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Tara Thai Restaurant Review: Owner Nick Srisawat taps into our yearnings for the ocean and for the sound of splashing water at his wildly popular Tara Thai restaurants that boast cool aqua colors and deep-sea décor. At this corner location facing Leesburg Pike, Srisawat lets sun and light blaze in, giving the whole interior a sparkling underwater glimmer. Srisawat has also learned to standardize his menu and strike out where many other local Thai restaurants fear to go, presenting authentic Thai flavors in a flamboyant style. This has made his restaurants magnets for crowds who return time and again to indulge in honey-roasted duck, green papaya salad, Pattaya noodles, and Tara Thais signature dish, grilled whole rockfish wrapped in banana leaf. The menu includes vegetarian dishes, too, but avoids the really exotic Thai foods that Westerners might not appreciate. A line of refreshing tropical drinks (with or without alcohol) and offbeat tropical sweets, such as the young coconut pie, wrap up a meal at Tara Thai.