What is the best place for Thai curries in Thaitown?
- echoparkdirt Jun 1, 2009 12:15 AM
I have been going to ruen pair, but i've just realized that the curries are substandard. and the chicken satay they gave us tasted like it was 5 days old -- an insult, really. So I'm over them.
Now, where would you recommend for the best thai curries in ThaiTown?
Jitlada is by far my favorite for southern Thai style curries, the dry curry in particular is one of the great dishes in the city, if not the country. I almost never go to any other Thai restaurants in town.
For other sorts of curries - of the sort that you've had at Ruen Par but better (green curry, red curry, Panang curry) - you might want to try either Yai (in the shopping plaza at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vermont) or Red Corner Asia - in the back of the same strip mall as Ruen Par.
I think the red duck curry at Red Corner Asia is especially good. Their Panang curry is also good. At Yai I'd go with the Panang curry, the jungle curry or the green curry.
But I do think you should definitely also try the curries at Jitlada, especially the dry curry and the jungle curry - although my guess is that the others will also be very good there, I just haven't tried them since I order only off the Southern Thai menu when I'm at Jitlada.
re: Jitlada. If you try the curries from the original Southern menu, they are priced mostly $8.95 - $9.95. We are currently addicted to the #5 Spicy turmeric curry with catfish and pickled bamboo shoots. Also #3 the spicy curry with beef and pickled cassia buds. (I guess we're into pickles!) But there are so many. Just ask Jazz, she can guide you. It's not all dry curry or jungle curry, although they are wonderful.
I know it doesn't get tons of respect as a food destination, but I think that the deer curry at Palms Thai is outstanding. The whole branches of green peppercorns are a nice touch, and of course it's unusal to see a venison curry in LA. I generally don't go at times when they have live entertainment (weekends?). The other great thing about Palms is that it's completely consistent and the service is excellent. Jitlada is tasty, but can be pretty hit or miss.