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Yonkel | Jun 7, 200604:38 PM     10

Location! Location! Location! This old real estate maxim must be true--it's the only reason I can think of why this jewel of a restaurant is not busier. --Not that it's a terrible location, a tad off the beaten track, but convenient to Civic Center--791 O'Farrell, it would probably be a lot busier if it were just a few feet over on the cross-street, Larkin. But it's not.

I've eaten here scores of times--often brining diverse groups including my vegetarian daughters and diverse groups of friends plus present and former co-employees and the reviews from about 35-50 different people range from the very positive to the exceptional. The restaurant bills itself as featuring the cuisine of the Mekong delta--I'm not enough of a gourmet to know what the culinary fare is of that region--I regard it, possibly in my ignornace, as an excellent Thai restaurant. Larb, pad thai, tod mun, spicy chicken soup in coconut milk plus various meats and seafood with standard Thai spices and sauces are my standard fare there. Most anything on the menu can be ordered as a vegetarian dish plus there is a separate vegetarian menu. Reasonably priced and the kind of service you only get when you know they're really trying hard to develop a clientele and give you a reason to return. In my opinion, one of the best restaurants you can find in this affordable price range and considerably better than many that are far pricier. If you're in the neighborhood and hungry do yourself a favor and check it out.

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