For years we had good/decent Thai places in the cities we lived, e.g. San Diego, Boston but for really good Thai we tended to look forward to visits of Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas. Obviously with Covid that became more difficult. Now living in the Bay area really also gave us hope to have easier access to high quality Asian places, including Thai.
Kin Khao https://www.kinkhao.com/ really stands out for Thai restaurants - the only one in the US with a Michelin star - even though those stars have to be taken with a grain of salt for non-western places. But our first visit to Kin Khao really didn’t disappoint and it clearly showed why it stands out to any other Thai place - not your standard Thai dishes, no pick your sauce, pick your protein approach, no choice of heat level - just outstanding Thai food.
Mushroom hor mok - curry mousse in a jar with mushrooms, coconut cream, crispy rice cakes
Khao yum - Southern style turmeric rice salad, seasonal vegetables, sour fruits, herbs, crispy shallots, coconut + puffed rice, tamarind + black sesame dressing
Yaowaraj noodles - Bangkok chinatown stir-fried noodles, hodo soy tofu, green onions, cilantro, shiitake XO
Massaman nuea - braised beef cheeks in massaman curry, coconut milk, burnt + crispy shallots, potatoes
Stir-fried baby bok choy with garlic and light soy
Caramelized pork belly - sweet, savory, voluptuous pork belly cooked in a cast iron
Black rice pudding with banana, salty coconut cream, crispy rice, peanut, sesame praline
Coffee panna cotta, taro, coffee syrup, cream, espresso sea salt, toasted coconut flakes