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Sea Thai Bistro (Santa Rosa) Update

Eat_Nopal | Jan 16, 2008 12:52 PM

I know this place received some positive reviews when it first opened... I didn't have a good experience there a couple of weeks, and I am wondering if its gone downhill, I ordered poorly, or just an off night.

> Ambience & Decor was quite nice... impeccably modern (not very Thai per se) & as casually upscale as a shopping center location can get. With the wine list & the ambience I adjusted my expectations to Wine Country Fusion.

> Service was not good... they were extremely slow at everything... bringing menus, taking drink orders etc.,... kitchen was prompt once the order was taken.. but they don't have Multi-Course timing down pat. Also the staff seemed to have been recruited from Apple Bees or Coco's... not particuarly well trained or seasoned... plus the host was really absent minded... promised us a high chair.... disappeared then passed us multiple times without remembering it.

> The Green Salad certainly fit the Wine Country Fusion component... local Greens mixed with Onions & Thai Basil... unfortunately this was way overdressed, looked & tasted like a blend of Poppy Seed & Thousand Island.... not good at all.

> Family Style Entrees (Pad Thai with Shrimp, Chicken with Mint Leaves & a Beef dish I can't remember)... following the sappy Wine Country salad.... the next shocker was that the entrees we ordered were entirely traditional Thai with no fusion element at all. Unfortunately, these were prepared equivalent to a slightly-below average $6 Thai place with paper napkins... except for 2 to 3 times as much. One of the weaknesses of the $6 places is the chewyness of Chicken & Beef and the limpness of Shrimp.... Sea Thai did not offer any improvement whatsover.

Based on my one experience I did not find a single compelling reason to go back... I found the cooking at the Laotian owned Mekong Thai to be consistently better, less expensive within a nice if sparse dining experience.... and nothing at Sea Thai came even remotely close to the Duck & Pumpkin Curry at the place on Railroad Square.

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