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Thai food in Astoria

John Speer | Mar 12, 2000 12:49 PM

Ubol's Kitchen:

I had been there once before a few years ago. Last night, I went again. It was a mind-bogglingly awful experience.

I thought the beef salad was OK; my dining partner found it tasteless. We ordered three main dishes:
masaman beef, red curry vegetables and basil-leaf chili chicken. The beef and vegetables arrived together. The chicken came much later -- after we got the attention of the manager to ask what had happened. We were suspicious of the consistency of the sauces -- obviously loaded with cornstarch just from looking at the food. The sauces were far too sweet. However, the beef slices each contained more gristle than beef. I finally gave up wrestling with each piece individually. The chicken meat wasn't in much better shape -- mighty tough!

We left much of the meat on the plate. When clearing the dishes, the manager asked (routinely) how everything was. We paused, pointed at the piles of meat and replied (honestly) "The meat was far too tough to be served to paying customers". She seemed quite startled, though by our words themselves or by the fact that we had said anything at all I do not know. She deducted one of our four beers from the bill to compensate us for our experience.
As a bizzare finale, one of the two "wrapped" candies was pre-opened. We pointed that out to her when she collected the bill. Shortly thereafter, the waiter appeared brandishing two wrappped candies which he shook in each of our faces before we sent him away.

On a related note, we had dined at the Thai Pavillion (30th Avenue near Steinway) a few weeks ago. Hadn't been there in a while since they expanded to takew over the space from the adjoining former liquor store. The prices were somewhat higher, portions smaller and quality WAY downhill! Now for Thai food in the area, it's a long-ish walk down to Arharn on 36th Avenue near the N train.

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