Thai Food In Hayward Done Right

Tri Nguyen

Red Chili serves up authentic curries, soups and salads

Down by the corner of Mission Boulevard and Industrial Parkway is a Thai restaurant that serves up some of the best dishes in the area. Be careful because you might miss it.

Red Chili offers some great takes on Thai cuisine favorites like Pad Thai, various curry dishes and tom yum soup, but also offers a decent number of Vietnamese dishes, including pho, the famous Vietnamese noodle soup. The location might surprise you, mostly because it’s easily missed. The hole-in-the-wall restaurant is located right before the corner of Mission and Industrial, next to a shopping plaza. Parking is hard to find in front of the restaurant, but more spaces are offered in the back. The friendly wait staff is attentive and helpful, offering suggestions from the menu, which offers lunch specials throughout the week at affordable prices. For less than $7, you can get a big plate of Pad Thai, or yellow, red or green curry with rice. For dinner, the prices are still reasonable, and the menu really opens up. Some of the restaurant’s specialties include garlic-crusted fried fish, roti canai (a kind of Indian-style flat bread with curry sauce to dip), crab fried rice and papaya salad (Thai or Vietnamese style). Those looking to enjoy a beverage with dinner can help themselves to Singha beer, from Thailand, or wash down their meal with a refreshing Thai ice tea. The restaurant is bright and open, with the window in the front allowing guests a view of Mission Boulevard, and the bright walls and trim give a burst of color to accompany the food. The polished wooden tables and chairs add a touch of class to the décor. So if you’re looking off campus for a quick, solid meal, or looking to have a nice dinner with friends or a date, Red Chili offers well-done Thai and Vietnamese food for a reasonable price. Red Chili 29583 Mission Blvd (between Overhill Dr & Alquire Pky) Hayward, CA 94544 (510) 881-8593 Find out what Yelp Users said about this place by clicking this link.