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my pocket choice for thai, Suriya Thai Restaurant

Suriya Thai Restaurant on Howard, in SOMA, San Francisco, CA

Suriya Thai Restaurant on Howard, in SOMA, San Francisco, CA

Tonight, dinner was about not just food but celebrating my friend Ll’s great accomplishment, acing a critical exam needed for his profession. (He’s so good. ) We chose Suriya Thai Restaurant, a place we’ve known for years, back in the days when it anchored the south end of the Valencia foodie corridor. (In fact, before Valencia was the foodie street that it is today.) Still, the new location on Howard has all the familiar trappings of the old. Gorgeous antique carvings are placed throughout the dining room including a striking display of centuries-old carved coconut shellers.

coconut shellers at Suriya Thai

coconut shellers at Suriya Thai

And the food is special. One can find a lot of thai in the City but somehow Suriya manages to set itself apart. Many of the dishes are drawn from family recipes so you’ll find some things here that you’ve not seen on menus before. The helpings are generous, the price reasonable. The casual-dining-feel in turn reflects the casual nature of the food. The descriptions on the menus are well worth reading, too…

Suriya menu

Suriya menu

Our server was Ahn, always flawlessly kind. A special treat was meeting Suriya’s owner, who came by to check on us, and I met one of the lovely women behind the scenes responsible for the exciting flavors on the menu.

A meal in pictures:

chicken dumplings at Suriya

scrumptuous, the chicken dumplings at Suriya.

sausage stuffed eggplant with basil

perennial favorite, the sausage-stuffed eggplant with basil

pineapple, tomato and duck curry

bursting with flavour: pineapple, tomato and duck curry

special menu item tonight, and so good!, the bbq pork ribs with shredded new coconut

special menu item tonight, and so good!, the bbq pork ribs with shredded new coconut

Suriya Thai Restaurant

1532 Howard St
(between 11th St & Lafayette St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA

(415) 355-9999

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One response

  1. I’m in the market for a good Thai restaurant, so this review made my mouth water. Gonna have to swing by there soon, as i’m craving Thai.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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