Haven’t been by here in a few days. Anyone else notice this? 411 reader TehDiplomat sent this in:
“Not sure if you guys noticed this. But on my way home from the path today, T Thai looked like it was closed with an orange sticker on their window saying Stop Work. (As well as a hand scrawled message apologizing to its customers)
It looked like some Health Code Violations, but I didn’t stop long enough to investigate further nor to snap pictures with my phone, but figured I’d pass on the news so it could be updated and fleshed out.”
See below for mid-week dinner review!
Description – Thai cuisine. Entrée price range $6+.
Address – 102 Hudson St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030
Telephone – (201) 386-1522,(201) 386-1588
It’s been a while since the last restaurant review, and thanks to a reader reminding me that T Thai was a BYOB, we decided to try it this week.
Stepping into the restaurant, we noticed that it was rather empty. The interior was very simple and understated. A tad on the dark side. Luckily they quickly sat us at the front table near the window (and the festive Christmas decorations).
A couple of bottles of wine accompanied us, and the waiter promptly opened one of them. While my dining companion and I were perusing the menus and sipping our wine, we noticed there was a peculiar smell coming from the kitchen. Kind of tainted. The waiter quickly asked if we were ready, but we were having a tough time deciding. She promised to come back when we signaled we were ready. It was nice she paid attention and didn’t keep bugging us.
We decided to try a few basic appetizers to start. Fried calamari and some curry puffs. Not sure why I ordered calamari at a thai place, but it was pretty good! Decent texture, and the sauce was like a sweet and sour with just a hint of chili spice. Not a huge portion, but not bad for $4.95.
Next were the curry puffs. These are one of my favorites at Sri Thai, and I’ve had these before from T Thai via delivery. They’re almost on par with Sri, but not quite. But I always love the side of cucumber salad. A perfect compliment.
For entrees, we chose the popular chicken pad thai along with a daily special off the menu, the crispy & spicy duck and mango salad. The Pad Thai was very genuine tasting, with tender and well-cooked chicken chunks. They did this right. Although again, I have to say Sri Thai’s version was better, with more hints of peanut, and “stickier”. But this was still an acceptable dish.
I tend to frequently screw up my entree order, and did it yet again when I chose this promising, yet disappointing “crispy duck salad” special. From the presentation, it looks fabulous. But the duck fell far short. We all know duck is a typically fatty meat, but this just wasn’t done right. It was downright chewy, with no crisp-factor at all. The taste was suspect as well. The rest of the dish was great, though. Fresh mango, rice, lettuce and a perfect flavoring. Too bad the lead actor was a let-down.
Lastly, we wanted to end the night on a sweet note, and chose the fried ice cream and berry sauce dessert, hoping it would knock our socks off (yes) like the Sri Thai version. I’m sad to report, we had no such luck. This dish was flat out spoiled. The fried coating of the ice cream ball had a strange and unappealing taste to it. Additionally, the whipped cream surrounding the ball was rotten. We had a terrible taste in our mouths and rapidly recalled this item from our table. Terrible! They understandably removed it from our bill without hesitation.
Overall, it wasn’t a devastating experience thanks to the redeeming qualities of the dishes done well. It was an economical dinner, coming in at about $27 for two people. The interior was quiet and unassuming, and it’s a good low-key place to have a peaceful meal. Perhaps they just had a bad kitchen day. I’ll try the place again, and choose only the popular items.
I’ve heard other people say good things about T Thai. Have any of you been there recently?