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Jul 5, 2007 01:37 PM

Thai in Downtown Bethesda?

I've been trying to recall the name of a new-ish (within a few months I think) Thai restaurant that opened in downtown Bethesda. There was an article about the place in Bethesda magazine but I can't find it online in the Bethesda magazine archives, and I don't have a copy of the magazine anymore. I was hoping that someone on here might know which place I'm talking about, even better the address, or a review! All I know is that it's on the upper level of a building, and they have a few tables that are low dining tables with sunken floors for people to put their legs while eating.

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  1. Tara Thai or Sala Thai. I like Tara better.

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    1. re: Alphie

      Nope, not those.. sorry, I should've mentioned in the original post that this place was not a chain (that I am aware of), and was relatively new to the Bethesda area, so it wouldn't be either of those places.

    2. Are you talking about the restaurant on Cordell? Its on street level but has the seats you are referring to.

      The restaurant is beautiful, but I was very underwhelmed by the good. We were just in the mood for noodles and appetizers, but the pad thai was greasy and a small portion. the egg rolls (with nuts and seeds) were fine, but not what we ordered. we didn't care enough to send them back, our error.

      I hope they start investing half as much in the food as they did in the decor- it would be nice to have a new thai place to enjoy in the neighborhood.

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      1. re: dcish

        Would you happen to remember the name of the place? It sounds like it could be it, maybe I just thought it was on the upper level because the picture in the article looked like it had an upper level view of the street. I'll walk down by there tonight and see if it's the place I'm thinking of.

      2. Are you thinking of Yin Yankee on Fairmont?

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        1. re: Alphie

          No, it's definitely not Yin Yankee, it was a place that had "thai" in the name... Alphie, thanks for the catch, it seems like dcish might have been talking about YY. If all else fails, I'll be getting to the next Barnes and Noble I can get to and hoping that the latest issue is the one with the article, haha!

          1. re: gyozagirl

            I'm not talking about YY. Its definitely a thai place on Cordell next to Mias and Caddies. it has the glass on the windows that you can't see through well. I didn't take a menu because I have no intention or returning, so I do not have the name offhand.

            I reiterate- beautiful restaurant, lackluster food

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          1. Thanks everyone for your help! I am debating on trying it out tonight with some friends just to see for myself, but definitely appreciate everyone's input :-)

            1. I heard this place was formally Nam's. Does Nark Kara have any Vietnamese menu items as well? Any pho on the menu?

              1. re: gorayomd

                We actually wound up going to Olazzo instead (yes, a big jump from Thai to Italian, who knows, haha), but here's the website, gorayomd, and anyone else that might be interested. Doesn't look like they have any pho, more of the stuff you see on the majority of Thai places (Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Fried Rice, etc).


                1. re: gyozagirl

                  For Thai food in Bethesda, my favorite is still Bangkok Garden. Just make sure its on the day that the main chef is working - (ask the maitre'd). If they aren't and the stand-in chef is working, take a pass.

                  They also have a Thai language menu - so if you know someone that understands Thai, bring them along for access to the really good stuff :-D