Had dinner at Cafe Talesai in Beverly Hills tonight. We hadn't been there for awhile -- if we want Thai food we usually hit a traditional hole-in-the wall kind of place, and Cafe Talesai leans towards more of a California cuisine Thai-fusion approach.
Had an excellent filet mignon satay. The beef was very tender, with great flavor and a nice hint of spice. Simple preparation that let the ingredients shine through. Well worth the $9.00 for 4 skewers.
Next up was a truly decadent corn fritter with cucumber sauce. Individual kernels dipped in just enough batter to hold them together long enough to take a quick dip in the deep fry, then on to a platter, hot, crunchy, and bursting with sweet corn flavor. Addictive but rich. Another one worth the price -- $7.95
Next two dishes were only so-so. Pad Thai was very bland, but I didn't expect much from it to begin with. A thousand store front places do it much better for much less. (Certainly less than the $12 plus we paid.) Orange chicken was deep fried beyond recognition, and nary a taste of orange. A real disappointment, since one of the reasons we ordered it was that we had had it before and gotten a pungent mix of orange and spice in a very light batter. Tonight's dish wasn't even close. Not worth it. ($12.95)
There are a lot of interesting fusion dishes on the menu, and the space is nice, if a bit cold and industrial. Basically a neighborhood place, but reflecting the neigborhood, kind of pricey for what you get. Dinner for two, with a glass of wine (Groth Sauvignon Blanc) was $58 without tip.
Cafe Talesai -- 9198 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills (Between Rexford and Doheny)