This blue-jeans-comfortable eatery is one of Tempe's favorites. If you are concerned that Thai food translates to fire-on-a-plate, be assured that you ... More
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This blue-jeans-comfortable eatery is one of Tempe's favorites. If you are concerned that Thai food translates to fire-on-a-plate, be assured that you are encouraged to specify the degree of spice on many selections. Lunch combination specials include steamed rice, spring rolls and choice of entrees like Pad Bahmee noodles or Pak Kao Pode On (chicken, pork or beef with vegetables). House Specialties include a wide range of vegetable, meat and seafood curries and noodle dishes.
This is a decent restaurant for Thai food. The service isn't great but the food is good and it has a cozy feel. I would definitely give it a try if you are new to the area and looking for authentic Thai food.
love this place i have been a regular for almost 4 years. i am originally from California and i had my heart set on a Thai food place and thought once i moved here i would never find another Thai food restaurant that would keep me satisfied.
What i have came to realize is that every Thai restaurant is different, which makes it unique! The service is amazing, i love the owner she is so sweet. I always order their MU SATAY and TOM KA GAI soup.
Honestly the price is not at all bad, think of all the non authentic chain Asian restaurants your spending more money!
i do agree the location is kind of odd, but it reminds me of the little mom and pop places in California.
everyone will have their own thoughts i suggest you try it yourself.
I have been enjoying this restaurant since it was born more than 20 years ago. They do it right the vast majority of the time. There have been a couple of occasions during summer that I have had less than good food experiences. I suspect that I have landed while the regular cook is on vacation. The service is always prompt and very friendly. This is the best Thai in the east valley and one of the best in the Phoenix area.
We went again last evening to meet up with a friend. We chose our usual yum neau but due to my friend we ordered it medium this time instead of hot. I think this detracts from the salad but it was very good; don't forget to ask for cabbage with it. We also had an order of spring rolls for the other starter. These are delightfully crunchy but have very little flavor if you do not use the sweet and sour sauce that comes with them. I really like their sweet and sour sauce as it is a perfect balance of the two.
For the mains, we got pad ma muang himapan, gaeng kari, and pad bai kaprow. The first is a chicken dish with cashews and water chestnuts that I had not had before (how?). It is very mild and a pleasant choice but not exciting. I love the crunchy bits but would have liked more cashews and a few less water chestnuts. The second is the yellow chicken curry, a favorite for many and an easy dish for novices. This one was ordered medium. It was lovely as usual. The last of these is a dish that I had not chosen for some time (it is hard to give up your favorites to sample others). We chose beef and made this one the hot dish for the night. It was very tasty.
We finished off by sharing a sweet sticky rice with coconut custard. I love this desert. The coconut flavor is very present but not overwhelming. While it is sweet it is not overly so. Yum!
I am always pleasantly shocked that we had too much food (three boxes went home) and several drinks with a total sticker price (including tax and tip) of just under $20 per person. A bargain!
The service is very friendly and the food was delicious. The size of the Thai iced tea seemed a bit on the small side, but the portions of the meal were substantial and flavorful. The prices were on par with similar restaurants and their vegetarian options were enough to keep one of my dining companions happy. I've been on several dates to this restaurant and everyone I've taken there enjoyed it. I'd highly recommend coming here with a friend or a date.
This is not a super fancy place, but considering the reasonable cost, friendly and efficient service, great food and low key ambiance I have to give this place 5 stars. The lady serving us told me that this restauarnt had been around for 25 years - so it seems to have done well in a very competitive market. Strange that this was my first time despite having lived in Tempe for nearly 20 years.
What was really nice was that they had several good choices for vegetarians. One of us had the Yellow curry in coconut milk with tofu, cabbage, water chestnuts, potato, carrots and onions vegetables in a light yellow curry sauce - boy was that very tasty.
The price was very reasonable ($21 +tip) for a shared starter and 2 x entrees. We chatted to the lady and she was kind enough to give us a discount for our next visit..
The restaurant was fairly busy on a Friday night with a typical cosmopolitan Tempe crowd, but we were able to get a seat right away. The folks at the next table were trying the various deserts, but unfortunately I'm trying to lose weight - maybe next time....The Sangkhaya Coconut custard - a Thai custard made with coconut cream) looks good. We will definately add this to our list of great local restaurants.
If you haven't been, go, and try one of the heavenly dishes found in this tucked away little corner of Tempe. We got the #17, Tom Ka Gai - an absolutely splendid soup made from a coconut milk broth, which made the other dishes we got almost moot (though they were very good also).
The neighborhood ambience, friendly owner and staff, prompt service, and delectable cuisine make this Thai restaurant a must-try for any discerning diner in the Phoenix area.
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