It's not often you find a restaurant next door you can eat at each week. Sure there are gourmet eateries you can go to twice a year, but a restaurant you can eat at each week, that's a real find. Well, my wife and I found just that at Zapp Zapp Noodle House in Albany. It's a quiet peaceful Thai restaurant that you can go to each week and not get tired of. We've gone twice and plan on going again - next week. On our first visit, we started with Thai Sausage. The sausage wasn't greasy and had a pleasant robust flavor. It was actually enough for six people so we only ate about half. There was fresh ginger and peanuts on the plate as well as red onions which brought out even further the flavor of the sausage. We then had Pad Thai. Unlike other Thai restaurants, Zapp Zapp's wasn't greasy or overpowering and the egg was perfect, not too hard or runny. The rice noodles were also just perfect, not too hard or soft and the flavors were nicely balanced. The portion was enough to feed two people. We then finished with fried banana with ice cream. The fried banana wasn't greasy and there was honey on the coconut ice cream, a pleasant treat. The portion was more than enough for the two of us.
Today we took out Pad Kee Mao with chicken. Like the Pad Thai, it wasn't greasy and the rice noodles were perfect. There was an abundance of tomatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, basil, and zucchini. The vegetables were done perfectly, crisp, sweet and not hard or mushy. The chicken wasn't greasy either and the flavors were balanced.
Zapp Zapp isn't the restaurant to go when you want to have a gourmet experience. However, for a local once a week dining experience, Zapp Zapp Noodle House is the Thai restaurant next door you'll want to keep returning to. I highly recommend it.
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