All the usual suspects are on the menu at Billy Thais, a cozy Thai bistro on one of Amsterdam's most romantic canals. The scent of lemongrass, garlic and ginger hits you inside, where a half-dozen tables line the no-frills restaurant. When the weather's nice, a handful of outdoor tables provides the perfect outlook over the Prinsengracht. Reserve ahead to be assured a table, especially on busy weekend nights.
For a sampling of Thai appetizers, start with the “Billy Thai Mix,” a platter of spring rolls, chicken saté, marinated chicken in a bamboo leaf, fish cakes and deep fried shrimps in pastry, ready for dipping into a spicy-sweet sauce. For your main meal, choose from Thai curries, soups, noodle and rice dishes, and hearty salads. Wash it all down with a Singha beer or Mekhong Thai whiskey. Servings are generous, prices are reasonable, and service is fine by Dutch standards in the popular, canal-side restaurant where you'll find both locals and tourists.