Talay Thai

There’s a new Thai in town—and it’s terrific! Longtime desert restaurateurs Ally, husband Charlie (who spends his time in the kitchen), and Charlie’s sister Tuk unveiled their Highway 111 eatery last New Year’s Eve, and have been doing bang-up business ever since. The restaurant is open for its regular menu from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and from 5 to 9 p.m., every day. Saturday and Sunday, traditional dim sum is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

On your next visit, start with a Thai Singha, or another of the 20 beers on draft and in bottles. Or go for a signature cocktail such as the Cinnamon Thai Crunch or Bangkok Lover. The best appetizer hands-down is the soft shell crab with a trio of sauces. And that steaming, sizzling main dish trailing its intoxicating scent across the dining room? It’s called Crying Tiger (char-grilled marinated steak served atop of cabbage). The Red Curry is truly one of the best I’ve had outside of Thailand, and the Drunken Noodles are not to be missed. To finish things off sweetly, try the Fried Bananas, or one of a variety of ice creams (coconut, green tea, purple yam). Oh, and let me warn you. This place is crazy busy, even on week nights. So go early or call ahead. www.talaythairanchomirage.com