.95) reclines beside chinese broccoli on a luxurious rice bed. As Emerald curry ($8.95) heats up sweet peas, carrots, and bamboo shoots trundling down tongues, chopped eggplant slathered in spicy chili dark sauce ($8.95) thaws mouths frosted from kissing snowmen.
Thai Juan On features a menu that is chock-full of authentic Thai taste foundations, slightly altered to fit the grooves of American Thai eaters' taste buds. Kick things off with the likes of crispy noodle/mee krob ($6.95), before diving mouth-first into the rest of the menu. The dinner terrain covers more than 40 soup, noodle, rice, and entree dishes, including the magnificent noodle/mee phat num prik poa, which melds egg noodles with shrimp, scallop, calamari, and veggies ($15.95). The mermaid's dowry/pla prik lets diners sample the spicy taste of grilled sole, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, and onions before awkwardly explaining to their parents that they're in love with a human-fish hybrid. Thai Juan On's daily lunch menu features midday palate jolts like the Crying Tiger ($9.95)—grilled beef with spicy lime sauce—and the Red Devil ($10.95), spicy beef masaman curry with potato and onion.