A really good Thai Restaurant in Hollywood.
It may be hard to believe, there is Chandara and Chan Darae. They’re both good Thai Restaurants. They both have locations scattered throughout Los Angeles. One is a chain who’s waitresses (apparently) use to pose in their own line of Calendars, and the other one…didn’t.
This is about Chan Darae, the one that didn’t do the Calendars. At least I think.
Breaking it down, Chan Darae still has got good solid Thai cooking. It’s not too far from the Arclight. It has a small bar, just good enough to hang out and wait for your table. There’s a TV showing whatever game’s important. In all other respects, Chan Dara is a good turn and burn operation. They get you in, get you fed…and then don’t worry so much about when you leave. It’s one of the better restaurants to have a conversation in.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Whenever I go, two things get served. One, is Sautéed Spinach with chunks of Tofu fried up in the pan with it. And two, Rad Na, thick wide noodles in a savory sweet sauce, and mixed in with the meat of your choice (Chicken, Beef or Pork). I also love the Thai BBQ Beef.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Once again, Chan Darae is not the same as Chandara. If you go here expecting a Thai version of Hooters you’re going to be…well, mostly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the Waitresses at Chan Darae are gorgeous, but the food is still the main selling point.
That Spinach with the Tofu thing I mentioned? Bit of a special order. Now, it’s not like you have to know the Chef or anything. Just make sure when you order the Spinach, just ask for some Tofu to be thrown in there. And if the Waitress uses the words “fried”, say yes!
PARKING: Depends on where you go. At the Hollywood location, you’re probably parking over at the Arclight complex. (This goes along with the idea that maybe you’ve got some time before the movie and want to do a little better than the Arclight’s in-house Restaurant – which isn’t bad). You can try the Parking Structure near Off-Vine and Go Burger, but that might get expensive. There is street parking around the Arclight, but its dicey when it comes to availability. And you can of course try Street Parking up and down Sunset, North Cahuenga and Vine.
1511 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: (323) 464-8585
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm