A Hidden Thai Oasis in the Square
By Jaylin Johnson, Correspondent
For those who love calm atmospheres, spicy food, and sizable portions, keep an eye out for Tara Fine Thai Cuisine. Tara has a calming atmosphere featuring a Buddha statue behind a koi pond right by the front doors. The restaurant plays calming instrumental music similar to what you might hear in a spa. There is no need to dress too formally when eating at this spot, but you can wear more formal clothes without sticking out.
The menu offers a variety of options so that everyone can find something they will enjoy. Every dish has a spiciness scale of one to five, and customers get to pick what spice level they want. The Tom Ka soup for example, is a dairy free soup with chicken, mushrooms, cilantro, and myriad of other delicious ingredients that has a subtle and savory flavor that works well with any spice level. There are many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian options on the menu for anyone who may have dietary restrictions but still want to enjoy a dinner out.
Tara also has some fantastic selections for those who may prefer sweet over spicy. The star of Tara’s drink menu has to be their Thai tea, being a sweet, rich tea with condensed milk poured over the top for you to mix in. A must-have dessert is the mango sticky rice, with sticky rice covered in coconut milk and topped with a mango flower and black sesame seeds to finish it off. It is a lightly sweet finish to a flavorful dining experience.
This unique restaurant is located at 115 S Cortez St right on the square and is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. An entrée is around $14 on average, but the portions would last about 2-4 servings depending on how big your appetite is. This restaurant has a great atmosphere, delicious food, and is not too expensive. Tarais a must-try for those who want to find a new dinner spot.