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Simply Thai, Rockville Center


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Simply Thai, Rockville Center

dude | Aug 30, 2004 01:43 PM

Out of desperation and laziness, the wife and I tried this place Saturday night. Normally we'd go to Jai-ya in Hicksville for Thai, but we didn't want to shlep, or spend tehe $70-80 that I know we'd drop there ('cause we're pigs.)

Service was good, the room ordinary. I thought pricing a bit high.

We ordered pad thai, "pad garlic" with beef, and "(something) Mermaid", whole fried fish in (sic.) "swee/spicy sauce."

The pad thai was fair: it did taste appropriately like pad thai, but without much kick, minimal scallion and no sprouts mixed in, so texture was wrong. Also contained chicken, instead of the shrimp we were accustomed to. Alas, this was the best dish, about $9.

The "garlic beef" had no garlic whatsoever. It was pretty much beef in soy sauce with scallions, served on shredded lettuce. I've gotten better from a Chinese lunch plate of beef with brocolli. The wilty lettuce in sauce was the best part. About $10.

The fish was a striped bass, indeed fried whole, on a lovely pedestal platter drenched in a thin red sauce with red pepper strips. It was sweet (cloyingly), but not at all spicy. The highlight (aside from digging the cheeks out of the head) was the crispy fried skin I pulled off the upper side and ate. The sauce was gross, though I did use as lube for some rice. Unfortunately the underside of the fish had soaked in this sauce, so the skin on bottom wasn't so good. Market price, $19.95 that day.

The bottom line is that the Thai food here was barely worthy of the appelation.

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