Pusadee’s Garden in Pittsburgh produces Michelin-star worth Thai cuisine and it’s absolutely worth a visit, if you can get a reservation.
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Positioned in Pittsburgh’s popular Lawrenceville neighborhood, Pusadee’s Garden is perfectly suited for this vibrant corner of the City of Bridges. Parking can be problematic, allow extra time to secure on-street parking on a busy block. Open for dinner at 5 PM everyday but Sundays.
Address: 5319 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Phone: +1 (412) 252-2683
Flawless Execution, Delicious Food
It’s hard to find such skillfully produced Thai food in some cities in the United States. Pusadee’s Garden is unequivocally superb thai food, not just in Pittsburgh but in the world. I’ve eaten at countless Thai restaurants both abroad and in Thailand and Pusadee’s is possibly the best I’ve ever had.
The execution is flawless. The food was cooked perfectly, the famous Thai balance of flavors was a constant theme throughout the meal. I cannot be effusive in my praise for this restaurant.
The restaurant itself is beautiful and comports high design with subtelty. The building is wrapped around a central garden which offers as-available seating when weather permits. Large floor-to-ceiling windows face the garden giving every seat in the restaurant a view outside. As someone who lived in Thailand and visits regularly, it’s reminiscent of a premium hotel restaurant and is absolutely stunning.
The food was absolutely incredible. We ordered lamb meatball lollipops on sugar cane, curry lamb shank, mango sticky rice ice cream, shrimp tempura, and pork belly.
My family has enjoyed a number of Michelin-starred restaurants and Pusadee’s which remains without its designation. That’s a mistake. The quality of food, precision with which it’s cooked, and service all scream for a Michelin star. The menu is unique, a departure from Pad Thai and Pineapple Fried Rice, but without being too full of itself.
If you find yourself in Pittsburgh, Pusadee’s Garden is a can’t-miss restaurant waiting for its Michelin star. It’s already difficult to secure an advance registration but this will undoubtedly worsen with a designation. It’s worth an entire trip to Pittsburgh, it’s just that good.
What do you think? Have you tried Pusadee’s Garden?
It looks amazing but any restaurant that makes it very difficult to secure an advance registration I pass. It is way too much hype for my taste. Also, just an observation, I see lots of red wine on their place and those are very very hard to pair with Thai food. Better to stick with a few white otherwise you mess up the flavors.
It will never get a Michelin star so long as Pittsburgh itself is unrated. Talking about it as though it’s on the verge of one is ignorant of Michelin and its processes.
That said it looks outstanding.
Colorful and vibrant
What are some of the best Thai spot in the US?
Just like to say, food in Pittsburgh can be awesome. Whilst not trying Pusadees, I’ve spent 4 years south in the Nemacolin area. Anytime someone from Pittsburgh would come down I had a list of food stuffs to bring. The gourmandine in also Lawrenceville being a fav.
Having spent enough time in Thailand (cooking classes & doing big dinners Thai food is an open fusion cuisine. Personally I am mai-ped(t). No heat. But Pusadees looks great and will love to try!
Finally the cuisine of Pittsburgh is so diverse due to the population, there’s plenty of great to be found. Big yum
Have to spend 3 months in Pittsburgh. Please help! Was told to go to Primanti’s but I assume that’s just a tourist trap.