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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Thai

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BANANA BLOSSOM THAI CAFE 2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 392-7530; www.eatbananablossom.com Tom yum soup has mushrooms, onions and cilantro mingling in lemongrass-lime broth. Clams are served with spicy coconut-basil sauce and grilled bread. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

BASIL LEAF 1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001; www.basilleafthai.com The mussaman curry combines chicken, potatoes, pineapple and peanuts and is served with jasmine rice. The whole fresh young coconut curry features sea scallops and Louisiana shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CAFE EQUATOR 2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-4772; www.cafeequator.com Lava beef or pork features sauteed slices of meat in Thai sauce. Ginger tori features sauteed chicken, mushrooms and vegetables in ginger sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

LA THAI UPTOWN 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886; www.lathaiuptown.com Louisiana seafood Chauvin is pecan-crusted redfish and grilled shrimp with crawfish, red curry and wasabi mashed potatoes topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. Steamed mussels are presented in spicy green basil curry with pommes frites. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$

SINGHA THAI CAFE 413 Carondelet St., 581-2205 Downtown workers in search of Thai food can head to Singha for staple dishes like pad thai, a spicy mix of pan-fried noodles, chicken, shrimp, eggs and onions. Ginger fish is a tilapia fillet served with steamed vegetables and ginger sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

SUKHOTHAI 1913 Royal St., 948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., 373-6471; www.sukhothai-nola.com Crispy duck is served in basil sauce with stir-fried vegetables and rice. Snapper is steamed with lemongrass and served in lime-chili-garlic sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

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