Address: 3839 Spring Mountain Rd.
Status: Opens Saturday at 5 p.m.
Chada Thai & Wine are ready to debut their much-anticipated expansion in Chinatown, combining inspiration from Thai street vendors with the award-winning Chada touch.
Chada Street fills 3,200 square feet and features a menu from Aime Wanmaneesiri, formerly the chef at Chada Thai, while Bank Atcharawan leads the wine program. The space has room for 80 seats in the dining room, 15 in a private dining room, 15 seats at the bar and 25 on tufted sofas that greet guests at the front door.
The street influence receives a design tribute from a large photograph mural behind the bar showing Thai vendors roasting meat.
Already previewed prior to an official opening are dishes like tua samun prai, an opening salvo of peanuts, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf, satay kai, chicken skewers and peanut sauce, a vegetable and meat loaf spring roll, crab fried rice, fried pork belly and ho mok, their steamed fish curry presented in a banana leaf. For dessert, preview guests have been served a shaved ice, coconut jelly, red bean, palm seed and black jelly dish.
The evolving menu will rotate through as many as fifty different items and a large selection will be deliberately priced at less than $10. Equally affordable, a wine list with 50 selections under $50. The early plan is to serve 400 different wines, 10 draft beers and 20-plus bottles. Atcharawan earned accolades from Food & Wine in 2013 for serving some of the best small American wines.
Chada Street aims to be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner and late night from 5:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.