Thai Recipes

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Location
132 E Street #190, in Mansion Square
Hours
Dinner Everyday 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Phone
(530)759-2099
Web site
[WWW]http://thairecipes.intuitwebsites.com
Method of Payment
Credit card minimum is $15. Davis Dollars

We do delivery. $40 minimum
We do Catering. Please ask us for pricing.
Ask for vegan and gluten free dishes.

Lunch
Price Range: $7.50-$8.95 (Entrees come with a cup of soup and side of rice.)
Meal for 2 Deal: $25 (2 Entrees, 2 Drinks, 1 Appetizer or 1 Dessert)

Thai Iced Tea or Thai Iced Coffee (Upgrade to unlimited refills)

Thai Recipes is the type of restaurant where you can go casually dressed with a bunch of friends, or semi dressy on date or celebratory meal. Moderately priced place, you can get a good dinner and drink for about $11/person not including tax and tip.

It's good to know that the menu is written entirely using the dishes' traditional Thai names without any English translation. (There actually is a bit of English translation, along the lines of "beef", "pork", "chicken", and "shrimp". They also have plenty of vegetarian options here, in fact, it was voted the Most Vegetarian Friendly Restaurant in Davis one year (There's a plaque hanging on the wall. Perhaps somebody wants to verify this).

If you have no idea what to get and you're just looking for some damned good food, Pad Thai (the best known Thai dish) comes highly recommended. $8.95

You can also request the spiciness level of the food to be adjusted to your liking (e.g. mild, medium, hot, or very spicy). 'Very spicy' is known as Thai hot here. If you really like spicy stuff, be sure to request it as they won't suggest it (they found too many customers were ordering it and sending it back because it was too spicy). The waiting staff and kitchen use a numbering system of 1 (mild), 2 (medium), 3 (hot), and 4 (Thai hot). However, you may order 5, 6, 7...

Free refills on fountain drinks, but not on Thai tea.

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Read a [WWW]review of Thai Recipes and a [WWW]feature on its owners written in Davis Life Magazine.

Reviews and comments

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2005-04-19 13:14:43   Went there about a month ago...very good. My favorite next to Thai 2K. Can't wait to get back, could be my favorite overall. —AnnieSirrah


2005-07-24 18:31:07   Good food. I'm very fond of the Tom Yum soup and the Masamarn curry. Had the Thai-hot for the soup, didn't think it was all that hot, but I suppose it can depend on the cook? But I'm also more accustomed to spicier foods. —IrenePark


2005-08-10 18:42:04   This is my favorite Thai place in Davis. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgable and the food is amazing. I love everything I've tried (and I've been there 20+ times). Try some Tom Kha Gai soup, it's an excellent initiation to Thai food for beginners. —MelissaPytlak


2005-10-03 12:53:34   After reading the reviews on this site, I decided to give Thai Recipes a try and while nice, the food didn't seem that authentic. The portions for the Pad Thai were small for the price, as well. I can see the charm in this place, however. Perhaps I'll go back? —LiRic


2005-10-03 11:15:30  Imagine an episode of the Twilight Zone where the protagonist comes to realize that he’s been transported to a parallel universe where everyone’s senses—sight, smell, touch, affect—are demonstrably attenuated. Passionate love, in this universe, is equivalent to masturbation, and spicy food is associated with the diabolical use of a banned substance called “pepper.” If you can imagine such a universe, then you may not realize that it already exists: it's called Davis, California. Thai Recipes, like Sophia’s, is another example of Davis’ mediocritization of taste. Both disdain 8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide, a.k.a., [WWW]capsaicin, and both seem to take shortcuts when preparing entrées. Thai Recipes, for example, uses a piquancy scale of 1 to 4 (the latter achieving so-called “Thai hot” status). This scale, sadly, exists in the Twilight Zone. Thai Recipes’ “4” is more like a “1” on a gastronomical [WWW]Scoville scale ranging from 1 to 10. Aside from temperature, Thai Recipes' green curry sauce tastes suspiciously like [WWW]Thai Kitchen store-bought paste combined with an excess amount of coconut milk (that's how they trick the kiddies into thinking it's full of flavor—give em' a little candy and they'll come back for more). Such dishes taste good according to fast-food, not fine dining, standards. That said, I don’t blame Thai Recipes for the quality of their food. To understand why, view my hypothesis on why Davis' restaurant scene suffers from collective mediocrity at my wiki page. —ZN


2005-11-04 19:03:17   While I agree Davis isn't the best place for hotmouths, I think Mr. Norwood may be both unfair and long-winded in his assessment. What impressed me about Thai Recipes is that the heat in the dishes doesn't mask the natural flavours of the ingredients. Portions are just right; I can clear my plate and not feel I've over-eaten. Despite the Ikea furniture it's my first choice for Thai food in Davis. —LiamCreighton


2006-01-28 04:08:37   I came here with a group of ~20 people a few weeks ago, and they handled the situation extremely well. Food arrived on time and at the right temperatures, the orders were fulfilled correctly, and noone in our party had to wait an unreasonable amount of time. The quality of food is fine - not the best Thai I've had, but above average anyway. —GrahamFreeman


2006-03-02 23:45:10   I love this place and the girl who works Monday nights is wonderful! I definitely suggest the Pad Radna. —KimNeston


2006-03-30 10:02:35   Had dinner here last night and thouroughly enjoyed it. The green curry at "3" heat level was just right for me - just a bit of sweat on my nose and forhead and delicious. Also had a noodle dish with crab that was excellent. Very good food at a moderate price and excellent service. —PaulThober


2006-04-18 17:00:25   This is definitely my favorite Thai restaurant in Davis. I'm particularly fond of the curries. They're not real watery here but thicker and made with coconut milk. My understanding is that this is the most authentic Thai food in Davis and that people who come from Thailand often comment that this is just how they make food in Thailand. The atmosphere is calm and sterile feeling. This is a great place for a date, families, and to take Mom when she comes to town. —BrianMartinez


2006-04-23 22:36:44   Ok. This place had horrible service and was completely overpriced! The waitstaff barely spoke any english and messed up our orders! Our friend who is allergic to calamari got really sick and we talked to the "manager" who promised us there was nothing of the sort cooked in that pan, and even got so defensive that he brought the cook out to say it for herself instead of just trusting the customer and taking it off the tab. Will never go back. Goto Sophia's across the street. —JesseUnger


2006-05-08 09:00:35   This place has the worst pad thai in Davis. The seasoning is OK, but it's far too wet and soggy, and the noodles are of the cheapest kind. —DavisHo


2006-05-16 11:40:04   I've only eaten here once, but I thought it was really good. I had a beef curry dish, and it was awesome. The portions don't seem to be quite as big as those found at Sophia's, but the food was good enough to justify going there again. —AdamSchneider


2006-05-29 18:08:33   Definitely my least favorite Thai restaurant in Davis. The seasonings were bland, the noodles were soggy, and everything seemed overpriced compared to other Thai restaurants in Davis. However, I will say that their fried bananas were delicious. —AnjaGilbert


2006-10-09 16:35:36   Their food is more spicy than other thai places in Davis. I like the food there. Portions are reasonable size for the price. —KiwiSelina


2006-12-13 20:41:50   I really enjoyed the food here. They seem to take the extra step with everything to make a great restaurant. From the filtered water to the varying degrees of spice you can get. I had the red curry and got it spicy, and it was great. The only problem is the nice waiter (daughter of the cook?) wouldn't stop talking to me and I was trying to get some studying done. Oh well, great food. —JohnHumperdinkle


2006-12-30 19:44:43   before going to this place i have tried every other thai place in davis and visited my favorite two (2k and Nakorn) quite frequently. But i now must say that i have a new favorite. I think their pad thai is better than all the places in davis because it is not nearly as sweet, and adds a nice tartness. Their eggplant tofu in basil sauce was excellent. I like how they ask you if you want fried or fresh tofu. The eggplant was not too greasy like it is in almost every restuarant in and out of davis. Overall the flavors are a little more subtle and complex here as compared to the other thai places. Someone who is used to generic sweet sauces may call it bland, but to a more sophisticated pallate the flavors are excellent, it warants the extra dollar or so you may spend per person. The thai tea ice cream with toasted coconut shavings is perhaps the best ice cream in davis as well. —MattHh


2007-01-06 23:03:18   To sum up my recent Friday night experience, the food was tasty, but not worth the extremely long time it took to get to us (I was in a party of 4). Service was okay. We ordered an appetizer, which they told us they were out of 1/2 an hour after we'd ordered it....yet suggested we get a combo that included the appetizer we ordered that they were supposedly out of. Also, for some reason they sent an 11-year-old kid to tell us about the appetizer issue. Still slightly confused about that one. Very odd. Wouldn't go there again on a busy night — they seem ill-equipped for a busy Friday night. However, I may try it again during lunch or on a less busy weeknight. I've heard 2K Thai is the best, though.—EmilyBlake


2007-01-15 13:12:33   I worked there for about all of a week. I won't go into that. But I will definitely vouch that he does collect tips, divy them out as he sees fit among servers + other employees and you get what you get. Servers are told to deposit cash tips into a little container upon receiving, and he adds this to his tallie of the credit card tips. —NatalieKitchiner


2007-03-22 11:43:55   this is my favorite place to go. so many good veggie options. also they don't bat an eye when you ask for non-dairy iced teas. they do tend to be less than professional in dealing with customers, but if you want a laidback attitude it's a nice place to go. —AnsateJones


2007-05-09 17:00:41   I've been a repeat costumer at this restaurant for 6 years! I worked here as a waitress during my freshman year and the owner's husband is a total jackass. But the wife and her sister (the two cooks) are super sweet and the food is absolutely great — which explains why I'm a repeat costumer! —AggieAlum


2007-10-05 15:24:12   Tried the vegetarian pad thai at the farmers' market, and honestly, it was just wonderful. I don't understand the previous poster complaining about portion sizes; mine was fair for the price. —Casey


2007-11-08 22:55:28   this place is really great now that i compare it to sophia's and thai 2k...their tom yum ghay? soup...the hot and sour one...very delicious!!! and the pad kee mao? very good also...the curry delicious...and the people are really nice...when they had a party of 16..i think the restaurant was only reserved for that party..the owner saw me and my hungry friend lol it was around 9..and he was like ok come in..so yea very nice people..and you can sit on the floor!! :) but yea this place is YUMMMMY! —MAIRA


2007-12-18 22:51:06   I absolutely love the food here. This would be the place to go for real, authentic Thai food (especially for the spice). However, it seems that the prices keep going up and each time I go in, it gets more and more expensive. I find myself going less and less b/c of the pricey menu. —AggieAlum


2008-01-30 16:35:06   This is my favorite Thai restaurant in Davis. I love there naan (Sp?) and the basil fried rice with fried tofu is amazing! —Miranda


2008-02-09 18:14:52   It was pretty good — service was very nice. We never came back, so I guess it wasn't anything spectacular. —StellaChiara


2008-02-10 16:39:02   this place is awesome for thai food. everyone loves sophia's but its not as great as everyone says it is. the service here is great, their food is amazing. tom yum gai (red) is delicious, i recommend that to soup lovers. their noodles are all delicious. my friend and i have returned to this place numerous times in the past 4 months. love it! —jentruong


2008-04-12 22:25:50   The food here is good, but I have to say how surprised I was at the portions we got for the price we paid. Not only did the to-go food come in half-size take out containers, but the half-size container was barely even half filled. I'm not one to usually complain about small portions, and usually prefer them, but this particular case was kind of ridiculous especially for a college student on a budget. Edit: I came back here a few months later and ate in. The portion seemed a little better, or maybe the plate was just small, but regardless I was still impressed by the food quality, more so than I had remembered (for Davis, that is). I will be going back soon to try more dishes. —SRB


2008-04-13 13:04:49   They have a good drunken noodles, but I don't like the small portions. I'm a hungry girl and size does matter (nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. . .). Every time I suggest this to my buddy, he refuses because he says every time we eat there, he walks out hungry. —CurlyGirl26


2008-06-27 15:05:37   I couldn't cut the chicken with my fork... most disappointing thai place to eat in davis. I've tried them all and recommend Thai 2 K. —aberrier


2008-07-09 12:09:20   When I went, the service was *very* slow. It seemed like they might be understaffed. The main dish that I ordered was ok, but not really very good. On the other hand, the mango with sticky rice was probably the best that I've ever had. YUM. —IDoNotExist


2008-08-08 12:37:39   Be forewarned they have evidently changed their payment policy. I just went to pick up my almost $10 lunch and when I presented my debit card, the girl told me there was a $15 minimum. I asked, even for debit cards? Yes. So, unfortunately I did not get my yummy lunch I was looking forward to and now have had my first unpleasant experience there. —CindiDrake


2008-09-21 18:54:34   My On-&-Off 8 years experience at Thai Recipes


2008-12-11 08:14:09   I've given this place many, many chances. Only twice have they ever served me what I actually ordered. On top of rarely getting the correct dish, I always have to deal with some payment issues (I recommend taking cash so as to avoid the problem of having your card charged the wrong price, twice). The owners/servers are incredibly sweet, and the restaurant generally has a welcoming and relaxing ambiance, but I think I'll be frequenting a different Thai place from here on. —sanchez


2009-01-14 00:23:35   This is a cute, clean restaurant with friendly waitresses. All their food is generally good and well priced. This is a great place to try pad thai if you've never had it before. Excellent vegetarian options! —AmanpreetSingh


2009-02-02 13:57:30   My favorite Thai place in Davis. It's clean and the waitresses have always been friendly in my experience. You can specify if you want something mild or very spicy. —AmanpreetSingh


2009-03-08 19:18:15   My friends have encouraged me to try this place, as it is their favorite thai restaurant in Davis. I have given it two opportunities to impress me, and it ended up falling quite short. In fact, on both occassions, I was so disappointed with the SERVICE, that we ended up leaving before even eating. The last time, my party stood at the door waiting to be greeted for 10 minutes. No one even bothered to say that they would be right with us. The other time, we requested a different table and the hostess couldn't be bothered. The food might be great as everyone seems to think (I wouldn't know since I've never had the opportunity of eating there), but I think making a good impression on the customer with service is just as important. —efloughran


2009-04-01 14:43:56   The food here was phenomenal. I think the portions are a little small — I usually have to take leftover dinner home, but I managed to clear my plate here. But as mentioned above, the service is a little lacking. It wasnt't BAD service, it was just that the waitress was visibly overwhelmed with being the only waitress in a restaurant full of people. A teenage kid was there and tried helping her with collecting payment, however he charged my credit card for double the amount... but was quick to remedy it. We'll probably go back, but during a less busy time. Give this place a chance if you aren't in a hurry... and pay with cash. —MichellePalmer


2009-07-05 21:26:31   Is it me, or it "Thai spicy" not as hot as it used to be? A couple years ago, ordering your dish Thai spicy would yield some decently hot results. The last two times I've been there and ordered my food that way it has been served with a barely noticeable level of heat. —MarioMeneses


2009-09-07 11:20:03   Certainly the best Thai food available in Davis. But bear in mind, it is neither a romantic place for a date, nor is it much of a "hang out". If you are after the food though, this is the place to go. Their soups, curries, and seafood are all top notch. —pilotgeek


2009-12-31 15:33:27   This place is by far THE BEST Thai food in all of Yolo County. These humble, talented sisters know HOW to put Thai food together! Decor is clean, basic, not fancy, but pleasant. The Thai ice tea is great—especially with spicy things..Try the Masamman Nuer (a red curry dish with peanuts, potatoes and beef with an awesome sauce). Also the Shrimp/cashew/onion and carrot dish(Param something) is excellent mixed with the previous one I mentioned on top of rice. It's THE BEST!! Been there 20-30 times. None of the other Thai places have that delicious flavor (no MSG). —margwick


2010-07-06 00:57:51   Thai Recipes is the best Thai restaurant in town for me. Great food! There is only one waitress at a time, but she is friendly. —susiekim


2010-10-30 16:07:20   This is my favorite Thai restaurant in Davis. The prices are exactly what you would expect from a Thai restaurant but I feel like they give you more variety in their dishes than other Thai places. When you order a veggie curry, you don't just get two pieces of broccoli and a bay leaf, you actually get a good amount of good veggies. Their soups are also very good. —elgreen


2011-3-11 12:37:52   Not a huge fan of this place... the music, when I went, was kind of loud, and sounded like it belonged in a doll house. I didn't like the curry at all. They have these curry dumpling puff things, those were really good. Some of my friends dishes tasted alright (I didn't order the dishes so I don't remember what they are). Maybe some of the food is good, but if you really want curry, I'd recommend Thai Nakorn instead. —AndrewJacobs


2011-05-16 03:15:08   This is place is really nice. I can guarantee you that all the food is cooked fresh to order, with good quality ingredients. The owner is really nice too and will make conversation. If you come back a lot, she'll recognize you and give you free stuff sometimes. It's a bit understaffed at times, so her sons help her out. Their Pad Thai is amazing. It's a bit pricey, but it's a nice dinner. —liliumbell


2011-10-29 21:14:24   Good food, but small portions for the price. My companion was not happy that they charged him for rice, and says he will not be returning. Jury's still out for me. —acparsons


2011-11-04 23:24:42   I haven't been to Thai Recipes since about 2001, but we got the delivery tonight. The delivery estimate was a bit off. The person on the phone said it would be within about 30 minutes and it ended up taking roughly 50. Not atypical for pizza places, but I've been spoiled by ordering delivery from Namaste Nepal lately, where they're typically 10 minutes under the estimate and if they aren't going to be under it, they call to give you a heads up. We ordered the Basil Talay (mixed seafood), Gaeng Panang with beef, Pad Khee Mao, and Basil Eggplant with chicken, along with two orders of brown rice. The food overall was good. Not amazing, but definitely good. For seafood, I still find Sophia's a bit better, although the scallops in the Talay were excellent. For curries and pad kee mao you honestly can't beat Thai Canteen. Sophia's spicy eggplant stir-fry is a long-time favorite, but I also really enjoyed the eggplant stir-fry here. But seeing as KetMo is the only other option in town to deliver, I really enjoyed Thai Recipes. Prices are about midrange for Thai food in town—less than KetMo, more than Canteen, and in the same vicinity as most of the others. —TomGarberson


2011-11-13 21:21:33   Thai Recipe is certainly NOT a good place to go for GOOD Thai food. The dishes were not unique, not very Thai flavorful, lacked in quantity (portions were way smaller than even Thai Canteen), and the service was AWEFUL. We waited 15 minutes before the waiter even brought us any water (which I had to ask for twice) and to even take our drink or appetizer order. I think he just totally forgot about us, and it wasn't even a busy night. Also, he brought out every dish separately, which is fine for appetizers, but with the main entrees, it is nice to eat together with your company while the food is hot, instead of waiting another 10 minutes for his to come out. Also, he even messed up on our order some and brought us someone else's order. They are way overpriced for the portion size. Ket Mo Rae is way better and worth the extra few bucks because the quality of food is much much better, and the portions are like twice the size of Thai Recipe. Oh, and their special Jungle Curry is nothing like a traditional Jungle Curry that I've had before, and they didn't put any coconut milk it it, it was more like a soup. I would highly advise anyone to NOT go here and save your money for a much better place with better service and quality of food. The only thing worth getting here if you have to go here is their fresh Spring Rolls (which I do give you a lot of) and the coconut palm juice (but you could probably buy it for way cheaper in an asian mart). —katalina


2011-12-02 21:37:43   fresh rolls are TASTY!!! Also I like the thai green curry. was surprised to see poor reviews. for a small town delivery especially, the food is fresh, good, and reasonably on time. —JessS


2012-10-08 15:21:47   2nd Friday Art Show, Vaitiare & Rubio Exposition

Rubio's & Vaitiare art will be exhibited the month of October at Thai Recipes.
Reception 6:00 - 7:30PM

Music
Acoustic Nati de Chile and Federico de Italy
Senegalese Kora and Djembe
Samba da Terra Dancers
Lounge Music by DJ Ciel

VAITIARE
From the island of Tahiti French Polynesia, surrounded by tropical beauty, Vaitiare aka Sissi acquired a love for art and meditation at an early age. Colorful lagoons, wave crashing, dynamic skies, and all of the wonders that her tropical home offers, provide an endless source of energy and inspiration for her work.
Using unique colors and light of her island home, Vaitiare strives to capture on canvas the sacred magic of life through colors. A mostly self taught artist, Vaitiare works with acrylic in an unrealistic, indigenous and impressionist strokes, and photography.
When not painting, Vaitiare teaches Polynesian inspired yoga in Davis www.polynesiayoga.com
Visit her portfolio at [WWW]http://reussir.wix.com/vaitiare

ALEJANDRO RUBIO
Born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, Alejandro Rubio is a representational painter with roots in the Uruguayan tradition of Constructivism created by Joaquin Torres Garcia in the first half of the twentieth century. Without a vague understanding of the representational practice of the last seventy years or so in Uruguay one might be too quick to miscategorize the work of Alejandro Rubio. At first glance Rubio’s work could be dismissed as whimsical. While there is a playful quality to the work, Rubio’s manipulations of scale and perspective create narratives within narratives depicting locations that seem oddly familiar and strange at the same time.
Rubio’s handling of the paint, loose brush and bold palette conjure locales that straddle the border beween his current home in California nd the place of his birth and development. This distinct sensibility makes for an enjoyable visual journey indeed.
Visit his portfolio at [WWW]http://www.alejandrorubio.com/Vaitiare


2013-02-28 22:17:19   I was there with a large group for lunch and the staff was amazing. One hard to feed lady rejecwher food because she thought there was beef in a vegan meal. The cook came out to show her the Thai herb and explain why and how it was used. She was an awesome caring cook. I hope she and the waiter got a good enough tip for dealing so well with a hard crowd. My meal Basil fried rich was awesome too. I eat Thai a lot so it's hard to pick a favorite place but with the nice staff and one great dish. I Will make me try it again very soon. —chelaedwards


2013-07-26 09:25:27   My partner and I have tried 4 or 5 Thai restaurants around Davis that left us wanting. Thai Recipes was the first where we no longer felt the imperative to keep looking. We order out here every month or two and, while it isn't the best Thai food I've ever had, it's good - certainly the best I've had in Davis. We almost always order the Satay Gai appetizer (chicken skewers with delicious peanut sauce). My partner (who never had Thai food other than Pad Thai before moving to Davis) likes the Pad Thai and Praram, but has recently taken over my go-to order of Pad Khee Mao - he likes level 3. I've recently been ordering the Gaeng Pa (Jungle Curry) level 4 quite a bit. We've experienced some inconsistency in the spiciness levels - mostly that they can be a little conservative. It might just be coincidence, but when I call in an order for pick up, it seems spicier than when I eat in. —rhamm

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