A little over a month ago my chef friend max reccomended a Thai place in our neighborhood. delicious food, not too expensive, in the Castro has felt all but impossible. my feeling is that gay men on dates are barely thinking about the food on the plate...
the fist night I went to Thai House Express it was completely packed. But it was not a disorganized experience. The host said that the wait was probably about 15 minutes. And it was. One star for that.
We ordered the green papaya salad ($6.50), roasted pork over egg noodles with gravy ($?), and crispy catfish with green beans and chili paste ($8.95). last night was my fourth time there and so far the only thing that has been underwhelming was the pork with noodles. My friend liked it but it resonated too heavily with star anise for me.
I Am In Love With The Catfish Dish!! this dish is Phenomenal!!!! in your mouth lemongrass, thai basil, chilis and kaffir lime dance in perfect unison. I have had this dish three times now and I am madly in love.
I always order green papaya salad every time I'm trying a place for the first time. It is my testing gauge. I like the Thai House Express version. The cabbage is sweet, papaya marinated to tenderness but not soggy, tiny dried shrimp add a dense fishy sparkle, and enough juice on the plate to go around. I have had it 3 times and only once was it off from the original taste textures.
last night the restaurant was experiencing a brown out that later turned to black out. they were very professional in explaining what could and could not be cooked/prepared. we were able to get hot and sour prawn soup ($8.25) and chicken in spicy green curry ($6.95) over rice that was perfect, not too heavy.
This restaurant is only a few months old and every night I've gone they have been busy and courteous. the plates are interesting, many of them square, the decor is modern but comfy, and one night there was a gigantic pumpkin for decoration.
just writing about the catfish makes my mouth water. It has been suggested to me to try the beef jerky ($6.95) and I will next time.
When all the lights went out last night not a single customer stirred. no one complained or made a fuss. After we paid our bill we walked outside and I remarked that what we were witnessing was the sign of a good restaurant. One that informed us so we knew what to expect.
Thai House Express
599 Castr at 19th street
open for lunch and dinner