Restaurants & Bars

San Francisco Bay Area Thai Deli Oakland

Green Papaya Deli - Lao-Thai in Oakland

Share:

More from Restaurants & Bars

Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area Thai Deli Oakland

Green Papaya Deli - Lao-Thai in Oakland

daveena | | Oct 7, 2007 01:27 PM

This is a relatively new restaurant on International Boulevard, attached to a Thai video store. The menu is very limited, which I think may be an advantage - one of the problems with Champa Garden is its massive menu - too easy to order something mediocre, and even the good dishes aren't consistently good.

I went for lunch, and only tried two dishes, but both were very, very good - a Lao-style papaya salad (it can be ordered either Thai or Lao style), and a beef larb. Both were well-balanced, although the larb was a little more intense (balanced, but intensely salty, sour, and spicy) than I normally like - I had to eat a lot of rice to clear my palate between bites. The papaya salad was just delicious - I love the flavor of fermented crab paste, though, so people who aren't into that should order the Thai-style, which is sweeter, and sans fermented crab.

When you order, they'll ask "how many peppers?" - I found five to be plenty for me (I'm a wimp) - I think it registered between a 2 and a 3 on Champa Garden's 5 point scale. My friends, who routinely eat spicy food, said they usually order 15, but have seen people go as high as 40.

Two dishes, plus 3 orders of sticky rice, were plenty for 3 people, and came out to about $5/pp.

The entire menu (we asked the owners to describe some of the dishes that didn't have English translations, but weren't able to get descriptions of everything - since the General Chowhounding Topics board came through for me with the Mongolian menu, I'll post the untranslated menu items there, too):

SALADS:
Papaya salad
String bean salad
Beef larb
Soup (tome keurng nai)
Chicken larb
Duck larb
Pork larb
Kao poont (noodle soup)
Sai Oaw (sausage)
Duck (pate tah bee)

HOMEMADE FOOD:
Moke pa (best I can tell, sounds similar to Cambodian amok)
Som pug kaad
Som end
Soup nor mike (bamboo soup)

CHICKEN/BEEF
Chicken stick
Beef stick
Som moo
Dried porkskin

Green Papaya Deli
207 International Blvd (@ 2nd avenue)
M-Sat 9:30-9:00
Sun 10:00-8:00
510-836-5337

Feedback