Much like Chinese food, even though Thai food is popular and prevalent in the US, most people don't venture out of the usual order of tom yum, pad thai, etc (though LA residents are pretty good about venturing out). Granted, it's hard to do when faced with a menu of foreign words. That's why for me, having a tasting menu at a recent media dinner at Ayara Thai Cuisine was a good way to explore.
The first bite was something I haven't had before. It's called Miang Kham. The name literally means "one bite" and it's described as "6 flavors" wrapped in young Chinese broccoli leaves and eaten whole.
The next dish was something I would've associated with Chinese cuisine: Bitter Melon Soup.
Raw Pacific Oysters: with Ayara's chili-lime Seafood Sauce with cilantro and fried shallots, and a Ginger-Black Vinegar Mignonette with cracked black peppers
Nam Prik Kapi: shrimp paste relish served with fried eggplants, steamed vegetables, and acacia omelet
My favorite dish was definitely the Baked Dungeness Crab in a claypot with glass noodles, garlic, cilantro roots, and black peppers
And of course, we had to have the Mango Sticky Rice. The mango they used that night was particularly ripe and sweet.
lobster pad thai) I found that they actually have a pretty interesting menu and great food. Now it's not only a great pit stop en route to/from LAX but I would drive here for that crab in a claypot!
Ayara Thai Cuisine
6245 W 87th St
Westchester, CA 90045