Decent Thai Food - South Bay (Near El Segundo)
- cagey Oct 26, 2009 11:47 AM
Last night we were jonesing for Thai food in our local area (El Segundo). With few other options than Siam Bay (on Grand Ave in E.S.), and not wanting to venture down toward Manhattan beach or back up to Westchester, we gave up.
We lived in Westchester for 10 years so we're aware of Araya (which I thought was OK but not "great, knock-sox-off" like some gush about here), Siam (Lannathai on Lincoln/Manchester), Thai Thalay (Lincoln - recently refurbished and while I thought new menu was ok, not worth price or portions), and the mediocre Thai Dishes (manchester location - NOT Santa Monica location which was our favorite decades ago). Other options we've tried in our search were further afoot toward Venice (Flower of Siam - now Agra Indian).
Perhaps we need to simply look further south to Manhattan (Thai Dishes on Manh B Blvd)? Might even have to go back to Araya in Westchester, although I don't know if they'd deliver to E.S.
As a side note, the only place of the above mentioned that did an *excellent* Tom Ka Gai was "Flower of Siam" (which sadly went downhill and closed a few years ago).
Can anyone recommend:
A) notable Thai food in or near El Segundo, Westchester, Manhattan Beach
B) notable Tom Ka Gai (or other great soups!) in said area
C) Delivery friendly or decent "to-go" standards.
Willing to drive a few miles and hope they'd deliver to our locale.
i'm not sure this is possible. i work in the south bay and don't even bother.
i eat regionally - when in the south bay (torrance, gardena) i stick with japanese, korean, and certain mexican places.
i would never in a million years even attempt to get good thai in manhattan beach. energy is just better spent on driving to thai town or north hollywood for the good stuff.
Well I'm sure I can lower my standards enough to get by on "local" Thai. Doesn't have to be Renu Nakorn or Palm Thai every time.
Just out of curiosity (and not to stray off topic) but what mexican do you like in So. Bay?
Welcoming further suggestions for Thai Food in Westchester, El Segundo, Hawthorne, or Manhattan Beach. Come on folks, can't get off the hook that easy.
I like Lomita Thai... isn't that the lil' red building off of PCH? I'm so glad they deliver. Thai Rama is also pretty good.
My favorite thai places aren't in the South Bay.... it's Bamboo House near Los Feliz off of Vermont and Hollywood or Royal Thai Orchid Restaurant off of Tustin St in Orange.
Yes, it's the little red building. I like their food because it has a good amount of spice to it. Most Thai I've had on the westside, near Culver City ...like Thai Boom, is far too sweet with not enough spice and heat to counterbalance the sweetness. Sometimes it is helps to order it spicy, but sometimes if I'm not ordering myself during an office lunch, I'll forget and I end up not enjoying my meal.
I'll have to give Thai Rama a try.
I'm not a Thai expert, but my go-to place is Bamboo Thai Bistro. Qualifier -- I ask for "mild" spiciness. I've had their curries, pad thai, pad see ew, stir fries, etc. I had the larb (full strength) once -- they can do spicy.
The interior is spare, but nice. The street is in the process of gentrification. Good luck.
Bamboo Thai Bistro, 2208 Artesia, Redondo Beach, 90278. (31) 798.4618
Redondo Beach Cafe
1511 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Bamboo Thai Bistro
2208 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Pad Thai Restaurant
12620 Westminster Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Bamboo Thai is definitely owned by the same people as Thai Dishes / Thai Family in Manhattan Beach -- they told me they are. I've long complained that the Thai Dishes owners have a monopoly on Thai food close to my house....like the Thai mafia or something. Their food is so-so....it fulfills a craving for pad thai, tom yum soup, or a red curry now and then, but it's not the best. I would say their curries are the most high quality thing there. I will also try Thai Rama.
If anyone can solve this mystery of where to get *good* thai food in the north end of the South Bay, I'll be soooo happy.
there aren't really any great thai restaurants in the area, so i'll cast my vote for siam i am. it's a small, inexpensive, mostly take-out and delivery joint. be sure to ask for low sugar and "Thai" spicy.