If your tastes run to the exotically spicy and romantic, walk across Pacific Avenue from Venice Beach into Marina Del Ray and to the Siamese Garden (301 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, 310/821-0098, Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sat. 5–11 p.m., Sun. 5–10 p.m., $10–30). A favorite of local couples both straight and otherwise looking for a romantic evening out, Siamese Garden boasts outdoor tables set in an overhanging lantern-lit garden, complete with glimpses of the Venice Canals through the foliage and fencing.
In the kitchen, Siamese Garden prides itself on creating delightful dishes created with only the freshest and best produce and ingredients available. The wide menu offers all of your favorite Thai classics, such as coconut soup, pad thai, and a rainbow of curries. Mint, lemongrass, peanut sauce, basil, and hot chiles crowd the menu with their strong and distinct flavors.
Vegetarians have a great selection of tasty dishes, while carnivores can enjoy plenty of good beef, poultry, and seafood. For dessert, try one of the fun sticky rice and fruit dishes. To accompany your meal, you can get a rich Thai iced tea (ask to see one before you order if you’ve never had it before) or a light Thai beer.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition