Born in Yasothon Province in Thailand, owner and chef Nopporn "Noopy" Areerak has been cooking true Thai food since a young age, beginning with his mother and supplemented with formal training from Oriental Thai Cooking School at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. Set in Northwood Village, his brightly colored restaurant is filled to the brim with locals looking to get some a true taste of Southeast Asia. All of the old reliables are here: pad Thai, curries, tom kha gai. But with a pedigree like his, you'd be wise to try some of Areerak's chef specials, such as crispy Thai or red curry duck. It's haute and casual at the same time.
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