My Thai at 22nd and South | Photo via UWISHUNU
A year ago, a typical night at My Thai might include a single occupied table — usually a Penn professor and friend — plus one or two people standing by the entrance waiting for their to-go orders, the door and vestibule still proudly displaying decade-old accolades from Zagat, AOL City-Search and Philadelphia magazine. It had the feel of a restaurant whose best days were behind it.
On a recent evening, though, the majority of the tables were filled. The Penn professor was still there, as were the customers standing by the door awaiting their orders. But there were also tables of neighbors sitting down to dinner. There was an energy in the dining room, and it was picked up by the kitchen. The Thai basil chicken was better than ever. The curry was punched up. Even the Singha beer tasted fresher. The always-polite Thai waiter was joined by an equally polite sidekick. When he noticed I’d devoured everything on the plate but the broccoli, he suggested that next time, I substitute a vegetable I like better. I will, and that next time will be coming up soon.
The former Lucky Fortune at 932 Race Street is becoming Nan Yang and will open this Saturday. Last night, the above sign was being installed. The new restaurant will serve Singaporean and Thai food and will be open till 4 a.m. on weekends.
In fact, in a random email we received the following images:
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Penang and Fish-head curry from Banana Leaf | Photos by Neal Santos and Michael Persico
In Philly, Southeast Asian flavors are the gift that keeps on giving. In Point Breeze, South Philly and Chinatown, along Washington Avenue and even out in the ’burbs, there are enclaves whose composition and abstract representation of geopolitical borders are constantly shifting and changing. This means Thai and Laotian food on traditionally Vietnamese-heavy blocks, and awe-inspiring Malaysian food in Chinatown. It also means a deepening and broadening of available flavors, so if you’re looking to explore the subtle differences between Malaysian and Indonesian food, Vietnamese that goes beyond a bowl of pho, or Thai more complicated (and delicious) than a simple plate of pad Thai, there are many options.
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If you’re going to open a Thai spot within walking distance of Circles — still the best Thai within city limits — you’d better bring your A-game. Unfortunately, the folks behind AmeriThai, a new spot next to Nick’s Charcoal Pit don’t have a clue what they’re doing. From gummy satays and the grease-oozing, undercooked slop pile they’re trying to pass off as a Thai corn cake, to the kind of service that will make your blood boil, to the flies swarming my plates, I couldn’t wait to pay my check and walk out the door. And when a cockroach scurried by my feet in the dining room, that walk became more of a run.
1244 Snyder Avenue
Tuk Tuk Real, the Thai taqueria from Circles Thai owner chef Alex Boonphaya and his sous chef Silvestre Rincon is softly opening tomorrow evening, September 10th. Located at 429 South Street, the soft opening begins at 6 p.m. with complimentary food and refreshments. The grand opening is Thursday at 5 p.m.
Boonphaya and Rincon have combined their Thai and Mexican influences to create a menu full of dishes such as Lamb Massaman Nachos, Lemongrass Carnitas Tacos and Moo Ping Burritos.
Tuk Tuk Real will be open daily. For more details check out our Tuk Tuk Real listing.
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The Passyunk Post has the scoop on Ameri Thai coming to 13th and Snyder. The Thai spot appears to have twenty seats and according to a Post tipster, looks almost done inside.
New takeout place at 13th and Snyder will be called Ameri Thai [Passyunk Post]
Before he left for his most recent trip to Thailand, Circles Thai chef/owner Alex Boonphaya had a batch of custom fortunes printed up, with a funny message on one side and a promo code on the other. The one pictured here is our favorite. Read more »
On Tuesday, November 26th chef and owner Alex Boonphaya is giving away lunch at Circles in South Philadelphia to celebrate the Thai restaurant’s fifth anniversary.
Everyone who stops by the restaurant between noon and 2 p.m. will get to choose among Basil Fried Rice, Pumpkin Curry, Tofu Pad Thai and Pad Prik Khing with Tofu.
Limit one dish per person.
Circles Thai – South Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Alex Boonphaya | Photo by Courtney Apple
Circles Thai in Northern Liberties has been planning a beer dinner on Thursday, November 14th with upstart Saint Benjamin Brewing Company for some time now. But with the devastation of the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, Circles chef and owner Alex Boonphaya has changed the dinner into a fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the four-course, $35 beer dinner will go to relief efforts.
Reservations are available for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings and can be made online.
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Circles’ chef and owner Alex Boonphaya is rolling out a new lunch menu this week. And today, September 24th between noon and 2 p.m. the menu is free. Boonphaya is looking for a big crowd to test his kitchen staff.
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