10 Best Thai Restaurants in Metro Phoenix
Ranging from classy Scottsdale digs to shacks in South Phoenix, you'll get a variety of experiences from Thai restaurants in the Valley. It seems there are as many places to get your favorite pad Thai or duck curry in town as there are to get your favorite carne asada burrito or street tacos. With many of the same dishes tying every Thai menu together, there's a few distinguishing characteristics that set our 10 favorite Thai joints apart from their competitors.
Heather Hoch The flavor-packed yellow curry from Chanpen Thai in Phoenix.
Chanpen Thai Cuisine
Chanpen Thai Cuisine can be intimidating for first-timers. The South Phoenix location isn't the nicest and the tiny hole-in-the-wall may not be the most inviting. However, once inside, you'll be met with friendly service that makes you feel like family instantly. The eats are about as authentic as it gets, and the yellow curry, in particular, is simple, flavorful, and filling. Our favorite part of Chanpen is that each table gets a selection of small jars filled with spicy mix-ins, each with its own distinct flavor really adds a kick to anything you choose from the menu.
Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
Jackie Mercandetti Thai food gets a Scottsdale facelift at Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery.
If you're looking for all of the best parts of upscale dining combined with delicious Thai food, Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery is the place for you. This sleek and chic North Scottsdale by way of Oakland restaurant doesn't go for the simple, homey décor most spots on the list seem to adopt. Plus with a full bar, you can get a craft cocktail while you munch on kieow tod, pork and shrimp dumplings pan-fried and served with a ginger soy dipping sauce. You can expect to pay a bit more for the classy digs, but the food and drinks are well worth the small splurge.
Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine
Heather Hoch The crispy tofu in a fresh ginger and black fungus sauce at Nunthaporn's Thai is a must-try.
While Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine may look pretty basic, fresh and simple is the name of the game at this downtown Mesa spot. Rather than relying on thick and overly sweet premade sauces, like some Thai places do, Nunthaporn's flavor comes from fresh, authentic ingredients prepared on the spot. The pad khing shows off bright, acidic flavors with ginger, garlic and onion and contrasts them with a more umami pallet by using soy bean and black fungus. The attention to balanced flavors really shines through in each dish, creating a completely unique to the Valley Thai dining experience.