Panang curry
Panang curry with brown rice | Photo: Christine N. Ziemba

Manee House, the Thai restaurant that used to be located near Mulligans on Tournament Road and McBean, moved to an incongruous spot a few years back. It’s now located in the Western-themed storefront along Lyons Avenue (between Wayman and Arcadia), where parking is a little more difficult, but more importantly, the food is still as good as ever.

A sure bet is hitting up Manee House during the lunch hours, where you seriously can’t beat the lunch special prices. I recently went to Manee House to celebrate a co-worker’s last day, and the total for the five of us, who each got a special and just water, came out to $30.50—not including the tip.

There are two types of lunch specials at the restaurant: The Power Lunches ($6.95) come with a small appetizer (either an egg roll or fried tofu), soup and salad, steamed rice and an entree from a list. It’s a lot of food—great if you’re really hungry. (Tip: The egg roll isn’t all that: It’s deep fried blandness.)

For $2 less, we recommend skipping the appetizers and sides and getting right to the entrees, which is where Manee House shines. Most of the entrees come with a choice of chicken, tofu or beef. On our most recent trip, two friends ordered Pad See You (Pan fried flat rice noodle, egg, black bean sauce, broccoli), one with beef and the other order with tofu; someone ordered the semi-spicy Panang curry (red curry, coconut milk, pea carrot, bell pepper) and upgraded to brown rice; I wanted spice so I ordered the Pad Kaprow (stir fried garlic, chilli, onion, bell pepper, basil) with chicken, and I upgraded to egg fried rice; the last person ordered a chicken/veggie stir fry with no rice.

I’ve had the Pad See You numerous times, it’s perfect when you’re in the mood for a hearty noodle dish with a touch of sweetness (though not as sweet as a Pad Thai). The Panang is another one of my favorites with a zesty red curry that’s awesome over rice. While I took leftovers home (too good to leave behind), everyone else cleaned their plates. Par for the course at Manee House lunch.

Because everything’s cooked to order and there’s usually only one waiter working, it can get a little slow if it’s busy. Make sure you have time to spare if you choose Manee House for lunch.

Oh yeah and one other negative: With our full bellies, we had to fight off the urge to nap back at the office. It wasn’t easy.

Insider tips:

  • Lunch specials are available 11 am-3 pm, Monday through Friday. Holidays not included.
  • If you can’t find parking right out front on Lyons, there’s a parking lot in the back. Turn at Arcadia.
  • It’s open until 10 pm, Monday-Saturday, and 9 pm on Sundays.
  • Rating *** (three out of five stars)

Manee House
 23115 Lyons Ave, Newhall
661.255.9790

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