Sanam Luang Cafe

★★★★☆

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9am - 4am

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one of the best thai restaurants in the valley. i love their pad thai, pad see yu and fried tofu. the price is just right for the size of servings. i think this is cash only. fyi.

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★★★★☆

one of the best thai restaurants in the valley. i love their pad thai, pad see yu and fried tofu. the price is just right for the size of servings. i think this is cash only. fyi.

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The Chicken Noodle Soup with tons of fresh pink garlic has wide rice noodles and a boneless, skinless, sliced, clean-poached chicken breast with a small handful of bean sprouts...the perfect "Thai penicillin" when you're feeling under the weather or catching a cold. We've been counting on this soup as a half-the-time alternate to all-curing Matzoh Ball Soup for many years.

Despite being warned by one waitress at the Hollywood location that I won't like it (too authentic, too bitter, not for "American" tastes), I LOVE the Koo Chai (both steamed and fried)-- 3 chewy, sticky, rice-noodle dough covered chubby dumplings filled with slightly bitter, chard-like stir-fried dark greens, with a deep espresso-brown, sweet/salty hoisin-type dipping sauce.

The spicy, barely-warm Larb (a wok-tossed minced meat...salad? relish? escabeche?) is mighty tasty, not just hot and peppery, but tangy, too, with a bit of onion and lots of fresh lime juice, and topped with ground rice powder for texture.

Actually, the Duck Salad and the "Naked" Shrimp Salad are highlights, full of life with lots of fresh herbs (cilantro plays a big role in Thai food), tangy with lime juice, spicy with chilis--and more of those chilis in 3 hellishly hot variations on each table.

A unique Sanamluang Cafe specialty is the "Indian Curry Noodle Soup" which is a giant bowl of seriously spicy, wet, brown curry-sauced spaghetti-shaped noodles, perfumed with some star anise and a bit of Chinese 5-spice flavor added to the heat, topped with huge chunks of tender, long-stewed beef, and hard-boiled egg halves with (I believe) crushed peanuts. Unlike the Chicken Noodle soup, this one has more solid ingredients than soup. Plenty spicy...plenty good!

Of course the classics are good here, too, such as Paht Thai noodles and Tom Kha Kai (spicy coconut soup with chicken, shrimp, chilis, straw mushrooms, scallions, cilantro, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangka--the last 3 ingredients not actually edible, as in chewable, but what a fantastic, inimitable taste they impart). Can you tell that it's time for me to go back soon?

Just watch out for the mediocre Chinese-style food, like fried wontons, eggrolls, (served with corn syrup-based commercial-tasting sweet sauce) and anything with the red-dyed, old-tasting Char Sui (barbequed pork). And do try the popular Satay-- chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce and a terrific cucmber relish.

2
★★★★☆

The Chicken Noodle Soup with tons of fresh pink garlic has wide rice noodles and a boneless, skinless, sliced, clean-poached chicken breast with a small handful of bean sprouts...the perfect "Thai penicillin" when you're feeling under the weather or catching a cold. We've been counting on this soup as a half-the-time alternate to all-curing Matzoh Ball Soup for many years.

Despite being warned by one waitress at the Hollywood location that I won't like it (too authentic, too bitter, not for "American" tastes), I LOVE the Koo Chai (both steamed and fried)-- 3 chewy, sticky, rice-noodle dough covered chubby dumplings filled with slightly bitter, chard-like stir-fried dark greens, with a deep espresso-brown, sweet/salty hoisin-type dipping sauce.

The spicy, barely-warm Larb (a wok-tossed minced meat...salad? relish? escabeche?) is mighty tasty, not just hot and peppery, but tangy, too, with a bit of onion and lots of fresh lime juice, and topped with ground rice powder for texture.

Actually, the Duck Salad and the "Naked" Shrimp Salad are highlights, full of life with lots of fresh herbs (cilantro plays a big role in Thai food), tangy with lime juice, spicy with chilis--and more of those chilis in 3 hellishly hot variations on each table.

A unique Sanamluang Cafe specialty is the "Indian Curry Noodle Soup" which is a giant bowl of seriously spicy, wet, brown curry-sauced spaghetti-shaped noodles, perfumed with some star anise and a bit of Chinese 5-spice flavor added to the heat, topped with huge chunks of tender, long-stewed beef, and hard-boiled egg halves with (I believe) crushed peanuts. Unlike the Chicken Noodle soup, this one has more solid ingredients than soup. Plenty spicy...plenty good!

Of course the classics are good here, too, such as Paht Thai noodles and Tom Kha Kai (spicy coconut soup with chicken, shrimp, chilis, straw mushrooms, scallions, cilantro, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangka--the last 3 ingredients not actually edible, as in chewable, but what a fantastic, inimitable taste they impart). Can you tell that it's time for me to go back soon?

Just watch out for the mediocre Chinese-style food, like fried wontons, eggrolls, (served with corn syrup-based commercial-tasting sweet sauce) and anything with the red-dyed, old-tasting Char Sui (barbequed pork). And do try the popular Satay-- chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce and a terrific cucmber relish.

Pros: Zesty, lively food, open very late, cheap...

Cons: Can be very busy, noisy, with a wait. Some dishes vary.

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There's people who rave about this place then people who don't like it. I didn't like it. I thought service was rude and there was nothing special about my meal. I could've gotten the same meal at a dozen other Thai places and I wouldn't have to deal with the rude help.

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★★☆☆☆

There's people who rave about this place then people who don't like it. I didn't like it. I thought service was rude and there was nothing special about my meal. I could've gotten the same meal at a dozen other Thai places and I wouldn't have to deal with the rude help.

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This place gets busier and busier the later it gets, but nonetheless, the food is awesome. Sanam Luang has been around for ages, and never has it once ever failed me! The Pad See Ew is not "ew" at all, same with the pork belly with rice! Come in sober, it's pretty hilarious seeing drunk people eat and tell jokes!

5
★★★★★

This place gets busier and busier the later it gets, but nonetheless, the food is awesome. Sanam Luang has been around for ages, and never has it once ever failed me! The Pad See Ew is not "ew" at all, same with the pork belly with rice! Come in sober, it's pretty hilarious seeing drunk people eat and tell jokes!

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We usually go here after we've gone out to a club/bar. They get pretty packed late at night too since this is the place to go. They close pretty late, probably 4am. Everything you order is really good and they bring out your food fast. They have a lot of entrees to choose from too, more than your usual Thai restaurant. I usually order the pad thai, pad see ew, or the chicken rice plate! Yummy! And their Thai Tea and pearl drinks are good too. So if your ever feeling hungry super late at night, try this place.

5
★★★★★

We usually go here after we've gone out to a club/bar. They get pretty packed late at night too since this is the place to go. They close pretty late, probably 4am. Everything you order is really good and they bring out your food fast. They have a lot of entrees to choose from too, more than your usual Thai restaurant. I usually order the pad thai, pad see ew, or the chicken rice plate! Yummy! And their Thai Tea and pearl drinks are good too. So if your ever feeling hungry super late at night, try this place.

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Excellent Thai food. Better than most Hollywood Thai Town places. With a lively and diverse NoHo clientele, neon lighting, and really late hours, a really fun spot and definitely worth the drive out of town.

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★★★★★

Excellent Thai food. Better than most Hollywood Thai Town places. With a lively and diverse NoHo clientele, neon lighting, and really late hours, a really fun spot and definitely worth the drive out of town.

Pros: cheap, fresh food, ambiance

Cons: none

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Sanam Luang Cafe has good authentic Thai Food. Prices are just right, and they are open late nights!

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★★★★★

Sanam Luang Cafe has good authentic Thai Food. Prices are just right, and they are open late nights!

Pros: good food..

Cons: can get crowded...

 

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