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Review of Talesai

Ranked #2,777 of 10,838 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Thai
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Central L.A
Reviewed 3 January 2016

I last visited this place about 5 years ago, and kept a great memory of the food eaten here. However, on a recent visit again to LA, decided to revisit this once great place to eat Thai cuisine. However my romantic memories of this place were indeed shattered as it is no longer the lovely Thai restaurant of 5 years ago. The decor is shabby, plastic and cheap looking table cloths replace the once smart and inviting decor. The atmosphere now is that of a Thai street market rather than the ambient romantic theme it once was. Our waiter was abrupt and was quick to state that they had no dessert on offer as the ice cream maker was broken, and even no coffee was available that evening. The starters were OK, though I had a dodgy stomach the following morning! Such a shame to see this place go incredibly down hill.Disappointing and very unlikely We will return here.

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Reviewed 20 March 2015

For years and years whenever we visited Los Angeles we went to Talesai, an oasis of calm and sophistication paired with exemplary, refined Thai food. That Talesai is no more. What exists now is Night+Market, a down-market place run by the adult children of the owners. Yet they continue to advertise that Talesai exists. True, if you sit on the left side of the restaurant, you can ask for a "Talesai menu," and if the whole table orders from it, you can get some of the old food. But the experience is not the same, at all!
First of all, the room has had any vestige of luxury stripped away and a consciously super-casual interior has replaced it. That means bare wood tables, decor that looks like it was made from brightly painted odds and ends and knick-knacks, and a deafening sound track. The neighborhood has changed, and this approach is working, for the place is bustling with the 20- and 30-somethings that live nearby. The prices are much lower, too.
The food, by the way, is good, but the experience is nothing like that on which they built their original reputation. They should just call the whole thing by the new name to avoid misleading confusion.

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Reviewed 15 August 2014

Not your typical thai food. Very salty and portions are small. Try it once to see what the hype is about. Do not order your typical thai food here since you will be disappointed.

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Thank Calvaryd
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We decided last minute to go out for Thai on our recent trip to LA. This turned out to be one of our best meals of the trip. The Chicken Curry was amazing!

Thank Jeffrey C
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We enjoy Thai food in Washington, DC, but had no sooner sat to eat at Talesai than we realized we had discovered a new favorite. Really two restaurants (Thai street cafe on the other side of the central bar), we ate in the darker, moody restaurant. We loved our corner table and ordered a variety of our favorites - crispy wontons, mushroom fries, grapow, sweet prawn curry. As we usually do, we graded each dish as it arrived. Usually, even in the best of restaurants, we are served food at various levels of quality. Not here - we graded everything superb. The food was crisp and tender, the brown rice enchanting even on its own, the curry and all the flavors were textured but not over-powering, just one hit after the other. Everything was great, and each dish by itself ranked up at the very top of our favorite Thai experiences. LA folks - do not hesitate - get over the Talesai, before we recruit the owners to come open in DC! Hit the Talesai side if you want a quieter darker room, and the Market on the other side for a brighter ambience with smaller plates of Thai street food. Delicious!

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