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Oct 2, 2006 05:53 PM

Chef Jet's Top Ten LA Thai?

Did anyone make a list of Chef Jet Tila's top ten thai restaurants in LA from Saturday's "Good Food" broadcast? I wasn't sure that he actually did 10 places even, but the ones he mentioned got me very excited. There wasn't anything on his website either.

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  1. from memory, and not in exact order:
    Yai - Hollywood -- this was his favorite
    Sunshine - North Hollywood
    Ruen Pair - Hollywood (he didn't note that they are closed for remodeling)
    Red Corner Asia - Hollywood
    Thai Nakorn - Buena Park
    Hollywood Thai - Hollywood
    The Palm - Hollywood

    That's all I can remember, but you can listen to the streaming show on KCRW.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Chowpatty

      Bear in mind that Thai Nakorn is now in Garden Grove -- the Buena Park location has closed. It's still excellent, a worthy contender (food-wise, anyway) with Lotus of Siam in Vegas.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Makes one wonder how on top of it he really is!
        Thai Nakorn, Buena Park, has been closed for quite some time.

        1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

          "Makes one wonder..." I was also surprised at his pick for #1. As I described below, we ate at Yai the same night of his report, and while it was very good, it might not be my pick for THE top Thai restaurant in LA -- and we did have one of the dishes that he raved about.

          Please do try it, because it is quite good (no decor at all!), but Number One???

      2. re: Chowpatty

        I tried listening to the podcast and he mumbled a lot. I think he only mentioned the 7 you listed, unless he quickly slipped some in there. Maybe they had to edit it down to fit the broadcast cuz it seemed like he skipped(in reverse order) from #6 (Red Corner) to #2(Sunshine). Although without calling it one of his faves he did mention the Buddhist Temple, I think.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            Are any of those places in Thai Town?

          2. We went to Yai (#1 pick) after we heard the report. It is truly a hole-in-the-wall, in a small mini-mall, but the food is really good. Is it "the best" Thai I have ever had? -- no, but I would return for dinner.

            I enjoyed a longan juice drink that was a nice change from Thai tea. We also had a crispy catfish which was recommended by Chef Jet. This had an apple/red onion/pepper salsa with it that was perfectly spiced to cut the fry of the catfish. We also enjoyed a glass noodle/shrimp dish.

            When we began, about 6-ish on Saturday night, there were only a few other tables occupied. When we left, 7:30-ish, the place was full. Service was quite friendly.

            1. i love chef jet tila! he teaches classes at new school of cooking in culver city, and it's always great!

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              1. re: tuttifrutti

                oooh, what school is that?


                1. re: ciaobella

                  That's the name: The New School of Cooking.

                  Now what's on second?


                  1. re: Professor Salt

                    What a coincidence! I just got my wife a gift certificate for that school 2 weeks ago, but I'd never heard of it. Cool!

                2. re: tuttifrutti

                  Chef Jet is a great teacher, he also teaches at Sur La Table. I took a knife skills class from him and fell in love.

                  1. re: Muhlyssa

                    I took a 3 part class from him at Sur La Table... Great teacher, and an awesome guy! Felt like I tripled my kitchen skills from the classes with him.

                    I think the Garden Grove restaurant he listed might be his family's. I also remember him talking about a foodstand place in a downtown market area as having incredible Thai food as well, but I can't remember the name of it.

                    1. re: Detroit Slim

                      I enjoyed my class at New School of Cooking with him as well. His family is not affiliated with Renu Nakorn though -- they own Royal Thai in Newport and Laguna as well as Bangkok Market on Melrose.
                      I can't imagine what Thai place would be downtown, are you sure he wasn't talking about the Wat Thai temple in North Hollywood?

                      1. re: Chowpatty

                        FWIW, I drove by Royal Thai in Newport and saw a sign that said cooking classes.

                  2. re: tuttifrutti

                    i took his class there. not only was the class great -- an asian cooking class where he really delved into the differences between various asian cooking (japanese soy versus chinese soy, brown sugar versus palm sugar etc) and offered up some great but not too complicated recipes -- but he even met me a few days later at bangkok market in order to walk me through the store and help me stock up my pantry with the appropriate asian cooking sundries. such a nice guy.

                  3. I've tried and enjoyed many of the restaurants on the list. Did anyone catch the missing 2 from the list? In a city like LA with so many good Thai reasturants it would be easy to double or triple the list.

                    1. Thanks for getting the info up everyone. I wonder what those other 3 were...