Was starving Saturday evening after running errands around town with my boyfriend. We needed to pick something up from Grapevine Market so I thought - Lets order food from 'Satay,' it's good, local, and we're just getting noodles. Boy, what a huge disappointment.
First off, it took the very confused girl at the cash register forever to even notice me and her attitude of 'I'd rather be anywhere else but here' started everything off on a sour note.
We simply ordered Dumpling Lovers ($7.95/5 assorted dumplings), Pad Thai with tofu at $9.95, and their DWI noodles with beef for $9.95. We were then off to Grapevine Market to grab some goodies while our food was being prepped.On a side note - the service at Grapevine Market's cheese counter was horrible - but that's another topic! After 15 minutes - back to Satay. I was told by the same girl that the food was not ready then was then ignored for the next 10 minutes. During this time another worker came out and dug through the part of my order that was ready - opening each container - checking them even though they had been labeled and bagged already. Strange. Finally almost 1/2 an hour after placing the order, they were not busy and it wasn't Pecking freakin duck, our $30 dollar order was ready.
Back to the shacket for the unveiling... WOW.
Dumplings: dry, small, 2 out of the 5 were downright nasty, and they of course were cold. We had had better from the frozen section at MT Market.
DWI Beef: This dish consists of "Flat rice noodles stir-fried with your choice of meat, broccoli, tomato, onion, Thai basil leaves, Thai chili pepper and sweet soy sauce." First off the $10 dollar dish filled only half of the Styrofoam takeout container. The mass was obviously overcooked, sticky, dry, and contained a sprinkling of beef and overcooked broccoli. The flavor was nice but my poor boyfriend was left hungry and not satisfied with his meal.
Tofu Pad Thai: Generous $10 dollar portion and nice flavor, but nothing to write home about. Although Pad Thai might be considered a boring dish, I have a weakness for it when it's done correctly. A dish that should be a strong staple for an established restaurant like Satay.
I have yet to post a review on this site; usually just chiming in on other posts. I felt like this was a deserving place even though the owner is a wonderful person who really brought a lot of attention to the Asian culinary scene in Austin. My boyfriend reminded me that he had 'fired' Satay years ago - now I know why. We'll stick to Thai Kitchen, Chon Som, and Ka Prow for our Pad Thai and other noodles from now on...