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July 14, 2010

Orinda: Baan Thai Restaurant; restaurant review

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. 

shrimp donuts at Baan Thai restaurant in Orinda, California
shrimp donuts

massaman curry at Baan Thai restaurant in Orinda, California
massaman curry

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

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