Review excerpt: Come for the view, stay for the food. Longrain serves an easygoing take on Thai cuisine that hits all the right notes without attempting to be overly complex or authentic.

Review excerpt: The fiery flavors launch a full-on assault on your palate at Somtum Der, no matter how much the chilies are toned down. It’s not a recipe for faint hearts or sensitive palates.

Review excerpt: If you’ve just dropped by Siam Shokudo for a Singha or two, there’s a good selection of light starters, including freshly made spring rolls with extra coriander, in deference to Japan’s current infatuation with the fragrant green herb. If you’re having dinner, ...

Review excerpt: Pacuchi Deli in downtown Kyoto doesn’t disappoint with its take on the country’s signature noodle dish. It leans a little too heavy on the sweet side — a combination of the chili sauce, sugar and fish sauce — but this could just ...

The kitchen of this tiny one-counter Thai diner tucked away on the second floor of an anonymous building on the fringe of Shibuya is barely bigger than a phone booth. But the menu lists dozens of options, from stir-fries and spicy yam “salads” to ...

The menu revolves mainly around the down-home specialties of Isan, the area of northeast Thailand across the Mekong River from Laos, where the cuisine is searingly hot. The chefs at Montee (an older Thai couple) make no compromises. Chili levels are clearly marked on ...

Less than five minutes walk from the station, you will see the restaurant's sign, with its stylized elephant and inscription (in English): "Very casual Thai restaurant." Even if you miss it, your nostrils will tell you that you're in the right place when they ...

Baan Suki has perhaps a dozen tables, but two or three copies of the menu at most. The waitress spent as much time taking orders as shuffling between tables in search of the menus. A plastic mat covers each table, so that when you ...

In terms of menu, decor and ambience, it follows the same tried-and-true formula -- but why should they mess with a good thing?

The menu focuses on the spicy specialties of Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia. But you don't have to have a full meal; you can just install yourself for an hour or two nursing a Singha beer or a Vietnamese coffee.

Phuket Aroyna Tabeta is the only place in town we know that serves full-throttle Thai street food without pulling the punches. One glimpse of the curry pans lined up by the window; one whiff of those spicy aromas; one second listening to that sweet, ...

Pronounced Soi Nana, and named after one of Bangkok's most colorful nightlife streets -- serves the standard gamut of curries, stir-fries and hawker foods. But everything is prepared with a hands-on, home-cooking feel.

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