Thai Café & Noodle Treats
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A sister restaurant to Thai Café on San Francisco Street, Thai Café & Noodle Treats gets some of the Thai food equation right. Soups, made with coconut milk or spicy broths, are worthy here, but the meats don’t add to the enjoyment. Salads are also good, but ask for extra dressing and a heat level something above medium for a fuller experience. Vegetables are generally well prepared, and tofu is a tasty addition to them, but avoid the shrimp and seafood mix. Curries are also a smart choice with the right ingredients; likewise the stir- fries with roasted chile. The Thai iced coffee kept us up way past bedtime, which was just what we wanted. Recommended: tom yum goong and tom ka gai soups, green papaya salad, beef salad, pad Thai noodles with tofu, pad kee mao spicy noodles, and Thai iced tea and coffee.
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Dinner for two at Thai Café & Noodle Treats:
Satay chicken $ 5.95
Yum nua beef salad $ 12.95
Pad Thai noodles with tofu $ 11.95
Pad kee mao spicy noodles with chicken $ 11.95
Thai iced coffee $ 2.95
TOTAL $ 45.75
(before tax and tip)
Lunch for two, another visit:
Fresh rolls (two) $ 5.95
Larb gai ground chicken salad $ 11.95
Small tom yum goong soup $ 3.95
Small tom ka gai soup $ 3.50
Massaman yellow curry with shrimp $ 13.95
Pad ped ga prow stir fry with pork $ 11.95
Thai iced tea $ 2.95
TOTAL $ 54.20
(before tax and tip)
- 2 CHILES
Ratings range from 0 to 4 chiles, including half chiles. This reflects the reviewer's experience with regard to food and drink, atmosphere, service, and value.
Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 5:00 am
Thai cooking, like all great cuisines, is both the sum and its parts. It entices with individual flavors of fresh basil and mint, salty fish pastes, and lime juice. These are added to vegetables, both common and exotic, along with grilled and sautéed beef, chicken, seafood, pork, or tofu. They’re accompanied by wonderfully flavored, often chile-spiked sauces and are paired with noodles or rice. This makes for delectable, unexpected combinations in which the savory whole never loses sight of its individual ingredients. Thai Café & Noodle Treats, sister to Thai Café on San Francisco Street, gets some of this equation right. Its vegetables are of good quality, and they’re prepared with attention. Fresh herbs provide just the right accents. Noodle sauces and soup bases can be rich and intriguing. But something, often the meats added to these dishes and the additional dipping sauces, subtracts from the whole.
Located near the Regal Stadium 14 cinema, Thai Café looks like it was originally designed for something other than a restaurant. The main dining room is lined on two sides with windows that give a view of the parking lot, and the inside walls are done in soft pastel shades. A CD player on a counter near the kitchen entrance puts out traditional Thai music of remarkable clarity, probably because of the room’s high ceiling. Lavender-colored cloth napkins are a nice touch. Ignore the Singha sticker on one of the doors — the café doesn’t serve beer and wine yet.
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