Manora: good, reasonably priced Thai restaurant in SOMA (San Francisco)

Spicy thai food

I will be adding Manora to my list of favorite Thai restaurants in San Francisco (Basil Thai, Grand PuBah). The menu is smaller than at other Thai places with fewer curry dishes which leads me to believe that the owners are from Northern Thailand. The sour seafood soup (tom yum) is very spicy and savoury. The green papaya salad is the the best I’ve tried in the city — it’s fresh, packed with flavor, quite complex. The seafood brochettes are delicious, as are the stir fried dishes in spicy garlic sauce. The decor is traditional Thai, with lots of orchids, bamboo, and wooden touches (unlike the modern, trendy Grand PuBah). Prices are reasonable and there is no noisy bar scene (as in Osha Thai). It’s a quite relaxed restaurant that just serves good food. Located on Folsom at 12th street, there is a lot of street parking.

Manora’s Thai Cuisine
1600 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-3723
+1 415 861-6224

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