Iyara Thai Cuisine
Jun 15th, 2010 by sovicki

This one is way overdue. I’ve been eying this place for months if not years. I’ve always driven by this place, but never made it inside. Beginning this year, I was thinking of celebrating a friends birthday here, only to find out the owner had a family emergency and went back to Thailand, and the restaurant was closed for a month. Then somehow we just didn’t have Thai for several months. Finally, one evening, after coming back from Chicago, we made it here.

It was very  homey. The witness, might have also been the owner, was very nice and attentive. Deco is very pleasant. The painting on the wall was what I imagine our living room would have for a while, but later I decided on something else, that’s a whole another story. According to their menu, they are now serving

new menu items under our new concept called “Street Foods of Thailand”.
Why “Street Foods of Thailand”? As many tourists visit Thailand and see verities of foods are offering and cooking on the street footpath all around Bangkok but afraid to eat due to uncertain of hygienic issue.
Then we came up why don’t we bring some those kinds of items that very popular from street food vendors plus put back the original ingredients as much as they are available in U.S. and make them to meet and exceed the Health Department’s requirements. This way our customers can experience the “Street Foods of Thailand” without flying to Thailand and still be able to enjoy the foods at the U.S. standard and quality.

This really reminded me of Thai Tom which closed couple times due to its health violations. Some of my friends joked that the reason Thai Tom tastes great, is all because of the “special ingredient” which is not on the menu. It apparently is reopened again. Back to what I was saying.

We ordered pad kee mao and iyara fried rice. It is possibly the best pad kee mao I’ve ever had. Especially compare to the 干炒牛河 (Beef chow fun) that we had at Ocean City in Chinatown the night before. It was well prepared, seasoned, very flavorful. Iyara fried rice in comparison is a bit too mild. We think it might just get over powered by the pad kee mao. Don’t get me wrong, it is still good, but I think it might a bit unfair to judge just how good it is until I give it another try.

For dessert, we had the house special sauce with the Chinese donut, and the coconut iceam. The Chinese donut was interesting, but not sure if I’d try that again. I might just go for the simple coconut ice cream next time.

All in all, for $9 an entree this is such a steal!