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Jul 15, 2007 12:25 PM

Comparable thai to Sripraphai

Hi, I came here from NYC where I had the best thai of my life at a place called Sripraphai. Has anyone here in LA been there and are any of thai places here comparable in quality?

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    1. re: Servorg

      I'd be just fine with that. Have you been to Sripraphai?

      1. re: 1newyorkguy

        I live a block from Sripraphai and go there often enough and agree it is probably the best overall you'll find in NYC, though not necessarily plate for plate (there are places for better individual dishes in the Thai neighborhoods in Elmhurst). And I still pine for Thai food from LA. It doesn't get much better than the stuff you get around Thai town, North Hollywood, or Norwalk. It's because, just like in the native Thailand, most restaurants concentrate on a few things they specialize in, and that's what you get (or should get). The community in LA is large enough to support this. If you really like Thai food, go to the many dozens of places and seek out the specialties. You'll probably find them better than what Sripraphai has to offer.

    2. Having never been to Sripraphai, it's hard for me to say what is comparable. What aspects of Sripraphai do you like? Are there any dishes or regional cuisine that you like?

      1. Here's someone else from New York who had the same question recently:

        1. I've also recently moved from NYC to LA, and have found that the quality of Thai food here is generally far higher than what I got on the east coast. The lunch I had at Ruen Pair (5257 Hollywood) today was on par with dishes from Sripraphai.

          1. I have to put in a vote for Nad Pob. If they offered the seafood variation that Srip makes, their papaya salad would be #1 IMO. They also give you good portions and have a friendly place that is open *late*.

            Was not too impressed by Sanamluang (?), and their place is kinda unpleasant to eat in.

            RCA has very clean and good food, but I have found them very inconsistent. They even gave me spoiled food once, something that had never happened to me at any other Thai restaurant. They have the best interior of all the Thai Town places I've tried. Too bad I can't count on the food to always be good.

            Thai Patio is decent, but not good enough to choose it over the above.

            Last up is Ruen Pair, which was relaunched recently. Again, good but not great. I have found the food to be some what boring looking and lacking in flavor. Seems overrated based on all the hype I had heard.

            So current fave is Nad Pob, though it lacks the dessert madness of Srip. You can always do a circuit and hit the dessert shop in Thailand Plaza, which does beat Srip.

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            1. re: the_psychologist

              I'm glad to see Nad Pob mentioned here. I've been ordering from there frequently, and everything I've had from there has been very good. They certainly do NOT skimp on the heat -- even ordering their spicy dishes with "medium" heat renders them almost too spicy for me, and I have a pretty high heat tolerance.

              >>> If they offered the seafood variation that Srip makes, their papaya salad would be #1 IMO. <<<

              I thought they had a green papaya salad with crab on the menu?