Headed to Sripraphai the other night for the first time since the patio has been open this summer. Wow! They've totally redone the back patio, which now includes a fountain, lots of flowers, etc. Really nice atmosphere.
I got in my usual verbal battle with our waitress over how spicy we wanted our food. She won, and we unfortunately lost. She insisted that the food was already spicy. I insisted that my recent visits have found the food to be much less spicy than it used to be. My predicament was I was with two people who, although they enjoy pretty spicy food, couldn't handle all-out fiery thai food, so I relented to her insistence that the food would be plenty hot as-is.
Of course, it wasn't. Everything was delicious, but didn't have the fire we were looking for. Here's my question... if I order "thai spicy", and insist they serve me food with a level of heat on-par with what Thai customers eat, is it going to be inedible to my gringo pallete? Is Thai food served to Thai customers just really hot, or is it on a whole other level of heat?