Lung Yai Thai Tapas

1731 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135
Critics' Pick
Best Of


  • 12 to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 12 to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Beer and wine, Family Style, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Snack Food
  • Beer/Wine
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking
  • Reservations Recommended

If you're not used to the searing heat of Thai spice, ask for Yung Lai Thai Tapas' larb — a chilled ground-pork salad spiked with hefty doses of cumin, chilies, and star anise. It's one of a number of recipes chef/owner Bas Trisransi is reviving after learning by his grandfather's side decades ago. Chef Bas knows that the development of deep, complex flavors can't be rushed, which is why dishes such as the palo moo and tom yum soup take hours to reach perfection. It's quality Thai food that's both affordable and casual, and the tapas style will tempt diners to sample everything on the menu. A meal at Lung Yai Thai is a crash course for the palate; come with a sense of culinary adventure, and leave with a newfound appreciation for real Thai flavors and a full stomach. Insider tip: Reservations aren't accepted, and there's no take-out or delivery, so arrive at this 35-seater as early as possible because it normally fills to capacity during both lunch and dinner. Portions are large enough to share, and the food will tickle your taste buds without overloading your stomach, but keep in mind you must place your entire order at once.

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