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This spacious restaurant with a view of the Orinda Country Club golf course has a big-sister location in Albany, a town full of discriminating palates, and the Orinda Baan hits more notes than it misses. Basics such as Thai iced tea and steamed brown rice are perfectly executed, and we enjoyed a dish that was somewhere between a salad and an entrée: dead-ripe avocado with grilled prawns, crisp carrot, and broccoli, Mandarin orange wedges, and peanut sauce. Crispy basil chicken was loaded with tiny bone-in chicken wings and crisp vegetables but lacked punch, and steer clear of the soggy, muddy-tasting green papaya salad. Colorful silk scarves decorate the dining room and are also for sale, along with teapots, purses, and other Thai treasures. Lunch and dinner daily.
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