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May 16, 2007 10:15 AM

Davan Thai in Oakland

Recently spotted this new opening near my office and decided to give it a try and ordered the Pad See Eew. Given the lack of good Thai places around this neighborhood, it's pretty good. However a far cry from Thai House Express or Osha Thai, it's way way better than Take it Easy Thai (outrageously horrible, their food doesn't taste like Thai food) that is 1/2 a block away.

I might try some other stuff in the next couple of weeks, but I still wish one with Thai house quality will open in this neighborhood.

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    1. re: sarvey

      I don't have the exact address, but it's on Webster Street, between 17th and 19th, 1/2 block from Take it easy

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      1. After years of swatting at a swarm of bugs every time I walk by that place (following its many failed incarnations), it will be a while before I try it. That may be unfair, but still, I cross the street before I get near it. And Take it Easy has its merits, they are just not the traditional dishes. Try the asparagus dishes, tasty noodles, or noodle soups sometime, they are pretty good.

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        1. re: Grubbjunkie

          Yeah, the bugs are crazy. The Cameroonian place before this was dirty, but quite tasty.

          I'll give Take it Easy another try with the dishes that you recommend, but i was put off when their pad thai did not taste/look like pad thai (it has carrots and mushroom stir fried in it), and Pad See Ew that tasted like something else.

        2. I was happy when the bug swarm disappeared but I'm not even close to wanting to eat anything from there yet.

          Please don't dis Take it Easy because it's not super traditional. The people are really nice and the duck curry is seriously heavenly ( I will order something else, someday).

          1. They're open? Cool. Just a week or so ago it still looked closed and graffiti-laden.

            A coworker mentioned a Thai place "near Dai-Ten". Guess it must have been the same place. He said it tasted more like Chinese food than Thai, but I'm not convinced. I'll probably try it myself.

            I actually don't mind Take It Easy, but you have to not think of it as Thai food, but as a kind of Thai fast food. It is far from what I think of as "authentic", but, hey, I've never been to Thailand.

            From what I understand Thai Corner (15th and Franklin) closed a month or so ago.

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            1. re: Marc Wallace

              Thai Fast Food should still taste like Thai food! e.g. King of Thai Noodle, Thai House Express, etc. But I agree it's ok to like something that's not traditional or authentic.