On Daughter Thai’s web site, they proclaim that ‘Daughter Thai Kitchen is The Best Thai Restaurant in The Bay Area’. Best of anything is always hard to measure since often we are comparing apples and oranges. But I finally made it there after a kiddie train ride up on Berkeley Hills. Most of the items were very lovely. Which prompted me to wonder- can Daughter Thai give a run for Pim’s money, as Kin Khao to me is the best refined Thai restaurant in the Bay Area (not that there is a lot of competition)? And is Daughter Thai better than the other mid-tier Thai restaurants?
Here are what we ate:
Kai yang chicken:
Wonderful half chicken marinated in tumeric and coconut milk. Complex layer of sauce outside the chicken skin was a bit hit with everyone including kids and finger-licking good. Tasted a litlte
Ko-youk pork belly:
Where the dish shined when the pork belly was dipped into the chili plum sauce that gave provided heat and aroma. By itself, the five spice pork belly was mildly marinated and a bit on the dry side, though the five spice was very balanced and restrained. @Lethe2020 how did you tell they used real cinnamon?
Gang tai pla (southern fish curry):
Great- very spicy and intermixed with a bit of funk from the fermented (fish/ fish sauce). Complex and delicious. Came with crisp-fried pork belly small cubes for textural contrast, (some sort of fish, bamboo shoots) and herbs. The server warned me ahead of time that 1) its spicy and 2) its funky. I came for this dish and I was not to be deterred by a warning. If anything, I didn’t think it was as funky I thought given the warning. But it really was spicy, but definitely not one-dimensional. No dill provided. Hmmph.
Sai oua (southern thai sausage):
Its pretty good, but I wouldn’t mind if they make the spicing bolder or spicier.
Papaya salad that came with one of the above dishes:
Adequate though not memorable.
Overall a very good meal. I haven’t eaten at many thai restaurants lately, but I’d happily return to try more items. Based on the limited sample, Daughter Thai definitely falls in the top tier of our Thai restaurants with its refined spicing and cooking. I came here for the gang tai pla, but went away wanting more of the kai yang chicken. Best or not, we’ll have to see.
What are your opinions on their dishes, the specials and other items on the menu? What do you think of their ‘Best of the Bay Area’ claim?
Menu from Yelp: