Many months ago, the fetching Mrs Grub bribed the Grubman to accompany her to her favorite scrapbooking store on 87th St in Westchester. Theres a great Thai restaurant right next door, says she. My treat.
Yea, right, thinks I, just like Thai Dishes. Harumphh. Maybe next time. Months pass & Ayara Restaurant in Westchester is mentioned favorably on the board a few times. The delightful Mrs G re-bribes & off we go.
Many visits later, the Grubber must go on record w this recco: If you want splendid Thai food on the Westside, take the time to search this place out. Its just off Sepulveda & Manchester, kinda behind Pacos Cantina (dont even think about it) on Manchester.
Small, lovely minimalist design featuring carved ayaras (elephants). Family-run w servers who are unwaveringly friendly & helpful, if a bit leisurely. Small, not-so-lovely minimalist winelist, so BYO. Not sure what their corkage policy is, but Id wager corkage, if any, is also minimalist.
The food everything weve ever eaten is excellent. Curries are terrific, Grubsans fave is Panang. They do an excellent crazy fish, a whole pompano scored & deep-fried, w a tangy Thai sauce. All the usual suspects like pad Thai are also spot-on, as are the soups. For something more mundane, even the bbq chicken rocks.
All this at reasonable prices.
Ayara Thai Cuisine
6245 West 87th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90045