I've grown a liking to Thai Avenue of late. Every thing is done pretty well. Overall, I like the atmosphere, the service, and the authentic, well executed food.
After my first time, I questioned whether TA offered anything that would sway me away from my mainstay favorites of Siam Noodle or Super Chef. Since then, I've been to Thai Avenue maybe 6-7 times versus an occasion each for the other two.
Thai Avenue does the common, pedestrian (for a Thai native) dishes pretty well. The curries, noodle dishes (pad kee mao especially), and the over rice dishes(kao mun gai-- hainam chicken, kao klug kapi(rice w/ shrimp paste). These are the dishes that a Thai might get on his/her lunch break at an open air, side of the road, down the street from the office operation in Bangkok.
Today I ordered the Krapow Gai (basil chicken). Their Krapow Gai is one of my favorite renditions in the city. I always ask for a fried egg on the side. Try it, its excellent that way. Today, I ordered my Krapow Gai extra spicy. She asked "How spicy?." I replied, "Make me cry, please." Boy...was it spicy! And perhaps the most single satisfying Krapow Gai that I have had in the city. Now, I know my spice tolerance is on par w/ a Thai native in Bangkok. But I will admit, that it is nowhere near an Isaan native. I believe they prepared it for an Isaan! But I was craving fire today...and I got it.
We also ordered Pad Kee Mao. Which I would explain to someone as the "spicy" version of Pad See Iew. I really like Thai Avenue's version. The ingredients are nice and fresh. The noodles cooked just right, and the flavor definitely didn't lack any kick.
We also shared the Gaeng Som. The name says "curry", but its more of a soup. TA's version is pungent, rich, deep, with a bit of sourness. The catfish in it is fresh. I desired more sourness, but their version is still very good nonetheless.
From your outing, some of you guys felt that TA lacked "fire". Trust me, it can be found.