Who: Melanee ThaiWhat: Authentic Thai Food
Where: W. Pico Blvd LA CA
Rating: The most delicious thai food you will ever have. Endulge!
My recommendation is to grab a bunch of friends and head to Melanee Thai for great food and great conversation. The atmosphere is cozy, relaxed, and quaint at this local hotspot. Paul, owner and head chef, welcomes every customer with a familiar head nod and hand wave.
But lets' talk food. I'm all about big, bold flavor, and fresh fresh ingredients. Enter Melanee Thai. A twenty-something year old family run business. The prices are easy on the wallet and the portions on most entrees are large enough for four people to split. You will be completely satisfied. I guarantee it.
Fried Shrimp Rolls
Shrimp deep fried in phyllo dough. The crunch is out of this world, but it's incomparable to the burst of flavor you get when you bite into it. Once @OhJazzy and I (my fellow foodie) stopped by for lunch and ordered three of these. We were determined to figure out the seasoning combination. Verdict: Not successful!
Hands down one of my favorite dishes is the "Paul Special". Based on my taste buds it goes a little something like this. Breaded shrimp fried, then sauteed in a garlic sauce over thin silky buttery noodles. Always flanked by two large crisp and crunchy blanched to perfection pieces of asparagus. I have to have extra garlic sauce (see pic below). Its like each piece of garlic is breaded, fried, then sauteed in this delicious mysterious sauce. Mysterious, because Paul won't give up the juice on the details. Trust me I've asked!
Chinese Chicken Salad
Everything in this salad is crispy, crunchy, super fresh and slightly chilled. Then surprise, the chicken is thin, tender and warm. Coated in a light sesame ginger sauce.
Garlic Black Pepper Chicken
Marinated in a light garlic black pepper sauce with carrots, bok choy, onions, spinach, and finished with cilantro. Rediculously delicious! The chicken is tender and marinated very well, while the vegetables remain crisp and fresh. Served over with white rice.
Seafood Fried Rice
Crab, scallops, shrimp in traditional fried rice. The rice is light and fluffy with peas, carrots, egg, and large slices of onions. Paul does not skimp on the seafood in this dish. I've called him to walk me through the recipe, but he told me not to learn how to make it so I would come there to eat it.
Do not waste your time ordering simple "pad thai". If you happen to give this place a shot, try at least one of the dishes I've mentioned above. I also recommend any of the following, I've had them all.
- Bangkok noodle,
- Garlic tofu or garlic eggplant
- Spicy Seafood
- Coconut Rice
- Orange chicken... you get the point!
Totally "completely utterly" Obsessed, xoxo Love