King & I
272 S La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211(310)652-9845
King and I is a place I've been going to for quite some time since it's so close to where I live and it consistently brings a tasty dining experience every time I go. Located in the "it's Beverly Hills but not really Beverly Hills area'' of La Cienega just south of Wilshire in a small cafe next to an "overpriced for what you get" sushi house (for the record me and the misses used to regularly hit the sushi house that used to be there before called "Samurai Sushi"...used to be so good and the sushi chefs were like family. I miss them *sniff sniff*).
This place has stellar thai food and a chill intimate little vibe going for it. I've sampled many things from their menu but as of the last couple of times I have really been digging their Sweet Angel which is shown below. It can best be described as a mixture of chicken, shrimp and something else that I'm blanking on right now but it's all mixed together after it's ground up and then shaped back into a chicken body part like a thigh or breast then fried up. It's cool looking and tastes phenomenal. Their pad thai is wonderful (flavorful and not too dry), their pad woonsen (glass noodles plate) is flavored a little bit differently then most, it's not too salty cause sometimes it tastes like it's been strained through some Campbell's chicken soup. Their pineapple fried rice is very fresh tasting and not too heavy on the curry. Speaking of which, all their curries are awesome and not too heavy which is sometimes a problem we have with other curries. A specialty they kill with is their chicken with cashews in chili paste...sigh...this is how this plate should be all the time. So good. Their appetizers are all great from the chicken satay and potstickers to the standard we often get (and shown below) , the Thai Toast which is ground shrimp and chicken on what appears to be melba -style toast. Put a little chili sauce on that and it's pretty spectacular.
A small mention should also go for their thai ice tea and thai coffee. If you haven't had either I would say go here and taste a fine example of what each should taste like. While Thai coffee may not go great with a meal, Thai tea goes great with most meals especially the spicy ones as it's the perfect salve for an on fire tongue (hint hint for curries). Parking is available in the back and the service is great. I'd say it's a decent place to take for date or a work lunch.
Free Drink Refills: Yes on the soda but not on the Thai iced teas or Thai coffee
Entree Price Range: About $11 a plate average