First off, let me say that I am not a Thai connoisseur per se, just know good food when it passes the gums so I can’t vouch for the authenticity of this place (I’ll leave that to Kirk or others with expertise).
We visited them for the first time last week and we had such a great meal we went back again last night. On both occasions we left very happy. My husband used to live in Santa Rosa where he frequented a place called Anita’s. Every time we eat Thai, he laments that ‘it’s not as good as Anita’s’. This is the first time I’ve heard him say just the opposite.
First visit we had soup and a tasty lettuce wrap appetizer that was packed with great flavor – only demerit was that the lettuce they used needed to be bigger. We both wore as much of it as we ate. For entrees, he had the catfish (which rocked) and I had the best Pad Thai I’ve had in SD. It wasn’t a globulous mass like I generally get and it was perfectly spicy.
Last night we again had soup – their Tom Yum is fantastic! Tried the eggrolls which were perfection – crispy outside and in -the vegetables actually were crisp instead of mushy! And the accompanying plum sauce wasn’t overly sweet or viscous – just enough to compliment the rolls. On the entrée front, I got ambitious and ordered a glass noodle dish, in part because it said pan-fried and I was curious about how glass noodles would be after pan-frying. As it turns out, the don’t change much – they ended up being a bit like the pad thai I’m used to getting (and not too fond of). Dish was just okay. Husband more than made up for it with the fantastic curry dish he ordered.
I love Thai places that ask you for the level of spiciness (used to get that at Karinya in PB) instead of just doing the same for everyone unless requested. This place asks you and be forewarned, each step up is akin to another point on the richter scale. We can handle heat and were very comfy at level 3.
Bangkok Spices Thai
2832 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
Open Daily 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm