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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Six Best Thai Restaurants in St. Louis

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        Pla Song Kruang. | Ian Froeb
  •         Pla Song Kruang. | Ian Froeb

Basil Spice Thai Cuisine (183 South Grand Boulevard; 314-776-1530)

Indeed, pla song kruang might be best described as a salad that just happens to be served atop fried fish. The colorful jumble includes slivers of green apple, red onion and carrot as well as cilantro and whole cashews in a dressing of fresh lime juice spiked with a mild chile heat. (You can crank up that heat, if you like, though I don't think this dish needs it.)

The dressing is exceptionally tart, a smack to the palate, yet the dish as a whole maintains a lovely balance of sweet and sour, sharpness and savor.

-- Ian Froeb

Read the rest of the original post here: #42: Pla Song Kruang at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine

Pearl Café (8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard, Florissant; 314-831-3701)

This little gem has gained accolades for its "King of Spice" challenge: a series of four dishes, ranked from "Level 25" to "Level 100," each spiked with an increasingly more potent blend of hot chilies (including the fearsome, scorching ghost pepper). With a mouthful of fire, you might want to down a craft beer from the impressive tap list. But beyond spice, this is a terrific restaurant that offers popular dishes and house specialties -- from the straightforward red and green curries to the feisty "Drunken Noodles" to the Thai chili squid -- each expertly prepared and beautifully presented.

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