After battling almost two hours of traffic and missing lunch, I was excited to sit down to try an array of dishes that Ayara plans to introduce (if they haven’t already) to their menu. I have stopped by Ayara Thai’s booth at a few food festivals around Los Angeles so I was excited to sit down and have some real deal portions of what they had to offer. I wasn’t disappointed.
“Food is more delicious when shared with those you love” seemed like the theme of the evening. A large table was set in the empty building that Ayara Thai will expand into at the end of the year. I didn’t know anyone in the room, but by the end of the night I felt like I just had a delicious meal with close family and friends. The food came out in huge portions meant to be put at the center of the table to be shared.
My favorite had to be the Spicy Oxtail Soup. The meat was so tender and the spicy kick to it with the chili lime broth was the perfect combination. I definitely suggest trying out Ayara Thai if are you around the LAX Airport area. Not only will get you get spectacular food, but you will feel like part of the family when you leave.
Some of the other dishes of the night included Pacific Halibut Nam Prik Kor-Sang which was a Chili Relish served with fresh veggies from the local Famer’s Market and Caramelized Son-in-Law Egg. The hard-boiled eggs were glazed with a tangy tamarind sauce and the perfect appetizer to the main courses.
Another one of my favorite dishes was the Dungeness Curry Crab! I don’t think they could have packed anymore flavor into a dish. I’ve always been a fan of crab growing up, but the combination of the curry took this seafood dish to another level. This was one dish that was worth getting my hands dirty!
Now that we are in the Fall Season, it was nice to end the meal with a festive Pumpkin Creme Brulee for dessert. Ayara didn’t forget about the beverages either. They plan to have a full bar when they reopen after their expansion and we got a chance to taste one of the cocktails they plan to offer. This Thai Paloma cocktail consisted of Lemongrass and Thai chili infused Tequilla. Balanced out with lime, grapefruit, honey simple syrup and Bimdanerge soda–this is one drink I will definitely have again.
With 4-5 ratings on Urban Spoon, Yelp and Trip Advisor–this is one L.A. foodie spot that is a must try. Be sure to also check out our Pad Thai Slider recipe using Ayara’s Pad Thai Sauce!