A friend and I had dinner Friday night at Krua Thai, on Sherman just west of Coldwater Canyon. It was the first time there for both of us, and we were sadly underwhelmed. The restaurant itself was LOUD; they were playing something like KROQ at a volume that made it almost impossible for the two of us, seated opposite each other at a small table, to hear each other.
We ordered pork satay, duck ka paow (bbq duck with mint leaves, chili, garlic and pepper), pad thai krua thai, and curry chicken. The duck arrived first, which I thought was a bit odd, but I was too busy cleaning what appeared to be cigarette ash off of my plate to be overly concerned about it. The duck was tasty, although not as spicy as we would have expected from the description. The pad thai came next, and it was far superior to the plate of orange noodles common from many take-out Thai places, but , again, this dish was not at all spicy. We suspect that we were served the regular pad thai, and not the pad that krua thai as requested. The curry chicken came last. The pork satay never appeared. The curry chicken was the best, with a flavorful but not too rich coconut milk yellow curry sauce. I didnt expect this dish to be spicy, and it wasnt, but since I was expecting some heat from the other two dishes, it ended up being a much more bland meal than anticipated.
The check came, with the pork satay still on it. This was quickly corrected once we pointed out the mistake, but the combination of the noise, the dirty plates, bland food and bad service was enough to make this a one time only experience.
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