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.
Set just a short walk away from the Atlantic Avenue's bustling dining district, this family-owned restaurant has created its own unique eating destination. With stylish zen-like decor, it's got the perfect date-night ambience. But the food is what will really heat things up. Curries are striking, with selections ranging from the reliable green and red to the Indian spiced yellow; all of which are available to your desired temperature. Go for the crazy hot, if you can handle it. House originals, like the cashew nut, fresh hot basil, and garlic black pepper, are just as vivid. Sometimes you need to spice things up to keep life exciting. Go here when you do.