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Jul 3, 2007 07:23 AM

Best Thai in south florida?

Wanted the truest most authentic Thai place in south florida (from ft lauderdale to miami area) that has good seafood too :)

Heard about oishi thai and thai bayshore (i think?)...thanks!!

Cory :)

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  1. Bangkok Palace in Lauderhill on 441 (state rd 7) in the same center as Silver Pond..see my post of 5/27..lovely people and the food is sure to have the thai egg salad..on the spicy's not our kind of egg salad it's Thai and it's terrific.

    1. Try a place called Thai on the Beach, it is located where Sunrise meets A1A on top of a pizza place. The best dishes are freshly prepared seafoods with emphasis on local product. My favs are the whole fried snapper or the seafood pad thai. Excellent quality food. Another interesting place is The Four Rivers Contemporary Thai Kitchen, very well prepared dishes with lots of seafood choices and incredible deserts it is located on US1 north of Sunrise (same plaza as Croissant Time). In North Miami Beach Siam River is quite good and is on 163rd Street east of Biscayne Blvd.

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      1. re: newbiefoodieinlaud

        I'm a very big fan of Moon, there are locations in Coral Springs, West, and Coral Gables (the one I regularly go to). They also have good Japanese food, price is right, service has always been good.

      2. Some of the best Thai food that I have ever eaten came from Sea Siam...

        Sea Siam
        12735 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156

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        1. re: Clarkafella

          I'll also second the recommendation for Sea Siam, completely forgot about that, grew up right around the corner from this place and regularly ate there with the family.

        2. If you come by Naples on the south west side of Florida, try Thai Basil. Great panang curry with a fresh whole snapper or they will also do it with chicken or beef. The pad thai is just o.k, a little too sweet for me.

          1. The best Pad Thai I ever ate (and a soft-shell crab entree) was in Wilton Manor. I don't remember the name but in the 2000 block of Wilton Manor Drive (zip 33305). My husband travels and had a kitchen dealership across the street. Hubby loves the curry. Once a man came in for a 'to-go' order for four hours away drive; said his wife would kill if he didn't bring home noodles. So good - seems to be a family-run place.

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            1. re: yayajac

              I have several favorites. Lotus Siam in South Miami is fantastic. The owners of Lotus Siam also owns Sea Siam farther south (Pinecrest?) on US 1.

              Another Thai restaurant I love is Royal Thai near FIU University Park campus (on the second floor of the strip mall on Fontainebleu and 107 Ave).

              I also heard that Tamarind Thai on 79th St is excellent and has been referred to as the best in Miami.

              And also The Lunch Room in Little Haiti / Wynwood area was also recommended for having excellent Thai.

              1. re: mialebven

                We've tried Tamarind a few times and I've never been that impressed. Had very high hopes b/c the chef came from London and is supposed to have a great reputation, but we've generally found it somewhat bland. Though Tamarind is closer to us, we more often go down the street to Siam Bayshore (now called Sushi Siam I believe).

                Siam Bay Shore Gourmet Thai Food Restaurant
                1524 NW 79th St, Miami, FL 33147

                1. re: Frodnesor


                  Our go-to Thai is also Fro's choice - Sushi/Siam on the 79th Street Causeway. A Good to Very Good Thai and Sushi spot that's a favorite for spicy chicken take-home after work dinners... For going out Thai, we love Panya Thai (in the 163rd/167th Asian Corridor. Think: Ham & Eggery/Krispy Kreme turf) 520 NE 167th St, North Miami Beach; 305-945-8566.

                  We do not get there as often as we like and folks in NMB prefer Siam River closer to Biscayne @ 3455 NE 163rd St. IMHO Panya is far better... Beware that HOT means HOT, so order carefully!


                  1. re: advisor_Girl

                    I have to disagree with AG on the Panya Thai recommendation. I went there last night: the Tom Ka Kai was good but it went downhill from there. The crispy duck was tough and seemed refried. The pad thai was too bitter and not sweet enough. The people are very nice and the plates are decorated well but the food is not quite there.

                  2. re: Frodnesor

                    Frod, what did you ordered at Siam Bayshore? I don't think Siam Bayshore is Authentic enough. My favorite used to be Thai Bayshore (no relation to Siam Bayshore) in Ft. Laud. But I believed they have changed their chef or had multiple off nights. I was disappointed and have not gone back there. But, I had catered food from Siam Lotus (during Asian Festival @ Fruit & Spice Park). It's very authentic, it seems like their specialty is Issan (food from Northeast Thailand) food (papaya salad, grilled fermented pork sausage). Unfortunetely, I have yet to find a new favorite Thai place. I heard through a grapevine that Sushi Toi (on US1 btw. Oakland Park Blvd. & Commercial Blvd.) has good authentic Thai

                    1. re: Rimtalay

                      Typically get papaya salad, yam woon sen, spicy beef salad, panang curry, chicken w/ chili and basil; my kids love the "Siam Bayshore fried rice" w/ chicken, shrimp, veggies cashew & pineapple. I'm in no position to judge its authenticity but I find it to be pretty consistently good.

                    2. re: Frodnesor

                      I too had high hopes for Tamarind. The staff is very friendly and the chef was graciously accommodating, but the food was not what we had hoped for it to be. I've had Thai food in Thailand and have also been to great Thai restaurants around the country. I wanted to like Tamarind, but the food just wasn't very good. Some of the ingredients were off and the flavor just wasn't there.

                    3. re: mialebven

                      I've finally had Thai in the Lunch Room in Miami. Here's my review on it:

                      The Lunch Room. Yes... The Lunch Room. I swear... and no, it's not another horror movie in the making!

                      I kept hearing about how good this place is, but not often enough. And the reason is quite apparent... this place only serves what? Yes, you guessed it - lunch (disclaimer: this is not to say that they don't serve breakfast).

                      What's another reason for this place not getting more publicity it deserves? How about it being in the northern fringe of the run-down barrio of Little Haiti? Enough said. It might even be enough to drive away the well-heeled. But I assure you, Little Haiti definitely have some foodie gems (look at my other review of the only completely Vegan restaurant in Miami-Dade - Garden of Eatin').

                      Regardless of its lack of publicity, The Lunch Room has become one of my favorite restaurants in Upper Eastside. A pleasant and efficient lady hailing from the northern Thailand owns the restaurant and also cooks in the kitchen with another skilled chef that focuses on the Japanese side of the cuisine. Table service was good, thanks to her.

                      I had the Thai Chili Grouper ($10.99), which I admit was a bit too spicy for my taste... but the flavor jumped out and it was well made - so I still enjoyed it! The portion was big enough to make me full even before completing my meal. The presentation was also nice and the meal came with miso soup that was neither salty nor too plain. And a plus in my book, the food did not come with so much rice - which is a God-blessing!

                      Yes, it's true, I'm advocating less rice in rice-overloaded Miami! And you definitely don't need it to get full.

                      And I was lucky to also see other dishes come by my table - the huge bento boxes for lunch looked delicious and I'm tempted to try that next time. The rolls are supposedly well known here, but I have yet to see them or try them out.

                      And also, scouring over the menu, the breakfast seems to be a decent deal. Where else are you going to find an omelet with chicken and crab? Or get prosciutto and melon for breakfast? I'll admit, the breakfast may not be so Japanese or Thai, but it sounds good to me and it's not that common to find in Miami at reasonable prices this place is offering. Breakfast is served from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

                      All in all, this modern restaurant with a pleasant cafe feel (there's a patio outside and a nice bar inside) and reasonable prices (most entrees were priced between $5.99 and $10.99) will be seeing more of me whenever I'm in the mood for Japanese or Thai in this part of Miami!

                      Lunch Room
                      7957 Ne 2nd Ave, Miami, FL

                      1. re: mialebven

                        Sea of Siam is terrible. They cut the vegetables in strange combinations and use very poor quality rice. A great place to go if you want to dump someone.

                      2. re: yayajac

                        I know there are a couple Thai restaurants in Wilton Manors but beware there is one place is that is horrible. Its kind of darker, shabbier than the other ones and looks like a tiki hut.