Tom yam, the traditional hot-and-sour soup, served here with shrimp, packs the usual sinus-clearing wallop of ginger, lemongrass and lime juice. At Thai Sawadee, though, I was especially taken with the clear, delicate broth. Equally delicious is the tiny bowl of the vegetable soup always included with your lunch.

On my final visit, I began my meal with larb gai. On the one hand, this is simple to describe: ground chicken, scallions, chiles and crushed or "broken" rice in lime juice. Yet I'm constantly mystified by this dish. At some Thai restaurants, the crushed rice dominates, adding a unique crunch. At Thai Sawadee, I barely noticed the rice, yet the lime and chile flavors were overpowering. Which is better? Which is more authentic?

Thai Sawadee's Patrick Chau.
Jennifer Silverberg
Thai Sawadee's Patrick Chau.

Location Info


Thai Sawadee

171 Hilltown Village Center
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Chesterfield


Back of the House

Go into the kitchen with chef and co-owner Patrick Chau.

Thai Sawadee Larb gai...$7
Beef panang curry...$11
Pineapple fried rice...$17
Nam tok beef...$17
171 Hilltown Village Center, Chesterfield; 636-728-0308.
Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Dinner 5-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5-10:30 p.m. Fri., 4:30-10:30 p.m. Sat., 4:30-9 p.m. Sun.

Honestly, I don't know. But it's one reason I'll never complain when another Thai restaurant opens. Each is its own door into this fascinating cuisine.

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