Me, a la carte and her SO TOFTT on Tuesday night, testing the waters at this six-day-old, differently-named Thai resto at 3755 Main near 21st. It replaces Temple of Shanghai. Space is open and spare, with fairly blinding fluorescent lights. The owner, Tai, is a Thai national who worked in the film industry while dreaming about owning a restaurant where he could share his love of his homeland's cuisine. He only has 18 seats right now (COV's rules are weird on this) and no liquor licence (ditto) but we were all impressed enough by his early offerings to vow to return, especially for takeout as it is convenient for the a la cartes.
Most expensive item on the menu (see pic) is $8.50 and prices are lower than the other Thai places in town. We overordered to try more dishes and had a big ol' bag of leftovers. Our sample of the brief menu was as follows: papaya salad (tasty but a hair sweet, nice fruit), tom kha gai (one of my favourite dishes, rich without being cloying, with a little hit of chile that I'm not used to but liked), pork pad ka pow (with thinly sliced rounds of green beans, this was the other fave for me, rather unexpectedly), pad thai (well made with tamarind, I didn't feel the urge to order more limes as I usually do) and finally panang beef (it's the second soup like pic, I found it too sweet and rich but Tai says that's how they eat it in Thailand). He also says they can whip up Thai-style condiments if you ask -- he doesn't like to make them ahead as they don't stay fresh. Rice was nice and hot which I appreciated. We paid $18 each tax and tip in for this repast.
Of note, they are currently open 7 days a week till 9 pm. The phone numbers listed on line are wrong, with one being completely incorrect and the other their home listing.
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