TenderNob, Mission, FiDi, Embarcadero, SoMa, Cow Hollow, Glen Park
San Franciscans tend to be weary (okay, more than weary) of chains, but Osha Thai isn’t really that type of chain -- think of it as the Thai Tacolicious. Osha started in humble surroundings (check out the super-retro chop suey-era sign at the TenderNob original), then sprouted to seven locations all with downright identical-looking West Hollywood-hip sushi bar/nightclub atmospheres.
There are Chinese duck rolls, bacon-wrapped scallops, and the Osha tartare with mango and avocado, and all of them seem more Wolfgang Puck, early-'90s fusion than Bangkok staples. But the food intends to be both traditional and modern Thai. Most vital is that it is always consistent and meals rock when you start with the silver noodle salad and share some papaya salad with kim chee (som tum muah) and equally spicy laht nah, where crispy noodles weave together shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, and bamboo shoots. Oh yeah, $5 mojitos on Wednesdays. Cuba and Thailand are pretty near each other, right?