The 2017 Michelin Guide has recently been published and only 3 restaurants in Danville made the grade (with one of them, Royal India Grill, having departed). Michelin thinks that Esin and the Thai House are definitely worth a visit so we decided to take their advice.
Sylvia and I dined there early on a Friday evening in October and on entering, it was apparent that this was not a novel idea. The restaurant was already quite full and there were a few parties in the foyer without bookings who were hoping for tables. I am pleased to say we had a reservation and before too long we were seated at one of only three tables in a small back dining room.
The Thai House appears to have started life as a tiny Danville cottage and much of the natural ambiance still remains making it into a very comfortable and cozy place to enjoy a meal. There are 3 or 4 separate dining rooms, the largest of which has a prominent fireplace and any one of them would be pleasant to dine in.
Thai cuisine is so different from other Asian cuisines with it’s clever use of distinct flavorings such as lemongrass, ginger and basil. The menu here is extensive to a level that is rarely seen, even in Chinese restaurants and the choices can be bewildering.
Both Sylvia and I had a pretty good idea what we liked though. We started with a shared appetizer of satay chicken.—small flattened kebab like chicken filets marinated and grilled on bamboo skewers, served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. This made for a perfect appetizer and I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
For an entrée, Sylvia had Pra Ram Chicken. This is one of her favorite Thai dishes and is found in many Thai restaurants. Pieces of chicken sautéed with garlic and served over a bed of steamed vegetables then topped with a peanut curry sauce. This is also one of my favorites and it was really outstanding.
For my entrée, I had Duck Curry—pieces of roast duck in a red curry sauce with bell peppers, peas, pineapple and tomato. This was so good, I would find it difficult to order any other dish here.
Both our entrees were accompanied by steamed Jasmine rice, which is pleasingly aromatic and although I was tempted to order a portion of Pad Thai noodles as well, I resisted that temptation. Probably just as well, since the portion sizes were generous and I was feeling pretty full when it came time to leave.
Neither of us had room for dessert and Sylvia had a glass of Chardonnay to accompany her meal while I had a glass of Singha beer.
So overall, a really enjoyable evening out. In addition to everything else, I was pleasantly surprised to see how reasonable the prices were, particularly for a restaurant recommended in the Michelin Guide. Check out their website at ThaiHousDanville.com.