Unless you're heading to LAX, this culinary retreat may seem out of the way, but in reality, family-friendly Ayara lures diners from far and wide. The space inside is simple, yet no one seems to mind—expect crowds during peak times. This kitchen is best known for its Thai recipes that have been passed down and transformed with local ingredients. The menu is packed with everything from tried-and-true pleasures to more inventive items, like the spicy beef salad featuring grilled tri-tip over cabbage slaw dressed with lime and fish sauce. Rich curries, especially the khao soi with coconut, free-range chicken, noodles and eye-watering heat, are also a great bet.
Come for lunch, offered until 4:00 P.M.,and enjoy a starter, entrée and drink for a pretty price.
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