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Tasty takeout from Manora Thai, SF SOMA

Nina | Jan 24, 200606:24 PM

I'd never had food from here before, but since a colleague was going and offered to bring some back, I took a flutter on a lunch combination. For $7.95 I received a cup of lemon chicken soup, some fried rice, and a choice of any two of eleven dishes. I chose garlic pork ("pan-fried thin slices of pork marinated in garlic and black pepper") and gai-graprao ("sauteed chopped chicken with spicy basil garlic sauce"). Other dishes on the lunch combo include satay, imperial rolls, fish cakes, and fried prawns with vegetables. The rest of the small take-out selection are rice plates and noodle plates, but Manora seems less noodle-centric than many Thai places. I didn't go along so I can't compare the eat-in menu.

The soup, which was a coconut milk-curry base, was very lemony with a large piece of chicken and two mushrooms in it. Extremely delicious. I don't like coconut per se, so I often don't like things with coconut milk if they have too heavy a coconut flavor, but this was really superb, sweet and savory at once, complex but also very comforting. The garlic pork was also very tasty, with a lot of nice sauce which the blander rice and chicken dishes sopped up well.

Manora doesn't deliver, but if you're in the vicinity of 12th and Folsom and/or can find a place to park and run in, I think it's a good deal. It's also nice to have a take-out meal with that much variety of dishes rather than one big serving of something.

Manora Thai Cuisine
1600 Folsom Street
San Francisco 94102

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