I was starving and Tammy had meatloaf already made so I was on my own to find something to eat. Thai Garden was up the street and we pass by it all the time, so I decided to give this place a try.
On the outside the restaurant looks like someplace you would want to avoid, it is plain, looks dingy and decrepit. Don’t let the looks deceive you though. The food is great and full of flavor.
When I walked in I was greeted by the owners, and I let them know I wanted to take away, but didn’t know what I wanted, after sitting down and looking at the menu, which by the way the menus I found online only had a small portion of the items that they actually carry. I asked for a togo menu but they didn’t have any of those at hand.
I decided on the vegetable thai spring rolls and massaman curry with tofu thai hot. Unfortunately they were out of the spring rolls, and when I placed my order the owner asked me if I was vegetarian. I said yes, and she suggested that I get the fried tofu instead. I agreed and the order was handed over to the cook.
A few minutes later I was on my way back to Tammy’s house with a brown bag full of Thai goodness. I took everything out of the bag and opened them up and noticed I had a cucumber salad in there as well.
I decided to eat the fried tofu first. I dipped the pieces of firm golden tofu in a thin, clear, chili and chopped peanut spiked sauce and ate them. The tofu was fried nicely, the sauce was a good mixture of sweet and hot. I just wish that the sauce was thicker so it would stick to the tofu and peanuts.
The cucumber salad had slices of cucumber, red onion, green peppers, and carrots. It also had fresh cilantro leaves. The dressing was a cool sweet and spicy combination that delivered some heat and was a nice refreshing heat and coolness at the same time. It was a wonderful pleasant touch that I haven’t seen in any of the other Thai restaurants I have eaten anywhere else.
On to the main course. The massaman curry with tofu. This dish was a mixed bag for me. The sauce was nicely flavored and balanced. It was spicy, but I didn’t think it was Thai hot for me, it also had nice background notes of sour and sweet. It was really good and the star of the dish. The sauce had chunks of tofu, potatoes, peanuts, and diced onions in it and was speckled with red pepper flakes. The tofu was diced and cooked in the sauce. I personally like it breaded and fried first, or at least fried first beauce it makes the tofu firmer and has a meatier texture. The way it was cooked here made the tofu break up and mushy. The potatoes were cooked nicely. They had a nice bite without being too firm. The thing that I thought was lacking was that there were no other vegetables. I would have liked to have a variety of vegetables cooked with my massaman curry.
Overall I did like the food, everything tasted wonderful. I would have loved to taste the spring rolls, and had some minor nitpicks with the masaman curry, but there was flavor and spiciness throughout the items I had. I definitely want to go back, this time sitting down and enjoying a meal inside. If you are in the area don’t pass this jewel in the rough up. The food is good and flavorful.