Baan Thai Restaurant
Seaside, CA



About Us


Co-owner June

Chef Tom

Our restaurant is a family-owned and operated establishment. Baan Thai means 'Thai House', a sign to our customers to expect authentic Thai cuisine and hospitality. We treat our guests like family, and we want our customers to feel cozy and at home. We prepare each entree with fresh ingredients to ensure the highest quality.

"Baan Thai opened in Seaside in February 1997, run by the capable and talented Bangkok native, Tasani Anderson. Her son, Surut (Tom) Somboonsam, and his wife June took over the following year. The couple's first year or two on their own turned out to be a learning curve, but the restaurant has now hit its stride. Put quite simply, this is one of the best Thai restaurants in the area, with creative dishes, a deft hand in the kitchen, and extraordinarily reasonable prices. Anybody who enjoys Thai food will certainly want to give this place a try. Chef Tom balances flavors well, creating complex yet subtle marriages with fresh and high-quality ingredients." Martin Meursault, Monterey Herald: January 2, 2003.

About Thai Cuisine

Thailand is a diverse and complex country in Asia, geographically it lies between India and China, and so it is hardly surprising that the cultures of its neighbors have influenced the development of its food. The cooking is a source of pride and wonder, always striving for a balance of flavor, texture, and color. Thai food incorporates a wide variety of fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices. Authentic Thai food is not always hot, the emphasis is on flavor.

Apart from providing great flavor, it has been suggested that many of the herbs used in Thai food have health benefits. Lemongrass, an important ingredient in thai soups may have properties which are helpful against inflammation and arthritis. Thai chilies benefit your respiratory system, blood pressure and heart. Coconut milk has somehow been given a bad reputation when, infact, it is extremely healthy. Coconut milk and oil both contain fat- but it is good, not bad fat. Contrary to what we have heard in the past, coconut milk lowers bad cholesterol and boosts immunities.


Several Thai dishes, such as Tom Yum Soup, are currently under scientific study for their incredible health benefits (see Thai Soup Under Study). Of course, it's already known that many of the fresh herbs and spices used in Thai cooking - such as turmeric, galangal, coriander, lemongrass, and fresh chillies - have immune-boosting and disease-fighting power.


For years, zesty Tom Yum Gung soup has been a mainstay of Thai cooking. And now researchers are thinking it just might have cancer-fighting ingredients as well as good taste.

"Tom Yum Gung is Thailand's most favorite soup," according to Chef Rolf Schmitz of the Regent Hotel's Spice Market restaurant. "It's a shrimp soup with herbal ingredients like coriander, lemon grass, lime leaves and even galangal roots."

Also called hot-and-sour soup, the dish often includes straw mushrooms and a variety of chilies.

A recent joint study by Thailand's Kasetsart University and Japan's Kyoto and Kinki Universities has found that the ingredients in Tom Yum Gung soup are 100 times more effective in inhibiting cancerous tumor growth than other foods.