Great Thai in Santa Monica/ Venice Area?
My mom, boyfriend and I will be in LA in June, we're staying near Venice beach and will be visiting my Grandmother who lives in a nursing home in Santa Monica.
Anyone know of any really great Thai restaurants within the Santa Monica/Venice/UCLA area? Cost isnt much of an issue, just looking for REALLY good Pad Thai and Red and Green Curries mostly... any suggestions (especially those with website links) would be greatly appreciated!
While there are a lot of Thai restaurants in the area you specify, there aren't any I'd consider great.
My favorite of the area are:
Ayara in Westchester
Poom Thai in Venice
Tuk Tuk on Pico near Robertson
with Tuk Tuk being my favorite of the three.
Of course, you really should treat yourself and get out to Hollywood for the truly great stuff.
Jitlada's Southern Thai menu is astounding and Ruen Pair is wonderful all around.
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Ruen Pair Restaurant
5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Ayara Thai Cuisine
6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Tuk Tuk Thai Restaurant
8875 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Poom Thai Cuisine
2204 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Thai restaurants in Hollywood are about as cheap as a sit-down restaurant can be. I have trouble spending more than $25 for two at Ruen Pair since it is BYOB. At Jitlada, where you can have a real feast especially if you can round up a few more people, you still will be hard-pressed to spend more than $20 per person.
I just found out tonight that Sam (the owner) cooks at Poom Thai on Sunday and Monday nights. This is great news -- I've been mourning their gradual slide downhill that seemed to be linked to Sam's taking on more of a managerial role (and hiring others to do the cooking).
All I had tonight was take-out tom yum kai, so I can't really judge whether they're back up to snuff. (It was very tasty, though.) But back when they opened, Sam was a great cook, and I doubt that's changed.