The self-described "first organic Thai restaurant outside Thailand" features an extensive wine list, plenty of vegetarian fare for the herbivore in your life and an in-house waterfall.
At first glance, this may seem like run-of-the-mill Thai cuisine, but there is a richness to Little Bangkok’s food that brings all the best things about typical flavors into the light. The oily, slightly funky, sweet comforting solace of that pad Thai, for example. The unassuming location on Cheshire Bridge Road does not have enough parking for the legions of fans that frequent the restaurant, but the logistical woes are worth the effort.
In general, Malaysian cuisine cherry-picks its features from Chinese, Indian, and Malay cooking styles. Mamak's sprawling menu includes stewed curries, noodle dishes, and soups.
Favorites include Nasi Lemak, a platter filled with hunks of sparerib, potatoes, coconut rice, anchovies, and a hard-boiled egg; and Rendang beef in a heavily spiced sauce the texture of chimichurri, but the color of dark chocolate. Curry laksa, coconut milk curry with either chicken or beef, is full of supple spaghetti-like noodles you'd find in Chinese lo mein.
In a small Virginia-Highland bungalow, behind a much more imposing and vastly different Thai restaurant in Virginia-Highland, sits Panita Thai Kitchen. Service can be slow when the restaurant fills up, but only as a function of physics. While curries and noodles abound on the extensive and endearing menu, the best dishes are the less ubiquitous choices.
A clever, classy take on the crossroads cuisine of Malaysia, one of Asia's sleeping tigers. Whole fish with Thai sauce, pancakes with chicken curry, satays, noodles and crisp vegetables — all with a moderately spicy kick — are authentic, approachable and well-prepared. The setting, a bamboo summerhouse with all the latest conveniences, matches the upbeat, sunny ambiance.
Uptown take on Asian street food. Served in an open, alluring dining space, inside the W hotel.
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Spoon is sleek and uncluttered, with a comfy bar area where you can eat as well as drink. The menu is broken into appetizers, soups, salads, classic curries and stir-fries, noodles and specialty dishes. You can't go wrong with anything here, but be wary: The food is quite spicy. You have three choices — medium spicy, hot and Thai hot — and even the medium is capable of causing your mouth to sizzle.
Quality Thai fare served in pretty bistro in Colony Square.
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