I got lunch yesterday at Ocha Thai restaurant on Main Street in Waterbury (across from the gas station at the corner of Stowe and Main streets).
I went around 1PM, and got take out. I hadn't ordered ahead because I didn't have a menu. There was one occupied table. The decor is lovely and comfortable, and there are different seating areas. I would have felt very comfortable there. Also, the way I paid was with all the the change that I've been scrounging and saving for a good ten months. So I had to pay with three rolls of pennies, about three dollars worth of dimes, two bucks in quarters and the rest in nickles. The woman who waited on me was very good-natured about the inconvenience. :)
I ordered their lunch special pad thai with shrimp. I'm not a Thai food expert AT ALL, and I've only had a few experiences with it, so I figured that was safe enough for me to give a go. It was packaged in a nice plastic container that held up well on the way back to the office and kept it warm for me, it is also reusable, which is a good thing.
It came with four medium shrimp (I'd guess 30 count size) that were perfectly grilled and lightly seasoned so that they flavour was enhanced, not overwhelmed. The serving of noodles was huge and I couldn't finish it (which is actually a good thing, it means I have leftovers for today). The sauce on the noodles wasn't overwhelmingly peanutty (which can happen sometimes), and lightly sweet. I liked it a lot. Fresh mung been sprouts, a lime wedge, and shredded carrots were included as well. Overall I enjoyed my lunch immensely and I fully plan on going back and trying maybe the soup.
The only downside was that it was pretty pricey for a lunch for me. I usually shoot for my lunches costing under $2 (I usually bring my lunch), so $8.72 (the price with tax) was a lot for me to spend, but it's saved a little by there being leftovers for today's lunch. I don't know if a person with a normal sized stomach would have leftovers, but they'd certainly have found it very filling.
I'm not clear from the menu if the appetizers, soups, or salads are available for lunch service. They have a menu they specify as their lunch menu, and it doesn't list those things, but on the other page they list soups et. al. If they do serve those during lunch, I'll be much more likely to go back for a lunch sooner, and order those, which are slightly less expensive. Soups run in the $4-5 range, apps run from $3-6, salads 8-10, mains run $9-19 (for the Honey Duck) with most of the mains less than $15.
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