Thai Restaurant Pioneers Announce Opening of Newest Dining Ventures

Thai Restaurant Pioneers Announce Opening of Newest Dining Ventures
Tom Yum District to offer fresh casual Thai food in Rosslyn this June

Recognized throughout the Washington, D.C. region for their modern take on Thai cuisine, Chef Aulie Bunyarataphan and Restaurateur Mel Oursinsiri are proud to announce the opening of Tom Yum District this June.  Tom Yum District will elevate fresh casual dining in the Nation’s Capital with a menu featuring customizable, made-to-order rice and noodle bowls rooted in authentic and traditional Thai flavors that are served in a modern way.  The restaurant is located at 1515 Wilson Boulevard in the heart of the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, just 3 blocks away from the Rosslyn Metro stop.

Authenticity, customization and modern influences are the cornerstones of the Tom Yum District experience with an emphasis on quickness, convenience and simplicity. Influenced by her years of innovation in the kitchen and a highly tuned attention to detail, Chef Aulie has carefully curated the customizable and accessible menu to emphasize traditional Thai flavors, techniques and spices while also opening diners minds to new possibilities.

“Tom Yum District is the continuation of our dream to bring Thai cuisine to the Washington area in innovative yet approachable ways,” said Aulie. “I am thrilled to bring fresh and authentic Thai flavors to a more casual dining experience that allows guests an easy and quick way to enjoy Thai food.”

Guests will choose from 4 bases, 4 grilled proteins, 5 sauces, and 10 toppings designed to be mixed and matched to create countless menu combinations.  Highlights of the menu include their signature Tom Yum chili paste as well as other house made marinades and sauces including their exclusive green Sriracha sauce. The open design of the kitchen will allow guests to see their meal being cooked in a traditional stir-fry wok or on a plancha (flat top grill), which cooks proteins faster and more evenly then an open flame grill creating a perfectly moist meal. A specially curated beverage menu includes roasted coconut juice typically found exclusively in Asian markets, toasted rice flavored green tea, as well as Thai tea in bottles, Thai beers as well as fountain drinks. Prices for the bowls range from $6.75 – $7.95.  Please see full menu below.

The restaurant is designed to immerse diners in the culture of Thailand in a fresh and high energy, modern setting while going beyond the typical casual dining experience.  Modern influences of dark and light colored woods, exposed drop lighting, cast concrete and raw metal are playfully set off by accents of magenta and yellow, two colors prominent in Thai culture. A geometric mural of black and white original photos depicting iconic Thai imagery and textured architectural elements inspired by a popular Thai carving are just a sampling of the East meets West influences evident throughout the restaurant.  The restaurant will seat 49 people via individual tables and high-top communal seating.  Environmentally-friendly materials include renowned designer Philippe Starck’s Emeco chairs made of recycled Coke bottles and WaterSense certified water faucets designed to reduce water usage.

Aulie and Mel are the husband and wife duo behind two of the region’s most successful Thai restaurants, Bangkok Joe’s in Georgetown and T.H.A.I in Shirlington in Arlington.  They have elevated the reputation of Thai food that rivals fine-dining restaurants in taste and presentation.  Chef Aulie is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the organization for women leaders in the culinary world, and has served as a Culinary Advisor to the Royal Thai Embassy.


White Jasmine Rice
Brown Jasmine Rice
Pad Thai Rice Noodles
Asian Mixed Salad

Coriander-Garlic Marinade
Lemongrass-Turmeric Marinade
Sweet Chili Sauce
Sesame Ginger Glaze (v)

House-made Chili Paste and Lime(v)
Curried Peanut Sauce(v)
Oyster Sauce, Chili, and Garlic
Oyster Sauce and Thai Herbs
Sweet and Tangy(v)

Asian Mixed Romaine, Napa Cabbage,and Carrots
Red Onions
Bean Sprouts
Cucumber Relish
Mixed Herbs Cilantro, Basil, and Mint
Grilled Vegetables
Thai Omelet
Crushed Peanuts
Fried Garlic

Thai Restaurant Pioneers Announce Opening of Newest Dining Ventures
Created by Thai restaurateur pioneers Chef Aulie Bunyaratapan and Restaurateur Mel Oursinsiri, Tom Yum District is the first fresh casual restaurant serving authentic Thai flavors in the Nation’s Capital.  The restaurant is located at 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22209. For more information, please visit or call (703) 528 – THAI (8424). Please follow on Facebook ( and Twitter ( Tom Yum District will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.