The Six Best Thai Restaurants in St. Louis
Pla Song Kruang. | Ian Froeb
Basil Spice Thai Cuisine
(183 South Grand Boulevard; 314-776-1530)
Indeed, pla song kruang might be best described as a salad that just happens to be served atop fried fish. The colorful jumble includes slivers of green apple, red onion and carrot as well as cilantro and whole cashews in a dressing of fresh lime juice spiked with a mild chile heat. (You can crank up that heat, if you like, though I don't think this dish needs it.)
The dressing is exceptionally tart, a smack to the palate, yet the dish as a whole maintains a lovely balance of sweet and sour, sharpness and savor.
-- Ian Froeb
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(8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701)
This little gem has gained accolades for its "King of Spice" challenge: a series of four dishes, ranked from "Level 25" to "Level 100," each spiked with an increasingly more potent blend of hot chilies (including the fearsome, scorching ghost pepper). With a mouthful of fire, you might want to down a craft beer from the impressive tap list. But beyond spice, this is a terrific restaurant that offers popular dishes and house specialties -- from the straightforward red and green curries to the feisty "Drunken Noodles" to the Thai chili squid -- each expertly prepared and beautifully presented.
7816 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO
3183 South Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO
8416 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Florissant, MO
608 Eastgate Ave., University City, MO
2470 N. Highway 67, Florissant, MO