With all the talk on the board about Thai food, I've been craving Thai for a while. Thanks to a reply to my post on Thai in the Western 'burbs (see link below)we decided to try Bistro Thai in St. Charles. Caobb mentioned the place and LikestoEatout mentioned that he had tried it when it first opened and wasn't impressed, but it was the only place in the area that had a menu on the web so my wife and daughter could look it over first! (www.bistrothai.com). Once again, convenience wins out!
I couldn't convince anyone to leave the house, but I was able to convince them that we should order Thai instead of the usual chinese. I counted this a small victory! Everyone reviewed the web menu and we put together an order. We chose Spring Rolls, Pot Stickers and Baby Egg Rolls for appetizers, Tom Kha soup, BBQ Pork Bamee, Beef with Broccoli (my daughter), Five Star Chicken and Panang Curry. The Tom Kha and Panang were ordered medium heat and the Bamee was mild. We were quoted 20 minutes for the pickup.
I walked in the door of the restaurant pretty close to 20 minutes (10 minutes from Batavia to St. Charles) and the food was ready. I was greeted by an older asain woman and an asain man, but the man at the cash register was american, with grey hair and a mustache. Everyone was very friendly. The restaurant was clean and nicely decorated. There was a large window behind the bar looking into the kitchen and the kitchen looked clean and well organized. There were about 15 people in the restaurant at the time.
On the ride home the aroma from the various dishes filled the car and I was starving by the time I walked in the door. I'm not a Thai expert, so my tastes are probably not as refined as some of you, but I thought the food was good, but not great. The Spring Rolls were fresh and the veggies were crisp. The plum sauce was very thick and quite strong in flavor. The pot stickers were ok, but a bit tough around the edges. The baby egg rolls were the best appetizer. They were nice and crisp on the outside and the filling (chicken and onions) was tasty. The sauce was tangy with a nice kick. The Tom Kha had a nice flavor and spice, but was full of bay leaves and thich slices of ginger that were inedible. It mayhave been a little too salty.
Of the entrees, the best was the Panang Curry. I ordered it with Chicken, and the portion was generous, but the dish was only chicken, two strips of red pepper and two strips of green pepper. The sauce was smooth and creamy and had very good flavor. The BBQ Pork Bamee was a bit disappointing. The noodles looked like the fried noodles that come with Chow Mein at some chinese places. There were a few slices of BBQ pork that had OK flavor and some chopped green onions. It was served with a clear broth on the side that had a light flavor. The Beef with Broccoli tasted good, but wasn't any different than Beef with broccoli from a chinese restaurant. The Five Star Chicaken was a nice mix of veggies and chicken. I ordered it mild at my wife's request and it was very mild, with no trace of heat at all. None of the food was bad, just average.
Overall, Bisto Thai was good, but not great.. The fact that I picked up the food and dragged it 10 minutes back home probably didn't help any, so we'll probably take a trip to check out the food when it is fresh from the kitchen
110 N 3rd St
St Charles, IL