Last Friday, I asked for recommendations of good Thai lunch options in NoHo...then I had to run out the door before anyone could respond. So, I ended up going to Sri Siam (on Vanowen), based on an old recommendation I found on the site.
Since this was a solo lunch, I only got to try a single dish - pad kee mow goong (drunkard's noodles with shrimp).
The noodles were the wide noodles (sen yai?); the flavors were pretty nicely balanced. But the funny thing about my experience was the waitress. She asked me if I wanted it spicy and I said, "Oh yeah!" Then she walked over to the service window and called out 'ped glaang.' Ped glaang means medium spicy! Turns out that Sri Siam's medium spicy was pretty hot by American standards and the dish was tasty, so no complaints--just amusement. I used the provided chili powder, sugar, vinegar and fish sauce to punch up the heta level a little and to add some more sweet bite (I am American, after all).
Pretty good experience - but since it was only one dish, I guess caveat emptor applies.
2843 Vanowen Boulevard