The chalkboard with nightly specials at BOA Thai in Southampton.
Thanks to our recent home purchase, we are now official residents of the Hamptons, something that makes us eligible for beach parking (yay!) and — less exciting — a self-hauler permit at the local trash facility.
My new residency also means I must get up to speed on the ages-old question: “Where’s the best place to eat Thai?”… a question I was asked time and time again in the city. Truth be told, I wind up cooking Thai at home a LOT — in part because I never find great options for dining out. Sure, there’s always a lot of take-out places with delicious food, but do they have enough ambiance for a special occasion? Are they trendy? Usually not, and I’m not sure why. We certainly have enough charming French bistros and cute Italian trattorias…why not more cool Thai eateries?
I’m still looking in the Hamptons for the ultimate Thai experience — and it’s hard to come by. As far as I can tell, there’s a significant lack of options. I suppose the Hamptons isn’t the most diverse place in the world…but with the cosmopolitan crowd that comes here, you’d think someone would demand more fine Asian cuisine options. Someone who wields more power than me, at least.
We did recently find a pretty nice option in Southampton called BOA Thai, which we checked out after a Friday night of PechaKucha at the nearby Parrish Art Musem. The nightly special on the chalkboard, a crispy Roasted Duck Curry, called my name. Long ago, I tried making this very same dish, which is actually a fusion dish (the crispy duck is Chinese, the curry is Thai)…it was difficult to make but divine. We ordered a dish, along with larb, the traditional Thai minced meat salad. A photo of both is below…
We definitely enjoyed the meal, and the Thai wait staff couldn’t have been nicer. For a summer Friday evening, the place wasn’t super crowded…which is refreshing. As a recent Trip Advisor reviewer said, BOA Thai is not the chicest restaurant in the Hamptons, but it IS good. That about captures it. We’ll be back.
Below, the menu covers at BOA Thai.