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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?

  1. Servorg Jun 1, 2009 06:55 AM

    If you haven't been to Jitlada yet then get over there and explain to Jazz about what you want and let her design a menu for your group.

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    Jitlada
    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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      echoparkdirt Jun 1, 2009 10:49 AM

      Jitlada is fantastic, agreed.

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      estone888 Jun 1, 2009 08:11 AM

      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.

      But,

      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.

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        echoparkdirt Jun 1, 2009 10:50 AM

        ah thank you. what to order for the best at both places?

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          estone888 Jun 1, 2009 02:17 PM

          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.

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            echoparkdirt Jun 1, 2009 02:25 PM

            thnk you. i will try both your suggestions and return.
            as for jitlada, it was transcendant when i went. but isn't it three or four dollars more per dish then red corner asia? sometimes i like late-nite cheapish thai :)

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              estone888 Jun 1, 2009 02:43 PM

              It is more expensive, but I think worth it. Still, I haven't tried its Northern Thai dishes and for some reason I have a nagging suspicion that they aren't as good as the Southern Thai menu.

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        oldiebutfoodie Jun 1, 2009 06:53 PM

        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.

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          echoparkdirt Jun 1, 2009 06:55 PM

          OK i'm sold. Anybody else got fave curries at jitlada?

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            tastycakes Jun 1, 2009 08:16 PM

            the red curry with fried softshell crab is delicious but often milder than others. the yellow curry with lamb and "pumpkin" (kabocha squash) is great as well.

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              KTLA Jun 1, 2009 08:28 PM

              Noticed nobody on this link has warned you on how spicy the curries at Jitlata can be. Unless you can handle lips burning spiciness, don't ask for "very spicy"

              1. re: KTLA
                echoparkdirt Jun 1, 2009 08:52 PM

                thnx...i am a lover of chung-king level spiciness...i usually ask for "spicy" but asking for "very spicy" sounds like im tempting the gods

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            Dylan Jun 1, 2009 09:03 PM

            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.

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