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May 1, 2008 07:02 PM

What is the best THAI food in Boston?

Traveling to Boston this summer and would like to know your opinion of a good THAI restaurant...thoughts?

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  1. Dok Bua, in Brookline.

    Khao Sarn in Brookline.

    Rod Dee in Brookline.

    They are located on Google ave. :)

    7 Replies
    1. re: Prav

      There are many threads on this topic, so you might want to do a search within the site. My personal favorites are probably Dok Bua, Khao Sarn, Thai Moon in Arlington Center, and Brown Sugar on Comm. Ave. in Boston.

      1. re: hiddenboston

        There's also a Brown Sugar (original location?) in the Fenway on Jersey street

        1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

          Yes, that's the original Brown Sugar. I tend to avoid that one because of parking, especially when the Sox are in town.

        2. re: hiddenboston

          Ditto Dok Bua - and they are brown bag!

          1. re: hiddenboston

            Second Thai Moon.
            I wonder if anyone on this board has eaten at Sripraphai in Queens, NY and was wondering if they felt that any boston area Thai comes close to it?

            1. re: nasilemak

              I recently had a great meal at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas, which has drawn comparisons to Sripraphai on the boards. If we assume transitivity in Thai restaurants, the places I've been here are not as good, though they do not all aspire to the same refined experience (Khao Sarn, Montien in Boston, Rod Dee 2, Dok Bua, and some place near Harvard Sq). Sounds like I should try Thai Moon.

              If you want your larb and spicy stir fried noodles, we do quite well around here. If you want higher end, elaborate curries, I don't think we're quite at that level.

              1. re: nasilemak

                I've eaten at Sripraphai and Lotus of Siam, and none of our options is as good ... but you know, some dishes at Dok Bua come close to Sripraphai, see: duck larb. What I especially liked at LoS were the Issan thai dishes -- sour sausage, Issan curries, etc.

                I've not been to S&I yet.

          2. My Thai friends like Dok Bua and Rod Dee the best. There are 2 Rod in Brookline and one near Fenway.

              1. re: Taralli

                If you end up at Montien (probably my fave), ask for the Thai menu.

                I'm a fan of Dok Bua and Khao Sarn too.

                1. re: 9lives

                  Montien has a nice set of lunch specials which includes the option of having one or two chicken curry puffs (theirs are terrific), they deliver locally, and you can get the lunch specials as take-out. I like the place a lot. I'd also say that the Eggplant Tofu Curry at Rod Dee is great. It may be new, I'm not sure.

              2. add s&i thai in allston to the list. order off the thai menu

                1. If you're renting a car and you find yourself in the near-west suburbs, check out Erawan of Siam on Moody Street in Waltham. Everything I've had there has been great. A personal favorite is the pad thai country style, which is basically a spicy (made with Thai chili sauce) version of pad thai.

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                  1. re: maxim0512

                    Has Erawan of Siam changed chefs in the past year or so? Last time there
                    ( winter 2006-07 ) we couldn't get them to ramp up the heat on a few dishes that we wanted "spicey to very spicey". Our wait person seemed to understand what we wanted, but when served, the fooded lacked fire. Adding some cold chili sauce/paste after the fact is not the same as cooking the ingredients with nice fresh Thai chilies... We tried one more trip back, but the result was the same - bland, dumbed down Thai for suburbanites....
                    The folks at Brown Sugar seem to get it when you ask for a dish to be prepared "spicey:. We've never had a bad meal there.