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Best Authentic Thai Restaurants around Boston

coweepooh Oct 25, 2010 12:03 AM

Sooo, been digging around a little and came across some reviews for Thai places in Boston that we should try...we love Thai food and Cambodian food and most Southeast Asian cuisines, so we're super excited to give some of these Thai places a try--would love to get some recs on what dishes to order at each of these places and if theres a special day we should go or ask for a special menu or some specialties that really make the restaurant unique :)

Please let me know if I left out a Thai place that should be here too!


Dok Bua

Crispy Duck


Khao Sarn

Brown Sugar


Khao Sarn
250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Brown Sugar Cafe
1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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    Otm_Shank Oct 27, 2010 07:08 PM

    S&I is my favorite place in Boston.

    Rod Dee in Brookline has excellent Thai food as well - I find their noodle dishes to be outstanding.

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      somervilleoldtimer Oct 26, 2010 07:55 PM

      I really like Ronnarong in Union Square, Somerville, formerly Great Thai Chef, right on Union Square plaza. The tom yum noodle soup is so good!

      Great Thai Chef
      255 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

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        fredid Oct 26, 2010 07:48 AM

        We love S and I Thai - find it the most interesting. Let them know as best you can, that you like the "real stuff" so to speak.

        Also, would recommend a trip to Lowell for all kinds of great SEAsian food - A group of us did a "crawl" that you can do a search for here.

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          Janeinma Oct 25, 2010 07:52 AM

          Can you handle truly authentic?
          from brown sugar cafe
          thai style dishes
          TD03. Goong Chae Num Pla **
          Raw shrimp in very spicy fish sauce & lime dressing.

          TD30. Numpik Gapi Pla Tu **
          Thai herbs spicy shrimp paste with Thai mackerel & steam vegetables.

          chefs special

          CS05. Crispy Watercress **
          Tempura watercress served with minced shrimp and chicken in sweet, sour and spicy lemongrass dressing.

          CS11. Plar Pla Sa-lid Krob **
          Crispy black fish in spicy lime juice & sweet chili sauce with lemongrass, red onions, mint leaves, chopped coriander & scallions.
          CS22. Yum Plar Dook Fu **
          Thai style crispy and puffy catfish meat on romaine lettuce, served with shredded mango, red onions, and lemongrass in spicy lime dressing.

          none of these are ordinary, none of them are for the person who wants pad thai but all are excellent.

          1. hiddenboston Oct 25, 2010 05:58 AM

            A bit north of Boston, but Mango II in Tewksbury is excellent.

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              nasilemak Oct 25, 2010 04:32 AM

              i would add Thai Moon in Arlington to the list.
              Where is Crispy Duck? Did you mean Chili Duck on Boylston St.?

              Thai Moon
              663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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              1. re: nasilemak
                Alcachofa Oct 25, 2010 08:09 AM

                I found Thai Moon to be incredibly bland and totally "Americanized". Do they have a Thai menu, like Montien?

                Speaking of Montien, you do need to ask for the Thai menu to get the good stuff.

                Montien Thai Restaurant
                63 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

                1. re: nasilemak
                  coweepooh Oct 25, 2010 10:53 AM

                  sorry!! i meant chili duck lol

                  this is me typing fast and late at night hehe

                  thanks for the replies thus far everyone!!!

                  1. re: coweepooh
                    nasilemak Oct 25, 2010 11:06 AM

                    Funny that you find the food at Thai Moon to be bland. I've eaten their stir fried noodles and curries many times and have found them to be rich and flavorful.

                    Thai Moon
                    663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                    1. re: nasilemak
                      StriperGuy Oct 27, 2010 07:23 AM

                      Yah, in my book coconut milk-rich curries are not the most authentic stuff on a thai menu.

                      Sort of the requisite dishes for Americanized thai.

                      I also notice they don't have any of the thai salads, bamboo shoots, or other dishes a bit more off the beaten track.

                      Have you eaten at say S&I or Dok Bua or Khao Sarn by way of comparison? Just curious cause I would really love to have worthy thai around...

                      1. re: StriperGuy
                        nasilemak Oct 27, 2010 08:08 AM

                        Yes, i enjoy S&I's broad but slightly inconsistent execution (overcooked pork in Pad Ga Pow Moo Krob and a weak Som Tum) now and then. Haven't eaten at Dok Bua in awhile and haven't tried Khao Sarn.
                        For me, depth of menu is not the most important factor and i accept the variability in the amount of coconut milk used in curries.
                        I just happen to find Thai Moon's sauces to taste flavorful and fresh of spices and herbs.

                        Khao Sarn
                        250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

                        Thai Moon
                        663 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                        1. re: nasilemak
                          Alcachofa Oct 27, 2010 08:55 AM

                          DIdn't think the seasonings tasted especially fresh either, but I'll give it another shot. Any specific stand-outs?

                          1. re: Alcachofa
                            nasilemak Oct 27, 2010 10:46 AM

                            I particularly like their stir fried noodles like pad c u, seafood kee mao and the curry dishes.
                            Their apps are ok, nothing outstanding.

                2. lipoff Oct 25, 2010 12:19 AM

                  My favorites at Dok Bua include the Steamed Cod Fish Filet, cripsy duck, and Larb.

                  My favorites at S&I include the Karee Puff appetizer and the guay-teow nuer (beef noodle soup).

                  My favorite at Khao Sarn is the salmon Haw Moak.

                  If you like Southeast Asian food I would also recommend making the trip to Mittapheap in Lynn.

                  Khao Sarn
                  250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

                  Lynn, MA, Lynn, MA

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