When I'm approaching 49th St. and 9th Av., it's hard for me not to turn the corner and go to Gazala Place for great Israeli food, but I wanted spicy food today and thought I'd take a break from Wondee.
I've had good meals at Pam before, but I was really pissed off by today's dinner. I ordered Tod Mun Pla, Som Tom, and Duck Prik Khing. I told the waiter that we (my girlfriend and I) like spicy and Thai style, not American style. He gave what looked like a knowing and indulgent smile, but turned out to be a "You don't know what you're talking about, white boy" smile. The Tod Mun was the only dish that was fairly robustly spicy, because of the dipping sauce, which tasted good but could have been less sweet. The Som Tom had no spiciness whatsoever, and the Duck Prik Khing was maybe barely moderately spicy. I asked for some bird's eye chilis and was given some cut-up ones (a better idea than whole ones); they made the Som Tom a lot better and also improved the duck, but there's no doubt the duck, in particular, would have been a lot better had it been cooked with more chilis. At the end, the waiter asked how everything was, and I told him the same thing I just posted here, adding that he should listen to what people say, and that perhaps if I had told him I used to live in Malaysia, he might have taken me seriously (I doubt it, though).
It greatly angers me when the quality of my food is dependent on who my waiter is, to the extent that certain waiters look at my appearance and disregard what I say I want. I would respect anyone who believes I'm overreacting, but the way I feel is that Pam "Real" Thai is on my shit list now. I will not return any time soon and will no longer recommend it.
Pam Real Thai
404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019