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May 4, 2013 08:57 AM

Amazing Thai in Chatsworth

I don't know if it is related to the one in North Hollywood. It is located in a particularly dingy strip mall on Mason just below Lassen. Upon entering, you're assaulted by the noise of the jukebox competing with the two widescreen T.V.'s and cheering sports fans.

But if you can get past this, man- that is some delicious food. We had something called the Tiger Cry that was a marinated steak sliced and served with a chili sauce that was utterly delicious. Even better was the salt chili crab, most of which you eat shell and all. Various Thai salads were good too. There isn't much on the menu for vegetarians, but they made my daughter a fried tofu curry which she loved.

The lunch menu is ordinary - solid food at a good price, but for the really good stuff you have to come for dinner. Be prepared for spicy. It's authentic and not dumbed down. There were a couple of dishes the waitress warned us off, and even so, we were constantly reaching for the water glasses. This place has definitely moved in to my top slot for west valley Asian.

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      1. We went there for dinner on Friday, and I would have to concur - there's so few really good Thai choices in the valley, and this is one of them.

        The tiger cry was wonderful (although the dipping sauce was a tad salty.) I also enjoyed what was probably the finest prik-king I've ever eaten, with a marvelous spicy and slightly sweet rich red curry sauce and green beans that were much smaller and way more flavorful than what normally accompanies this dish..

        What knocked it out of the park though was the "Chicken Hell", which were bite sized pieces of cut up bone in young chicken that was utterly addictive. Spicy delicious goodness that we completely devoured.

        I hear the fried morning glory is good, so next time we'll try that along with the salt chili crab.

        Also, their cocktails are quite potent, which is an added bonus!

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        1. re: Moose

          Really salty dipping sauce is totally the norm with that dish (tiger crying/crying tiger/tiger cry)

          1. re: BrewNChow

            Salty tears, (tiger or not) are pretty much the norm...

          2. re: Moose

            What are some of the other good Thai places you would recommend in the Valley? I recently moved there (to Valley Village) from Hollywood and I sure do miss living closer to Thai Town to get my fix...

            1. re: chris1621

              If you order off their northern Thai page then Top Thai on Reseda Blvd. in Reseda would be a place I'd suggest you try.

              1. re: chris1621

                just drive down Laurel Canyon go left on Sherman Way about a mile and you have 2 of my favorites: Samamluang Thai & Kruai Thai, these will be your new Thai spots in North Hollywood

                1. re: Hypnotic23

                  Great, thank you! I did not have those two on my list to try yet!

                2. re: chris1621

                  Lum Ka Naad on Reseda blvd... Excellent food.

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      Thanks! If I'm out in that direction I will have to give it a try. Although usually when I'm over there, Brent's is the go to place eat ;)

                  1. re: chris1621

                    What Hypnotic said. You live by Thai Town #2! Sherman Way & Coldwater! Go by Cha-Cha on a weekend afternoon to get mango with sticky rice from Ms. Pei's food stall. Delicious!

                    1. re: Galen

                      Sounds good, will have to go soon - love mango with sticky rice! Thanks!

                    2. re: chris1621

                      As people say, you are extremely close to a host of good Thai in Valley Village. North Hollywood has a lot of good Thai restaurants. Sanamluang and Krua Thai have already been mentioned, but my favorite is Sri Siam on the corner of Vanowen and Coldwater. Search for some threads on the board. The crispy rice salad and fish with Thai herb and basil are fantastic.

                      1. re: Jwsel

                        Thanks! I did notice Sri Siam on a few of the threads before, been wanting to try it.

                  2. I ate here for lunch today. I agree that the food was very good..but my service at least was very good unlike that of some of the reviews I have read. I will agree that the vibe is odd....seemed that the servers/bartenders (who all seem to have Louis Viutton bags..ipad cases etc..sitting in the bar and were dressed in skimpy clothes..) were particularly attentive to a handful of older guys at the far side of the one point even dancing for them and ggiggling. The place is equal parts bar and restaurant but the. food is of serious quality. I had satay with a great cucumber and jalapeno salad...tiger cry steak. ..pad thai and some crab and papaya salad. My bill with drink was about $40