Thai Osha, Pleasant Hill CA
Not only do we have a population of varied backgrounds where we live, but also the population is big enough that there’s room for multiple restaurants of the same cuisine. After doing a Thai restaurant a while back, we went to another tonight that is also in Pleasant Hill, based on a recommendation. Thai Osha has a broad menu and warm interior, so we enjoyed our dinner very much.
Off the appetizer section we ordered Thai samosas: sauteed potato, Thai curry and onions, wrapped in wonton skin and deep fried, served with cucumber salad and peanut sauce. Zach liked the thin crispy exterior as they were fried really well with no greasy residue. The potato texture inside was fluffy and light, and the curry flavor was pleasantly mild. The peanut sauce was completely blended so we both got to enjoy it, since Zach can’t eat unprocessed nuts; it was silky smooth and rich in flavors supporting the peanuts, with a mildly sweet aftertaste.
Volcanic Beef is flank steak with fried basil leaves, black peppers, and red bell pepper in a “medium lava sauce.” The meat was well cut and lean, perfectly seared, tender, and flavorful. The sauce was savory with a hint of sweet and tanginess, so we were thankful for the side of white rice to sop up all of it (not pictured). It has one little chili pepper next to its name on the menu, indicating “medium” spiciness (on a scale of three, from zero to two chilies), but it wasn’t too spicy that August couldn’t handle it. Have no fear of one chili here if you usually prefer milder spiciness.
The ubiquitous Thai plate, the one that everyone knows, is always a safe bet. The noodles are loaded with chicken, prawns, egg, tofu, onions, bean sprouts, and ground peanuts (requested to be on the side in our case). A small detail we noticed was how much of the shell was peeled off the shrimp, making all the meat accessible with no work on our part to get at all of it. If you like a sweeter pad thai, this one’s for you.
Going to Thai Osha tonight proved that you have to eat at multiple establishments offering the same cuisine before finding a true favorite. Even if you still end up liking one of the first ones you went to, exploring others is never a bore.