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Thai food on the Westside

The only Thai restaurants I've been to are Toi (too many times at 2a), Natalie (once), and Thai Dishes (once). I don't know if Thai is just not my thing or I'm not experiencing good Thai food.

Is there a place on the Westside that offers a true and good Thai food experience? If not, how far do I have to travel?

Thank you.

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  1. What dishes have you tried? My love for Thai so far has been limited to their noodle dishes, mostly Pad Thai, Pad Sieu (fat noodles) and my new favorite, boat noodles. I love the boat noodles at Ayara Thai in Westchester, as well as their Pad Thai.

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    1. re: Ogawak

      Ayara Thai is, in the not-so-humble opinion of the Grubs, simply the best Thai in the city (outside of Thai Town, of course). All of their curries are excellent & Panang is best-in-class. Love the Thai toast & anything with their marvelous tamarind sauce on it. Noodle standards like pad Thai & lad na are excellent. Boat noodles comfortably better than most. Pretty much, you can't go wrong anywhere in the menu.

    2. siam chan on pretty good. their bbq items are delicious, however, their pad thai sucks. i'm still scratching my head trying to figure out how they can mess up pad thai.

      1. Chan Dara on Pico and Bundy is consistently good.
        Bangkok West on Santa Monica at 6th is excellent

        Bring your KCRW Fringe benefits card for discounts

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        1. re: yogachik

          Tuk Tuk on Pico & Swall (just west of Robertson). It's noisy, crowded & chaotic, but yummy. I try to go early on Sundays to avoid the noise & the wait. Recently went to Chan Dara - not as good as it used to be. I have a friend who thinks Tuk Tuk's green papaya salad is the best, and I love their spring rolls.

          1. re: sherpa50

            I really don't like a lot of takeout Thai, and I hear a lot of people rave about Ayara, but haven't been that impressed. There are three Thai places on the west side I love.

            Chan Dara, which sherpa50 just mentioned (see www.chandarawestla.com), Love the roasted duck and the salmon (would opt for the 'mango tango' preparation), the coconut rice there is very good, the tom ka gai chicken coconut milk soup too.

            Natalee Thai is my second-favorite. Has phenomenal (heavy) panang beef curry.. this is a very red, yummy, mild-spice curry. They're in Venice - on Venice?

            My local go-to casual place is Siam Bay in El Segundo, which has the most marvelous gingered fish dish. It's one of my favorite dinners. They're more of a local 'take out' type place than the other two (have indoor seating, but it's not a dress-up-go-out kind of place). I've also had good curries there and they've just been more consistent with better flavors than a bunch of 'Thai takeout' places I've been to.

            Siam Bay
            130 E Grand Ave
            El Segundo, CA 90245
            (310) 416-9907

            1. re: Cinnamon

              Never had a bad meal at Chan Dara.

        2. I actually quite like Thai Boom on Venice Blvd (btwn Midvale and Westwood). It is kind of a hole in the wall place and they also deliver to the surrounding area (Culver City, Palms, etc.), so it isn't the kind of place that you would pick as a destination, but the food is better than most that I've had in LA. I'm from Seattle and I'm used to being super choosy about Thai food; I tend to be disappointed in Thai food around here when I go out. Thai Boom, however, actually has chunks of lemongrass and galangal in their Tom Kha (so many other places either leave it out or just throw in dry spices) and serves Pahd Thai that doesn't appear to be produced with ketchup. I can't say anything about "true" - that is both nonspecific (as there are many true ways of preparing Thai cuisine) and totally subjective - but I think it is pretty good and definitely worth trying.

          How did you like Natalee, by the way? I've driven by a few times, but for some reason the 'B' rating throws me off.

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          1. re: coreyander

            I second Thai Boom. We've been going there since they opened and it's our favorite place on the westside. Some dishes are pretty authentic, I've been to Thailand several times and the Mango Salad for example reminds me of how they prepared it in Thailand.

            I also like the staff a lot, but that's probably because we're there every week. The prices are great too, they have a lunch menu that they serve all day long for $5.50. Try the "Pla Prik Pao", it's a pretty good fish dish and my wife's favorite.

            1. re: coreyander

              Another big thumbs up for Thai Boom. Really enjoy their yellow curry with chicken, the eggplant, and their special shrimp in a dry reddish curry butter sauce. Chicken satay was excellent. Great friendly service, and they'll really spice things up if you tell them you like things extra hot. My only quibble in several visits was that the beef in one dish was dry and tough, so go with the chicken or shrimp. On the north side of Venice at Midvale, between Overland and Sepulveda, with parking in the back.

              1. re: coreyander

                I used to always go to Natalee until someone pointed me to Thai Boom. Great place, totally casual but great food with a huge selection.

                1. re: coreyander

                  i agree, Thai Boom is a great choice.
                  i like their prik king.
                  also, if you are health conscious, they will be happy to substitute brown rice for white rice.

                2. Talesai Cafe on Olympic near Doheny is a good choice. Consistently delicious after more than a dozen visits.

                  Had dinner at Chan Dara on Pico last week and enjoyed the meal.