Greater East Bay
Baan Thai Restaurant 99 Orinda Way/near Camino Pablo, (925) 253-0989. L-D daily; $.
Set along a quiet leafy street and featuring a simple, pleasant decor, this spacious two-room Thai spot has multi-paned windows looking out to the sidewalk and wood banquettes lining the walls. Delicious pumpkin, mango-chicken, and panang curries are available; the Thai crunch salad and oriental chicken salad are also good choices. Smokey eggplant with chicken, tofu, and Thai basil is another personal favorite, and a “veggie lover menu” offers many selections. Heat is light, so request that dishes be made more spicy if that is the way you like them. Brown rice is in actuality a plump, chewy red variety with a nutty flavor.
Sticky rice with mango is the dessert of choice, but when that isn’t available coconut ice cream with fried bananas is a good second. Lunch specials include a salad.
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first two images ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers, third image courtesy of restaurant
updated December 31, 2014