Jitra is an established Thai restaurant in San Francisco (19th & Ocean) that has received a lot of press over the years.
About a year and a half ago, a branch opened up in Roseville at the southwest corner of Sierra College Blvd. and E. Roseville Parkway.
We went there for lunch today to test the waters, and had a generally positive response.
Sam Sahai is an interesting stir fry of shrimp, chicken and squid, along with vegetables and bean thread noodles. Slightly hot, slightly sour and it had that characteristic Thai lightness. $7.25
Rad Na is fat rice noodle ribbons stir fried with broccoli and your choice of chicken, beef or prawns, all in a thick black-bean gravy. I chose beef, and there was plenty of it, and lots of broccoli. The flavoring was quite good, and our server brought a tray of three condiments (Jalapenos in vinegar, some chili powder with ground something else in it, and a chili oil sauce that was great) that made the dish more interesting. Drawbacks: 1) the gravy was way too aggressively thickened, making the noodles impossible to separate in the gluey goo, and 2) it was just a bit too sweet. My partner commented that those two drawbacks were likely adjustments to suit local gated-suburb tastes.
Still, the Sam Sahai in particular made us interested in returning for a full dinner.
Jitra Thai Cuisine
9290 Sierra College Blvd. at E. Roseville Pkwy