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“Pretty good”
Review of Thai Cuisine

Thai Cuisine
Ranked #70 of 441 Restaurants in Rockville
Cuisines: Thai
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

I enjoyed it. Found it tasty and nicely spiced. (But what do I know? Just an American who likes Asian food.)
Don't go if you're in a hurry though....the service is less than stellar. Not properly staffed for a nearly full house on a Friday night.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

Been there several years ago and remember the delight of discovering a brand new Thai restaurant with reasonable pricing & authentically delicious food. I am afraid that is no longer true. Instead, it's now mostly Americanized Thai, with lots of iceberg lettuce which isn't sold or served in Thailand, cut in a way which makes you question the competency of the kitchen. I remember when I first learned to cook as a young boy, my mother told me how one goes about cutting the ingredients is absolutely crucial. So I always ask, when faced with the task of slicing down the carrot or the chicken breast, "What's the visual effect and texture I am after in this dish?"

The way I test drive a new Thai restaurant is by ordering mostly appetizers (think tapas or small plates, not pre-entre), plus the Som Dum (papaya) salad and the Tom Yam (hot & sour) soup. If there weren't enough of us, I would order either the Pad Thai (chicken always, never tofu) or the Fried Rice (always crab, never with pineapple). Some things go together, some things don't, certainly not on the streets of Bangkok. Here is my verdict.

A most disappointing papaya salad. Big portion, but the cut of the papaya is all wrong, dripping wet, the taste is off. Didn't order Tom Yum soup due to the summer heat. Most Tom Yum soup in America is made to suit the American palate and make grocery shopping easy for the kitchen staff, so you see ingredients in the soup that you never would in Bangkok.

The satay is the best dish out of 7 we ordered. Totally authentic and most delicious peanut sauce. Complete with diagonally cut toast, unfortunately, the toast most likely came out of a toaster, which would have been okay except it's got no traces of char or burnt mark on it. See, usually they are toasted on the grill where the chicken was grilled and thus have flavor on its burnt surface. The tiny communion styled cup of marinated cucumber is filled mostly with onion instead of cucumber cutlets, and liquid, very hard to pull out. It should be wet but not dripping and served just on the plate or in a shallow cup. So sad to go through all that extra trouble only to achieve a negative.

The Tod Mun, fish cake, is too spicy and over cooked and served with the same garnish of iceburg lettuce and spiral strands of carrot like the other appetizers. In other words, it's formularistic. Imagine serving 5 appetizers in the middle of the table for a family styled meal, and they all look the same.

The crab fried rice was wet. That's the worst thing that should happen to fried rice, it's supposed to be dry and never stick together. My wife thought they used sticky rice which of course wasn't the case. Thailand is famous for its long grain rice, properly cooked, each grain separates from the others and when you stir fry it in the big hot wok, you should almost be able to smell the smoke. It's not a bad fried rice, just not authentic, and I couldn't see the crab meat whereas in Thailand, it are always chunks of crab here and there. Perhaps the crabs available are too small.

It's not a bad meal, and the food is Thai indeed. Perhaps it's my fault that I expect authenticity on the streets of Rockville.

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

I'm not Thai but lived in that beautiful country for two years and have a lifelong passion for the food. The Washington area didn't have much in 1970s when I came back from there but we are now blessed with dozens of places, many quite good. This modest restaurant in a Rockville strip mall deserves a visit from anyone who knows Thai food and wants something that approximates what one can get in Bangkok. The menu is authentic, the service is efficient and friendly and the prices are low for what one receives. The only down side is that this place is slowly being discovered and parking can be a problem if you don't get there early.

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

I went for pad thai & chicken lemongrass soup which were both very good. I really enjoyed the meal. It was only $9.95 for the meal. They also supply you with water which is good and they come around to refill the glass.

the portions are very generous and i couldn't finish mine - some people got theirs to go which was nice of them to offer a box for the food

the chicken lemongrass soup had mushrooms and chicken inside - its a hot & sour soup and has a kick to it from the chilli

the pad thai is good and had a lot of ingredients inside it

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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Fresh ingredients, delicious curries, pad thai, fried tofu, salad...it's all delicious. Generous portions, good service, cute place.

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