South Lamar Thai restaurant Krua Urban Thai is now open. Owner and chef Sam Sampaotong took over the small original location of Bryce Gilmore’s Barley Swine for his new restaurant.
“Authentic Thai” is Krua’s purpose, according to Sampaotong. He, along with sous chef Mark Walter, concocted a menu full of dishes like stir fry crab, curries, noodles, and soup. Dessert takes a different spin on a classic Thai sweet, using black sticky rice paired with mangos.
Brunch, which will added to the lineup later, include eggs with pork, Thai congee, crab omelettes, and fried chicken. Lunch spans the usuals, from pad Thai to curries, with daily specials.
Sampaotong also runs Thai trailer Aroi Thai Cuisine, which is parked out on Highway 290. For now, Krua is open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. daily.
Gilmore opened Barley Swine on South Lamar after Odd Duck's original food trailer in 2010. He moved the restaurant up to Burnet Road, into a much bigger space in Brentwood in 2016.
- Krua Urban Thai [Official]
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- Old Barley Swine Is Being Replaced With a Thai Restaurant [EATX]