If you haven’t been to Thailand, you’ve surely seen the country’s amazing street food on TV. Think Anthony Bourdain walking through the streets of Bangkok, giant tilapia crisping on a hot grill as he devours chunks of meat skewered on wooden sticks. Every dish looks so mouthwatering, you can almost smell it through your screen.
Inspired by those very street vendors and markets in Thailand, the owners of Chada Thai & Wine ushered in a new take on Thai cuisine with a savory spinoff last year. Following in the tradition of its predecessor, Chada Street boasts a strong wine program and a sexy, dark interior with classic touches of marble and wood, plus an unforgettable menu packed with authentic flavors. From its grilled prawns and crispy roasted duck to its fried pork belly with nam prik noom, it became an instant addition to our ever-growing list of Chinatown favorites. A mile from the Strip and a few doors down from Vegas’ newest Polynesian-themed bar, Golden Tiki, Chada Street is an ideal spot for impressing friends or family before a big night out.
Start with a half dozen fresh oysters—sweet, briny mollusks topped with chili paste and fried shallots—before moving to Chada Street’s other succulent dishes, like pad ped pla duk (crispy catfish with chilli paste and green beans) or kao pad mun pu, a heaping mound of fried rice cooked with buttery crab fat. No matter what you order, it’s sure to be a memorable experience. Chada Street, 3839 Spring Mountain Road, 702-579-0207, Tuesday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-3 a.m.