Narayan’s Thai Restaurant
48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., Avon
Delicate, oriental lanterns hang from the ceiling over a polished rosewood bar. Lucky bamboo plants adorn the tables and the walls are covered with Asian fans, masks and small hand-woven tapestries. Small drums and status of different Buddhas complete the illusion of dining in the Far East.
Traditional Thai favorites are featured on the menu that include noodle dishes, like Pad Thai, and fried rice dishes, curries and stir fries. Soups come in portions large enough to feed four people. Accommodating a Western culture, dishes cater to palates ranging from the timid to the adventurous.
The international beer collection features Thai, Indian and Chinese brews alongside their European and American cousins. Thai iced teas and coffees – mixed with lots of sugar and a little milk – are not to be missed. The wine menu of a dozen vintages are all offered by the glass.
The Paa Goong or Naked Shrimp combines grilled shrimp with chili paste and chopped vegetables, including red onions, celery, carrot, cilantro and lettuce. But the real star of this dish is the dressing made of tamarind, fish sauce and a touch of vinegar, adding sweetness and zest to the dish. It’s as refreshing as a summer salad. The Drunken Noodles are classic, made with wide rice noodles that soak up all the dark, spicy sauce. A plethora of mint brightens the dish.
Thai food’s spice may seem mild at first, but it can build. Know what your palate can handle.
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