This architecturally dramatic space—a small glass-walled dining room and larger open-air patio set off by fifteen-foot-tall laser-cut steel panels modeled on Thai fabrics—is perfectly suited to the wonderful Thai street food, which is, after all, intended to be eaten outdoors. You’ll find dishes you won’t find elsewhere in town, like the crispy, addictive corn cakes, fish balls with curry, salad of asparagus and chicken, and skewers of marinated pork. The sister restaurant to neighboring Saladang, this is a romantic spot popular for date nights.
383 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.793.5200, Thai. L & D daily. Beer & wine. AE, MC, V. $-$$