The Aramthip family open its first traditional Thai restaurant in 1999. Named Tamarind House, the restaurants served up tasty, homemade Thai dishes that proved to be a hit with diners — and was even lucky enough to serve famed chef Julia Child! As Tamarind House continued to grow, it became pretty clear that another location was necessary. So, the Aramthip family headed to Brookline and opened the equally successful Khao Sarn in January 2002.
The Khao Sarn name was actually inspired by two unique aspects of Thai life and culture. First, it shares a title with one of the country’s most (in)famous roads, known to almost anyone who has ever lived or traveled in Bangkok. The road is a meeting place for backpackers and tourists, but is also an important street for many native Thai people. On Khao Sarn Road you can stuff yourself with street food, go book shopping, listen to live music or even hop a bus to tour the country.
The word also has an important culinary connection. In Thai, it means “uncooked rice” or rice that is still in its grain state. It might sound simple, but for us it carries an important philosophy. When we think of Khao Sarn, we think of all that goes into producing the rice we serve: effort, hard work and diligence. As natives of Phetchaboon in northern Thailand, we had tamarind and mango orchards, and understand the hard work of being farmers. It’s also why we focus on northern Thai cuisine! So, please stop in and enjoy the flavors of our homeland. We might even give you another little lesson in Thai language and culture!
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