I love Thai food and wanted to try one that’s been in the valley for 20 years. I figured with that kind of longevity, they must be doing something right. We arrived around 6:30 on a Saturday night and the place was half full.
When we first sat down, one of our party asked the server if they had sparkling water. She, unfortunately, spoke very little English. Rather than getting someone to help her with the question she didn’t understand, she shoved the drink menu in his face and walked away. WOW!
We made our order, beginning with Chicken Satay. The response – we are out of chicken satay. So, we decided to go with Beef Satay. A few minutes later, she came back and said they were out of that also. So, we decided on the Poh’ Pa’ Krohb (Pork and vegetable egg rolls). We were very upset to see the table next to us receive an order of chicken satay. What is going on here?
Now, unlike every other decent restaurant on the planet, dishes do not arrive together at this restaurant. My Phaht Thai (allegedly one of their specialties) arrived first. I was about to dig in when they came and grabbed it away from me claiming it was for another table. Then I watched as the dish that was on MY table was given directly to another diner. No wonder this restaurant has so many Health Department violations.
Finally, all the dishes arrived (one at a time) and we were able to eat. The Thai Lahna Special Fried Rice (with chicken, beef, pork and shrimp) was the best thing we had – good flavor and tasty. Not particularly generous with the meats, but for $9.95, we were not expecting much. The Kai Phaht Khahnah (Chicken stir-fried with broccoli in a light oyster flavored sauce) was the next best thing – the oyster sauce was really pretty good. Everything else made us wonder if the chef could even find Thailand on a map. The Phaht Thai was horrible. It was basically rubber bands masquerading as noodles and bean sprouts with a couple small pieces of chicken and 2 shrimp. The Vegetable Curry was unlike any curry I have ever seen. The “sauce” was so thin and runny, it was more like a soup than a sauce.
All in all, this was a terrible restaurant that I would highly NOT recommend. The only thing good is the price. Certainly not the food and DEFINITELY not the service.
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