Daughter Thai Kitchen 6118 Medau Pl./Mountain Blvd., Montclair Village, (510) 823-2354. L-D daily; $$$. This Thai spot offers the surprise of a front door tucked down a short English-style lane and an elegant-yet-comfortable contemporary interior with high ceilings.
|exterior of Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland, California|
I also enjoyed the delight of the artistically arranged dishes, which began with a Thai iced tea served in a metal cup. It looked like an ice cream cone, with a scoop of cream-infused shave ice on top that then melted its creamy goodness down into the tea. (Next time I’d like to try the Honey Milk Lavender made with steamed milk.).
|Thai iced tea at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland, California|
My group of three shared Tom Yum soup that was loaded with vegetables,
|Tom Yum soup at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland, California|
Pad spicy eggplant from the Thai Street Food section of the menu (it was very lightly spiced but colorful and tasty),
|Pad spicy eggplant at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland, California|
and delicious Pad Thai “Chai Ya” (prepared with thin rice noodles).
|Pad Thai "Chai Ya" at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland, California|
When I asked for some hot sauce, the waiter delivered a lovely tray of condiments for me to choose from.
|condiment tray at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland, California|
I plan to return to try some of the popular Hat Yai fried chicken (made with Mary’s organic chicken and served with yellow potato curry and roti); 24-hours beef noodle soup (made with beef short ribs); Mieng Kum Kung (crispy-fried prawns with a tamarind sauce served on a little toasted-coconut nest); Pad Kee Mow (spicy wide noodles); vibrant green curry with eggplant; and Yum Moo Krob (crispy pork belly salad). Among the desserts are Mom’s Fried Banana with fresh coconut cream, Choco Cake, and the enticingly-named Thai Vacation (warm sticky rice with coconut sorbet served in a coconut shell), but we opted for the unusual Taro Puff with ice cream wrapped in taro pastry.
|Taro Puff dessert at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Oakland, California|
After, a stroll through the pleasant surrounding Montclair neighborhood filled with shops and more restaurants is delightful.
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