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Your favorite Thai places in Paris?

canadiangirl_in_Paris Aug 25, 2010 08:12 AM

I've found most of the Thai restaurants I've been to in Paris to be rather disappointing. Anyone have any recommendations? I'm open to atmospheres ranging from hole-in-the-wall to fine dining. As for budget, well, I'd rather not leave with my wallet feeling too light, but I'm willing to pay for a good pad see ew...

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    purpleceline Aug 29, 2010 04:32 AM

    Lao Siam, years ago, was an amazing Thai restaurant. It seems that with their fame their food has shifted to cater to French palettes, which, in the realm of SE-Asian cuisine, means turning down the spice and flavor. Sukothai, as Souphie and others have noted, wins my vote for current best Thai in Paris. It's worth the trek, even though I live just down the street from Lao Siam. Try their curries, and ask for them spicy.

    1. souphie Aug 25, 2010 10:22 PM

      I find Sukothai (by Place d'Italie) to be head and shoulder above everything else I tried in Paris. In fact, it simply is one of my favorite restaurants in town.

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        canadiangirl_in_Paris Aug 26, 2010 02:14 AM

        That certainly sounds promising! Will check it out asap. Thanks Souphie.

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          Cookingthebooks Aug 29, 2010 01:00 AM

          I tried Sukothai last night -- very good! Agree it is by far better than any other Thai I've tried in Paris. The larb gai was so spicy, it made me weep. What are some of your favorite dishes there? The menu is written so oddly, it's hard to identify Thai favorites (without reading Thai). We had the aforementioned salade au poulet haché, a red curry chicken (good), pad thai (very good), and crevettes au basilic (bordering on excellent).

        2. John Talbott Aug 25, 2010 11:46 AM

          I think we've been down this road before. Have you done a search here and elsewhere?

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            vielleanglaise Aug 25, 2010 12:22 PM

            Indeed. There was recently a thread on this board, à prori about Japanese food, but that vered all over the Far East, including Thailand.

            For what it's worth, I like Lao Siam on the rue de Belleville.

            1. re: vielleanglaise
              Parigi Aug 25, 2010 12:33 PM

              "I like Lao Siam on the rue de Belleville"

              Moi aussi.

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                canadiangirl_in_Paris Aug 26, 2010 02:18 AM

                That's two votes for Lao Siam. Will have to go the next time I'm in the 20th.

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                  Ptipois Aug 26, 2010 09:08 AM

                  Three votes for Lao Siam. Also check out Lao Thai (rue de Tolbiac, Thai-Lao, same management if I remember well).
                  Lao Viet on boulevard Kellermann also serves good Thai-Lao food. Careful with the chilli sauce on table.
                  Most other Thai places in Paris seem to cater to the "return from Phuket" or, worse, "return from Pattaya" crowd. The rule seems to be "the more carved wood, orchids, Buddha and bare-breasted apsara statues in the décor, the worse the food".
                  Lao Siam, Lao Thai and Lao Viet all have a rather dull décor but serve excellent food.

                  1. re: Ptipois
                    canadiangirl_in_Paris Aug 26, 2010 09:48 AM

                    "Most other Thai places in Paris seem to cater to the "return from Phuket" or, worse, "return from Pattaya" crowd. The rule seems to be "the more carved wood, orchids, Buddha and bare-breasted apsara statues in the décor, the worse the food"."

                    Couldn't agree more. Thanks for the tip about Lao Viet's table-top sauce!

                    1. re: Ptipois
                      souphie Aug 26, 2010 10:11 AM

                      Man, more bare-breast or better food -- talk about an impossible dilemma.

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                        Ptipois Aug 27, 2010 10:57 AM

                        If the boobs are made of carved wood, I'll expect you to lean towards the food.

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                          Parigi Aug 27, 2010 11:10 AM

                          There used to be a dim sum house, not a bad one, in San Francisco, that makes cha siu bao in the shape of boobs. We kids called it cha siu boob. Logique.

              2. re: John Talbott
                canadiangirl_in_Paris Aug 26, 2010 01:53 AM

                Sorry about that. First post here on Chowhound and while I did do a quick search, I admit I didn't scour the forums (or the thread entitled "Japanese food in Paris" mentioned by vielleanglaise). Will be sure to do so before posting again. Thanks for the suggestion.

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