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Saladang Song

363 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105


  • Daily 11am-10pm
  • $
  • Family Style, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
For a long time, Saladang was Pasadena's most beautiful Thai restaurant, with its stark, chic, aluminum-gray good looks and refreshing, inventive Thai cuisine. Saladang became so popular, in fact, the owners built an annex one door down. The new Saladang Song trumps its parent for sheer beauty; its architecture alone - high concrete walls with insets of cutout steel that hearken simultaneously to Angkor Wat and Frank Lloyd Wright - is worth a visit, and its more traditional (than Saladang's) Thai cooking is worth any number of returns. These are flexible-budget restaurants - you can have a big bowl of soup and an appetizer for around 12 bucks, or a multicourse feast for five times that.

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