Thai Food and Cooking

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Sawaddee Thai Restaurant

Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
Let a thousand spices bloom
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2010

Adventures in pot stickers

My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
Exploring new worlds of flavor
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 15, 2010


Japanese restaurants can be too predictable.
Cuisine off the beaten path
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 01, 2010


You might find it difficult to believe, but at one time there were no Thai restaurants in Providence. I know, I know, it’s sad — no pad Thai, no pik pow sauce, such deprivation, such shamed downward glances in the streets.
A hot and cheap Thai bistro
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 25, 2009

Spice Thai

If I tried, I think I could work up a tear recalling the '70s, when there were no Thai restaurants in Rhode Island — a dark age largely devoid of the culinary spice of life. Thank goodness there was Szechuan.
Exceptional and ridiculously inexpensive
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 07, 2009

Yoma Burmese Restaurant

Burmese food bears some resemblances to that of its neighboring countries, which has been emphasized during Boston's surprisingly long, if gapped, history with the cuisine.
After a long lapse, Boston gets another fine taste of a rare cuisine
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 26, 2009

The Place

Sometimes a burger or a heap of nachos is just what the appetite (and budget) ordered. Sometimes nothing less than white linen elegance will do. A Newport place ambitiously named the Place bills itself as "the wine bar and grille at Yesterdays." The la
When only fancy will do
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 19, 2009

Thaitation Thai Cuisine

I'm convinced that one of the reasons this restaurant column doesn't get the national readership it deserves is that, I keep raving about owner-chefs like Dusadan Lee Narbanshart.
Brown Sugar gets even sweeter
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2009

New Rod Dee

Alas, fire has taken out Rod Dee II, in the Fenway.
Love lost, but fear not . . . a new one's arrived
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 14, 2009

Angkor Restaurant

There is an interesting story behind many of the recipes at Angkor Restaurant.
Cambodian with a Khmer accent
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 29, 2008

Grezzo Restaurant

Grezzo, which means “raw” in Italian, is an upscale vegan restaurant specializing in “raw and living food.”

Raw power

By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 19, 2008


Changing your world view

Real wealth doesn’t have anything to do with having granite countertops.
One Pad Thai at a time
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 12, 2008

Thai Orchid

The most recent to come our way is Thai Orchid, and its small dining room (14 seats) should in no way undersell the quality of its food.
A smile-inducing flower of a place
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2008


I’m not supposed to like Wagamama, but I do. I’m not supposed to like chains, and Wagamama is a UK-based chain with 79 restaurants in 10 countries.
At the top of the food chain
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 24, 2007

The taste of love

That childhood taunt, “Why don’t you marry it!” might actually be worth listening to if the love professed is of a kind of food.
Thai red curry's secret is in the leaves
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  October 24, 2007

Zenna Noodle Bar

What’s three times better than a Vietnamese restaurant?
Regional stability in a bowl of soup
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 12, 2007


Establishing a neighborhood boîte amid several first-rate competitors sounds downright suicidal.
 Thai with other accents
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 25, 2007

Phuket Thai Restaurant

Now, later generations of Thai restaurateurs are beginning to re-fuse Thai cuisine with dishes more familiar to American customers.
Hard-hitting fusion food both novel and traditional
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 20, 2007

Apsara Palace

We first fell in love with pad Thai at Apsara, in South Providence.
Addictive eats from Southeast Asia
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 18, 2007


What would we do without the place? With no apologies to H.P. Lovecraft, CAV is Providence.
Exotic fusion, African masks
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 09, 2007

Rim Nahm

I’ll tell of a time when there were no sriracha or choo chee sauces in Rhode Island, no lime leaves, galangal, or even a tom yum soup to put them into.
Contentment at the water's edge
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2007


Editors' picks: Food

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Pho and I

As the clock strikes noon, Northeasterners brave the erratic Boston weather and venture out of their cozy offices and classrooms in search of one essential meal: lunch.
Thai one on here
By LEAH BEN-AMI  |  January 31, 2007

Like a ‘new city’

Just as America, in all of its wonderful and problematic complexity, will ultimately be remembered for having invented freedom and bestowed it upon the world, so Thai culture will be best remembered for having thought to put curry paste together with coc
Thai flavors in the heart of the Old Port
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 17, 2007

Thai Pepper

We’d gotten the tip from a friend who couldn’t remember the name but raved about the food.
 A terrific newcomer
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 15, 2006

Measuring up

As I tucked in to the roast chicken at Hamersley’s Bistro recently, I chided myself for ordering it.
Chefs and diners alike have dishes they use to judge all restaurants
By LOUISA KASDON  |  October 30, 2006


Thai Spice

You don’t go to Thai Spice for speedy service.
Slow and steady wins the race
By LIZ BOMZE  |  October 24, 2006

The Elephant Walk’s nataing

Rarely do restaurant-goers have the option of sampling both Cornish game hen with a tarragon-mustard wine sauce and soy-bathed loc lac beef chunks under the same roof.
Walk this way
By LIZ BOMZE  |  October 04, 2006

Pho Paradise

You’ve got to admire a restaurant with as ambitious a name as Pho Paradise.
Vietnamese bragging rights
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 30, 2006

Montien Thai Cuisine

I consider myself lucky to live in a city in which my local Thai eatery is one of many Thai venues; if I care to venture across town for a change of scenery or a new take on tom yum soup, my dining options are more than doubled.
Worth the hike  
By LIZ BOMZE  |  June 28, 2006