Best Thai Restaurant - 2010 Westword

At noon on a Friday afternoon, Dancing Noodle Thai Cuisine, a tiny storefront restaurant in an unassuming strip mall, is anything but dancing. It deserves to be packed, though, because the Thai dishes turned out here shimmy, spin and sway with penetrating, provocative flavors that don't just dance, but sing, too -- loud and proud. The coconut-laced curries, heroically anti-pedestrian, are redolent with the stink of garlic, ginger and heat; even the overexposed pad Thai is shockingly good. And the couple who runs this surprisingly great joint is sweeter than Thai tea.

 

 

Cafe Society - Laura Shunk

arlier this week, we found ourselves with a strong craving for Thai green curry -- and nowhere in our immediate vicinity to feed the beast.

Rather than settling for a sickeningly sweet but otherwise boring version that's considered passable on many Thai menus, we jumped in our cars and headed out to Parker for a tiny strip mall restaurant, the Dancing Noodle, 10841 South Crossroads Drive.

The green curry here is thick and creamy with just a hint of sweetness, deriving rich flavor from onions and garlic and made as fiery as you can handle with red chilies. We ordered the top heat level, and though we're sure the couple who owns the place could have been easily persuaded to fuel the fire until we wanted to rip our tongues out, we were pleased to find that level five on the heat scale gave us intense piquancy without overpowering every other element of the dish.

Loaded up with zucchini, Thai eggplant, broccoli and firm cubes of tofu (chicken, beef, shrimp and squid are available, too) and served over rice, the hearty dish was exactly what we wanted -- and well worth the jaunt.

 

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