Greater East Bay
Amarin Thai Cuisine 3555 Mt. Diablo Blvd./Oak Hill Rd., (925) 283-8883. L M-Sat (11-3), D daily; $$. Reservations advised.
Traditional dishes are served here in a pleasant, casual atmosphere. Among the best items are panang beef and pumpkin curry. Massaman chicken features long-simmered chicken that is fall-off-the-bone tender in a lightly spiced sauce made better with some sweet-hot sauce. A crisp green salad comes with lunch.
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