I like my Thai food greasy, dirty and cheap. (But not my date.) That’s just how authentic Thai food should be. After all, in Thailand, platanas are served with a side of flies (not fries) and hot tom yum soup come in charred metal bowls. Greasy, dirty and cheap but totally mouth-wateringly delicious.
So when I was invited to try a classy little Thai eatery in the middle of the bustling Sunset Boulevard, I was hesitant. Is the food actually going to be… light? Clean? Costly?
Turns out Night + Market at Talesai is a happy medium.
Created by owner and chef Kris Yenbamroong (who also runs the conservatively old-fashioned Talesai Thai restaurant next door), Night + Market serves up a flavorful menu of popular Thai street food (the heavier, meatier stuff) paired with hand-selected wines.
The vibe of Night + Market is a mix of hipster-chic (old tennis films play on one side of the wall) and casual comfort (long wooden communal tables fill up the space).
And the food is able to maintain the authenticity of simple Thai street food while experimenting with a little bourgeoisie. We were served 15 delicious dishes paired with three wines for the evening. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
fried pig tails | My favorite dish of the evening. Will, our generous host for the evening, described it as “pure, fat, love.”
pork satay skewers | Just like authentic street food! But (thank goodness) without the side of flies.
kar moo parlow/ whole braised pork hock | Reminded me of one of my favorite authentic Chinese dishes.
sai uaj/chiengrai herb sausage | Chris said he and the staff often spend hours hand-making these sausages.
salt crusted sea bream stuffed with herbs | Light, fluffy, like butter.
kaokluk gapi/shrimp paste-seasoned rice | Colorful, fresh dish.
hot pot tom yum shrimp soup | The most popular dish in Thailand was satisfying; tangy with a slow numbing burn.
pad thai | Normally one of my favorite dishes but with so many other good, meaty stuff around, hard to devote too much attention to it.
ob gai/chiengrai chicken stew | Are we still eating? Yes we are.
homemade ice cream in Ovaltine, graham cracker and malted milk | No meal is complete without dessert! In this case, light ice cream to perfectly cap off the warm evening (warm from all the wine we’ve had by this time.)
Night + Market also has this great backspace perfect for a summer BBQ and some light jazz band. Definitely pay a visit during one of those warm summer evenings.
Our dinner companions also contributed greatly to making the entire dining experience perfectly delectable. Thanks for educating and entertaining Audrey Magazine, fellow bloggers TummyDiaries, KevinEats, GastronomyBlog, and Fooddigger!
Night + Market at Talesai
9041 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069