Have you ever gone out to eat and the food is so good that you wish you could recreate it at home but you have no idea where to even start? Like where do you find the ingredients? How does it look so decorative? Then when you find the courage to make the attempt, it’s looks like jail food so you throw it away and never tell anyone you did that. Yup…that’s how I feel when I dine out for Thai food. Every dish they bring out seems as if there’s 30 people in the kitchen perfecting each individual portion of the food allowing the flavors pop out like a shooting rainbow (have you feeling like “Toucan Sam”). But I love Thai food! It’s the one type of food that really can’t be franchised because of the authenticity of each signature dish. If I had the choice, I would eat it everyday. But for now, it’s a weekly visit and I have a few options that I want to share with you, and I’m for certain you will enjoy.
Lets Thai it Together…
If you’re ever in the North Miami area, there’s one way to know if a Thai place is going to be a good one, and that’s by the size of the venue. If there’s only seating for 15-20 people and it’s packed…you’re in the right spot! That’s how I felt when I walked into “Ricky Thai Bistro“. Enter through the back, enter through the front, really doesn’t matter because there’s only 10 steps between the two (yeah…that small). However, the aroma of sweet chili and curry will make you see the venue as a magical kingdom (until you open your eyes again and you’re standing in the servers way). What I like about Ricky Thai Bistro is that their menu is so basic, but to the point. I WANT THE GOOD STUFF!!! And that’s pretty much what’s printed. You have your options of Rice Dishes, Noodle Dishes, Stir Fry, Soups and some creative Salads. Order the Thai Wings & Nam Sod as starters. Talk about getting your pallet ready, these two will be gone quickly. If you’re not into wings, that’s cool, try the Tom Kha Goong Soup. Bu what’s the point of visiting without ordering a Pad Thai entree right? Say no more! I recommend doing a combination choice of protein for your Pad Thai. Give the Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai a spin and let me know how you feel. For my Instagrammers, the one dish you want to get your cameras out for…the Pineapple Fried Rice. Ooooooh baby!! Just the right amount of sweetness and spice to keep you scooping more on your plate. Check out their full menu at rickythaibistro.info or you can look them up on Facebook.
Moving south to the “Financial District” …otherwise known as Brickell! You’ll find one main attraction upon entering the area and that’s the newly designed Brickell City Center looking like a castle. But if you swing around to the other side of the mall, you’ll find a little place called “Bonding“. I know…sounds like a hardware store or maybe relationship counseling right? Nope…just another great place for Thai. A small yet modern and trendy venue, with a larger than normal menu that emphasizes their Sushi Rolls & Curry dishes. They don’t have an official website, but their online link will direct you to view their menu and order from Grubhub (bondingmiami.net) or you can find them on Facebook. Here’s a list of my recommendations: start off with some of their snacks like the Gyoza, Popcorn Shrimp, Bangkok Duck Buns, or Thai Lettuce Wrap. Still feeling hungry? Ok, go for their signature sushi rolls. Give the Dancing Spider Roll and the Brickellpolitan a run for your money. If you still have some room left, I highly suggest their Red Curry and the Sea Bass Miso – a dish that will leave you speechless (and ready to take a long nap). One thing I do love about Bonding is that their service is on point from the moment you walk in to ordering your food, and the promptness of delivering your food to your table. It has a romantic setting…so it could definitely be a good option for Valentine’s Day approaching.
For more options on restaurants, you can check out my Yelp reviews below and see the places I’ve dined. Ranging from 3 to 5 star venues with amazing views, great vibes, and of course, amazing food!