In a town with plenty of good Thai food, it takes a lot to rise to the top. But owner Pim Techamuanvivit has won Michelin-star status by combining a modern, handsome dining room, the traditional foods of her homeland, and the use of seasonal produce and sustainable seafood and meat. The concise menu always includes the fan favorite, “pretty hot” wings and “chicken fat rice” with ginger-poached chicken, but pretty much everything is worth trying here (a good thing, because portions aren’t as generous as at most Thai dining rooms). Another step up from traditional Thai—there’s a full cocktail menu. Just be warned: Fancier Thai food and prime downtown positioning result in surprisingly upscale prices.
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55 Cyril Magnin St (at corner of Mason and Ellis sts)
Our Rating Neighborhood Union Square/Tenderloin Hours Sun–Thurs 11:30am–2pm and 5:30–10pm; Fri–Sat 11:30am–2pm and 5:30–11pm. Transportation Cable car: Powell–Mason or Powell–Hyde line. BART: Powell St. Phone 415/362-7456 Cuisine Type Thai Web site Kin Khao