I am writing this to ask local hounds what are their favorite Thai places in SD. I am writing this because I no longer spend enough time in San Diego to sample a range of restaurants in order to find my own favorites.
When I lived in PB, I was very fond of Karinya, and the last time I was there, I had an excellent whole fish. I have also had a good papaya salad there and decent curries--though their stir-fries have never much excited me.
Celadon has been much recommended on this board, and I did have an exquisite yellow curry there for lunch a while back. But more recently, I was there with a party of 6 and was underwhelmed. Someone ordered satay and it was pretty much like any other Thai restaurant's satay. The curry and the stir-fry I got to taste were pretty ordinary, and the flavor of the whole fish that I ordered was lost in the busy, almost sweet and sour sauce. It was like whole fish prepared for someone who didn't like fish. The service also seemed hurried, as if they were trying to serve us as quickly as possible to turn the table over. Don't get me wrong, the meal was not terrible, but I kept wondering--is this really the best Thai food in SD? In fact, the Lard Nar that I had on the same visit at Mae Rasy seemed more interesting than anything I tasted at Celadon that night.
So does anyone have other Thai favorites in town? Or should I give Celadon another chance?