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Oct 25, 2010 12:03 AM

Best Authentic Thai Restaurants around Boston

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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  1. 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

    1. 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

      7 Replies
      1. re: nasilemak

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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

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

                  1. re: Alcachofa

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

          1. 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. 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.