Think the renovation is complete.. balloons are a good sign. Was by there yesterday (when they’re usually closed). Will have to do a taste test soon!
They closed up shop temporarily for renovations a few weeks ago. It’s been two weeks, and it didn’t look like they were close to being finished. They obviously didn’t use the HATT (Hoboken Actual Time Translator… I think 411 will copyright that acronym). One to two weeks probably means a month. But hopefully they re-open soon. Was a big fan of their food (although there’ve been rumblings of quality declining as of late?)
SEE UPDATED REVIEW BELOW:
Description – Authentic Thai Cuisine..Casual dining. Small dining area. Zagat rated. $6 – $13.
Services – Thai Cuisine. Take Out, Free Delivery, Dine In
Address – 234 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4708
Telephone – (201) 798-4822
I know, crappy picture, but the food rocks.
Updated May 2006
I know looks can be deceiving. You look at this place, and you'd think it belongs in Detroit or something. However, beneath the shoddy exterior is a shining gem of a restaurant. If you care not to read the rest of the review, know this: It's one of the most consistent and delicious restaurants in Hoboken. Period. Friendly, courteous, prompt. A tad pricey compared to Chinese for instance, but you get better tasting food, and a more diverse and flavorful selection. On to the review. As you can see, the interior is nothing special. A tiny no-frills dining room. Better to eat there during daylight hours, as it has a slightly better and more open feel.
We quickly made our selections and service was nearly instantaneous.
First came out a super simple small salad. Lettuce, one slice tomato, one slice cucumber and a few shredded carrots. Covered with peanut dressing. Very strong peanut dressing. I liked the taste very much, but try not to go on an empty stomach, as (for me at least) it stimulated the intestines pretty quick.
For our appetizers, we shared a small order of Ga-ree Puffs ($3.50). A light fluffy fried pocket filled with a curry-based mixture of chicken and potatoes. Served with a side of cucumber sauce. A sweet concoction with giblets of cucumber, pepper and red onion. A perfect counterbalance to the puffs. I shall now coin these "Thai Pockets" from now on. They're perfect. No other Thai place comes close (well, except for T Thai next to the police station.. they're pretty good, but greasier). I ate one before I remembered to snap the photo. DAMNIT!
We also ordered a Yum Nua salad ($6.50). The menu calls this a "BBQ beef salad with Lemon Juice". Do not let that dissuade from ordering this, whether you like that or not. It's really a terrible way of describing one of the most incredible items on the menu. Tender shaved beef, lettuce, red onion, red pepper, scallions, cilantro amongst other things. Very hot and spicy yet wholeheartedly satisfying and refreshing at the same time. As the Sprint commercial would say "Phenomenal". The Shredded Duck salad (with cashews) is also an tasty alternative, not as hot. Good to mix it up from time to time.
For entrees, we chose two items off the lunch special list (served from 11:00-3:00). And order of Sam Rot (sounds nasty.. anything with "rot" in it, but remember this is from Thailand!).. fried chicken chunks, covered in a hot n spicy tamarind sauce. A side of perfectly prepared white rice complements the dish. Again, out of this world taste and quality.
Additionally, an order of Shrimp Pad Thai ($6.50). Their Pad Thai is also top of the list in Hoboken. A nice portion size, and consistently good quality as well.
Now feeling more full than a Macy*s balloon on Thanksgiving, it should have been time to leave. But seeing as I usually ordered take-out or delivery, I never ordered dessert. That Fried Ice Cream always sounded interesting. It's basically a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream in a pocket of sweet dough, then quickly deep fried. Placed on a layer of raspberry jam-like goop.
WOW was I happy I tried this. Kind of like a Twinkee on steriods, this is one of the most outrageously fantastic sweet/cold/dessert dishes I have ever had the chance to enjoy (like the Vesuvius cake from SNL). I'm not a sweets kind of person, but I went ape-shit after eating the first bite. Incredible!!
When the waitress asked how it was. I said "Eh, it was ok".
Enjoy Sri Thai more often. Because it's one place you'll NEVER leave disappointed.