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Dec 18, 2007 08:27 AM

Best NON-seedy-looking THAI restaurant in LA??

Hi Everyone,

I want to take my mom out for great Thai food when she comes, but I've noticed that most of the respected Thai places on this board are in these kind of dumpy-looking places. For example, I had a hard time enjoying Sanamulang in Hollywood cause the place was just too dirty!!

I'm not necessarily looking for a shi-shi Thai restaurant, but it must absolutely be clean, and if it has some charm... even better!

The only Thai place I've eaten at so far with a decent atmosphere was actually in West Hollywood (can't believe it!) at Galanga Thai. The place was cute when they lit the candles up at night. The food was solid, although may here might think the menu on the conservative side.

Any other suggestions??

Yes, we love crab salad, fish, etc. NOT CRAZY about the coconut-curry stuff though. THANKS A MILLION!!

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  1. Saladang Song
    363 S Fair Oaks Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    Phone: (626) 793-5200
    Fax: (626) 793-7030

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      1. re: Servorg

        Yes, Saladang Song has wonderful ambiance, but I've found the food keeps getting more unremarkable every time I go.

        Chan Dara on Larchmont is also in a nice setting (though not as "wow" as Song - except maybe for the waitresses!). The food there doesn't blow me away either, but it's probably better than Salandang Song these days.

        1. re: stochasticgirl

          Yes, all the Chan's would be good options. In addition to Larchmont, I believe they still have ones in Hollywood, West LA, and Marina del Rey.

      2. I've had a great dinner Naraya Thai. Upscale and modern interior with some nice twists on Thai cuisine.

        Naraya Thai
        1128 S Robertson Blvd
        Los Angeles, CA 90035
        (310) 858-7738

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        1. re: Ernie

          Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!
          Naraya's kitchen is fantastic, great service too.

        2. Jitlada is very clean, an mildly charming, inside but the parking lot is a tad seedy. The the food, however, is fantastic and the staff quite nice.

          1. I have not been but the "atmosphereics" of Nakkara sound good for Mom.

            1. I haven't been there in a while, but Rambutan on Sunset just east of Silverlake Blvd. is a very nice, comfortable atmosphere. When it first opened the food was very good, although my last couple of visits - admittedly more than a year ago - it had become a bit too middle of the road for my tastes. But, that might be a good thing for mom.

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              1. re: estone888

                I think the food and ambiance of Rambutan make it a perfect fit for the original poster's request. I've eaten there most recently about 3-4 months ago, and the food was very good. Love the atmosphere and the soju cocktail menu as well.

                Their website has photos of the restaurant interior: