Marnee Thai 2225 Irving St./23rd Ave., Sunset District, (415) 665-9500; L-D W-M; $. Reservations advised. Exceptional and authentic Thai cuisine is served in a tiny room completely covered with attractive, sound-absorbing woven fibers. Especially good are the mild yellow curry dishes prepared with potatoes in a complex mixture of spices softened with coconut milk, and the stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts (tossed on after the dish is cooked, allowing them to retain their crunchiness). A side order of delicious peanut sauce and a palate-refreshing cucumber salad are recommended. Allow time before or after for shopping the produce markets and mostly Asian businesses scattered along this bustling street.
A branch is nearby at 1243 9th Ave.