During the holidays, meals out tend to be on the fly as you whirl through work and shopping. Meals at home tend to be heavy and full of traditional American favorites. Which is why it was so refreshing to take a break from classic home cooking and try something new at Rice Thai Tapas.
Whenever a restaurant has tapas in the name or on the menu, I try to bring along as many people as possible, in order to better try more of the tapas choices on the menu. I managed to get together a motley crew of five foodies and together we ate our way through much of the “traditional Thai with a modern twist” that comprises the menu of Rice Thai Tapas.
Located in an unassuming shopping center well outside of Old Town’s major foot traffic areas, Rice Thai Tapas is a welcome relief as we got a spot right inside the parking lot. Once inside, the space is open and modern, but warm and welcoming thanks to muted neutral shades rather than the clean white often favored by modern eateries.
While many Thai favorites can be found on the menu, including larb, pad thai and curry, I was with an adventurous group so we stuck primarily to the “tapas” portion of the menu, which was filled with small bites that many of us has had never before experienced in a Thai setting.
Basically, the tapas at Rice Thai tapas uses traditional Thai flavors and then makes them extra delicious by making them small portions, but big enough to share. We chowed down on the tom yum wings, rice sausage, tamarind egg, crying tiger and siam edamame. We also enjoyed some specialty beers and a lychee martini to help cut the spice. While the edamame were good, they were definitely the least exciting of the delectable dishes.
All members of the party were well filled by the end of the meal, but we already can’t wait to head back and try some more tapas, and possibly a few of the more traditional favorites as well.
Rice Thai Tapas 181 E Glenarm St Pasadena, California
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