11407 Amherst Ave.
Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday 11:30 to 10. Open for dinner Sunday 4 to 10.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Scallion dumplings; yum watercress; pad Thai; deep-fried whole fish (often sea bass); duck in red curry; sticky rice with mango.
Special Features: Kid Friendly
A plate of grilled beef is full of smoke from the grill, a grainy crunch from the rice flour tossed on top, and a sourness from liberal shots of lime and fermented fish sauce. The crispy duck with basil and chilies doesn’t deviate much from standard preparations, except that those are often dull while this one is fabulous, with strong hits of garlic and basil perfuming the crisp-skinned meat. And don’t miss a whole crispy fish, scored and bearing a creamy red-curry sauce.
For dessert, a superb rendition of sticky rice is topped with a luscious custard.
Open daily for lunch and dinner