Good Thai on Solano in Albany
my cousin lived around the corner from this place for a zillion years and he urged us to go there on our recent visit to the Bay Area - we took his advice and were pleasantly surprised.
Fav item and standout was the grilled calamari with peanut sauce - both the taste and presentation was impeccable...yet delightful
the duck curry (gang ped yang) was delish too - many layers of flavors the only negative was that the duck didn't add much to it - although it didn't mar it either - it seemed like more of an afterthought.
The Pad See Ewe (sauteed wide rice noodles with veggies + a smokey sweet sauce) had a lot more varieties of veggies than we've ever experienced in NYC - usually just broccoli rabe or some green even bok choy but this version has mushrooms, carrots, broccoli along with the greens, it was light on the noodles (which normally might be a good thing but these noodles are so chewly addictive that I craved more of them and was somewhat dissappointed). Taste was good though not stellar (again, I personally didn't like the medley of veggies for this dish - and prefer only the greens with the meat noodles and egg)
The other dish we shared was the Beef Salad which although tasty had a few drawbacks like the meat was a tad tough and there wasn't enough greens for the amount of meat + veggies
overall though a very good experience, delicious food, fresh, well prepared, pleasant service, attentive refills on water (so appreciated), glad we followed the "native" recommendation.
Bua Luang Thai
1166 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Bua Luang is my favorite Berkeley-style Thai. I get lunch take out from here often for the office. I'm a fan of their papaya salad, yum woon sen, and when their tom kah gai is on, it's very good although unlike versions I've had elsewhere. Like their green curry. Medium heat sometimes ends up as medium-plus.