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eDIbLe LoS aNgElEs Part 10. Ayara Thai

Posted Jul 11 2010 1:31pm

So, you have been stuck driving through the dreaded LAX terminals for 45 minutes, you are hungry, your friend is late, and you now have a headache from being honked at every fifteen seconds.

Do you…

A. Say, “YOU CAN TAKE A TAXI”… drive away and go to In and Out?

B. Explode out of frustration?

C. Take a deep breathe, wait for you friend, and then go get Los Angeles’s best Thai food?

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the best little Thai restaurant in Los Angeles, located in a strip mall, behind an IHOP, next to the world’s ugliest Staples, Ayara Thai .  Ayara is the most unassuming restaurant; there is nothing frilly about it. The place is very clean with green accents and is decorated with wooden elephants.  The staff is friendly and efficient and the food is consistently yummy every time.  Their meat is not organic, but they offer every dish as either vegetarian with tofu, or just vegetables.  

Their fresh spring rolls are insanely tasty.  They come with shrimp, but they will gladly make them with tofu instead.  The peanut sauce that comes with the spring rolls is out of this world.  They have a nice variety of stir-fries and curries; my favorite is the Thai garden. It is a stir-fry with a variety of vegetables including nappa cabbage, carrots, onions, bean sprouts, broccoli, green onions, and mushrooms. It is so delicious.  Also, their papaya salad is to die for.  The Papaya Pok-Pok is a salad of shredded green papaya, tomatoes, carrots and long beans, it has a light mild dressing but it is a spicy salad.  If you aren’t a spicy person you can ask for the salad to be made mild. Traditionally, the salad comes with dried shrimp flakes on it; I really do not like the fishy taste of the flakes so I always ask for the salad sans dried shrimp flakes.

 Ayara is also extremely affordable.  Not giving this little joint a shot would be insanity. The food is so delicious, affordable, and vegetarian friendly.  Also, everyone has to go to LAX at one point or another.  Why not actually make that trip to LAX a delicious one?

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