Tasty Thai food! Tasty prices, too.
Chao Krung - 111 N. Fairfax Ave. L.A. (323) 932-9482
My husband and I were craving Thai food Saturday night, but haven't been happy with the last few places we've tried. I checked out the Chowhound message board and read some good reviews for Chao Krung, which is across the street from the C.B.S. Studios on Fairfax.
Right away I liked the restaurant's cozy, yet kitschy, Thai theme - the waitresses in colorful silk gowns, the ornamentally carved wood and especially the mural at the back of the restaurant. Diners in white who sat below the painting lit up in purple from the black light that set the mural's moon aglow in neon green. A Disneyesque take on Thailand.
Chao Krung doesn't have a full bar, so I ordered a Thai beer and my husband asked for a Thai iced tea. Though I'm not a huge beer lover, the Thai beer was light and refreshing and the Thai iced tea was exceptionally good and creamy.
Next came our two entrees, Thai barbecue chicken with sweet and sour sauce and pad Thai. The chicken was tender and tasty in the dipping sauce, while the pad thai was a little on the dry side. The noodles could have used more sauce and there weren't enough shrimp - unless my husband took more than his share. The pad thai wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best I've ever had.
The other two dishes were good enough that I plan on returning to try the curries and the glass noodle salad someone on the Chowhound message board recommended.
We ended the meal with hot tea and a shared slice of moist chocolate cake drizzled in raspberry sauce and topped with berries. It wasn't too sweet or rich and satisfied my craving for chocolate.
The meal was nice and amazingly inexpensive. All together we ordered two Thai iced teas, two Thai beers, an appetizer, two entrees, tea and one slice of cake and paid less than fifty dollars.
We were happy with our new find and will definitely return.