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Best Thai Restaurants on the Westside ???

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msportobello Aug 15, 2007 10:48 AM

(SM, Venice, Culver City, Century City, Westwood, etc are all fine as well...just don't want to travel too far)...Thanks!!

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    woofer Aug 16, 2007 01:56 PM

    another tuk tuk vote. depending on where you are, they deliver too.

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      ElissaInPlaya Aug 16, 2007 11:28 AM

      I second Tuk Tuk, with the caveat of asking for extra spice. I heartily disagree with the SIAM recommendation, but find Ayara Thai's food (in Westchester) is high quality and tasty; if not the most authentic.

      1. SecretAsianMan Aug 16, 2007 07:32 AM

        I quite like Westwood Thai on Westwood. They have very low prices (to serve the starving student crowd) but authentic, complex flavors. The coconut custard is killer!

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          leeners27 Aug 15, 2007 11:43 PM

          Sanam Luang in North Hollywood is wonderful. They have super fast service, the prices are decent and the food is so authentically Thai it's amazing. They're also open super late so if you're craving Thai food at midnight, definitely go there.

          Also, make sure you order the crab cakes.

          Sanam Luang
          12980 Sherman Way
          North Hollywood, CA 91605-4957
          Phone: (818) 764-1180

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            Beignets Aug 15, 2007 11:38 PM

            a small thai restaurant on santa monica blvd and colby -- siam chan. everything is decent to great except for their noodles (all) and thai iced tea.

            tuk tuk is pretty good, i agree.

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              wilafur Aug 16, 2007 09:51 AM

              agreed. i tried the pad thai and it was god awful....mushy, lacking flavor and greasy.

              however, the curries and bbq items are all good.....for the westside. =)

              1. re: Beignets
                tritip Aug 16, 2007 11:22 AM

                Yeah, tuk tuk is reasonable if you can't make it to Hollywood or North Hollywood. There's a thai restaurant in the LAX area on Manchester (West of Lincoln) called SIAM. It used to be pretty good but I haven't been there in a long time.

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                yogachik Aug 15, 2007 09:11 PM

                I love Orchid but it never seems open when I go. Is it still open, anyone?

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                  Cucinamore Aug 15, 2007 07:10 PM

                  Tuk Tuk on Pico just west of Robertson. It's fresh and clean and delicious. They tend to dumb down the spice, so ask for extra spicy.

                  1. a_and_w Aug 15, 2007 11:25 AM

                    I've really enjoyed Bangkok West. Americanized but tasty...

                    1. SauceSupreme Aug 15, 2007 11:01 AM

                      Though I haven't been in a while, my rec is Thai Boom.

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                      Thai Boom
                      10863 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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                        Beignets Aug 15, 2007 11:37 PM

                        due to ch's raves on Thai Boom, I tried it 8 times too many and still can't understand the raves... they're decent to be sure, but not the best by far. i understand there has been changes in the ownership or chef (something like that)

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                          SauceSupreme Aug 16, 2007 01:13 AM

                          I just find it to be the best option on that side of the city. It's a dropoff, certainly, from North Hollywood or Thai Town, but sometimes you just don't want to travel too far like the OP.

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                            igj Aug 16, 2007 01:28 PM

                            I ordered delivery from Thai Boom last night and we did have a new delivery guy, so maybe there are some changes??? Also, instead of some pre-packaged fried tofu, they appeared to have fried their own tofu - delicious, actually.

                            Also, while I understand there are many detractors here, Thai Boom does some Thai comfort dishes that are not that easy to find - the fish rice soup (jok), for example. It is not an elaborate dish - it is just comfort food, the sort of stuff I miss from my days living in BKK.

                            And as SauceSupreme says, sometimes you just don't want to travel to Sri Siam/Krua Thai/Sapp/Ruen Pair, etc.

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