Suriya Thai Restaurant Review, San Francisco
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1532 Howard St (Between 11th and 12th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 431-3113 (Fax)
Suriya Thai Restaurant is a Thai restaurant located in the Mission district of San Francisco. Mr. Suriya opened the restaurant in 1991. They moved from their Valencia Street location to this new more spacious location on Howard Street in 2009. Our last visit was in late 2010.
Decor, Vibe – Suriya Thai is housed in an old building that has been spiffed up with some nice artifacts, wood paneling, Thai artifacts. Mostly parties of 2 in their 30′s dining here. Lots of to go orders.
Suriya Thai Menu Pictures
Thai Ice Tea
Money bags ($7.95) prawns, ground chicken, Thai seasoning bundled in crispy rice wrappers and tied with green onion strings, served with house salad. A fun little dish with several crispy wonton-like bags of joy. The salad is more of a garnish.
Tom Yum Koong ($9) Spicy hot and sour soup with prawns, lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, and thai herbs. This potent soup had lots of large fresh shrimp, mushrooms and spicy and tangy broth. Not for the faint of heart.
Pad Thai ($11.95) Stirfried Thai noodles with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, and topped with crushed peanuts and chicken. A large dish with lots of chicken, sprouts, eggs, and a very nice sauce.
Mieng Kum ($7.25) comes with small dishes of shrimp, shallot, ginger, peanuts, coconut, lime and mildly spicy sauce. You take a little of each and put them in a spinach leaf. A very fun and tasty dish. Each ingredient tasted very good and added to the uniqueness.
Waterfall Beef Salad ($8.95) with Grilled beef, shallot, onions, mint, ground roasted rice, chilies, lime juice and fresh vegetables was a pretty big dish. This dish had a fair amount of spiciness, so beware. It was also a little tart and zesty. Be sure to get some rice to help beat the heat.
Pumpkin Curry ($11.95) with shrimp was a red curry with coconut milk is a must get signature dish here. Delicious smooth red curry that was a little sweet and tender pumpkin that tasted like sweet potatoes. A healthy does of shrimp too. We also tried it with chicken and found this large dish excellent.
Coconut ice cream ($3) was bought from Mitchell’s Ice cream and had 2 good sized scoops of creamy goodness.
Suriya Thai’s Service was very good, helping it was the fact that the restaurant was mostly empty. The servers were friendly and helped us navigate the large menu. This location finally takes credit cards, $10 corkage, and $12 minimum per person. Very small wine list, glasses from $6, bottles from $22. While price are not the lowest around, food quality is very good, making Suriya Thai a superior bet and one of our favorites for Thai food in San Francisco. Suriya also has Thai Cooking classes.
If you prefer something a little more modern, try Osha Thai.
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