Yesterday, I went to two Thai resturants. The first was an intentional trip to Ler Ros Thai, which as many chowhounders know, is the most amazing Thai resturant with incredible, complex flavors and commitment to authenticity.
Unfortunately, I also went to Thai Noodles yesterday as well. This was not planned, but a long bike ride after dark turned out to be longer than expected, and we got to Berkeley past 9:30 and absolutely starving. Thai Noodle was the first place we saw that was open, and I remebered reading favorable Yelp reviews and decided to try it.
I ordered the pumpkin red curry. It was absolutely horrible. It was obviously extremely watery, and when I first tasted it, it was overwhelmingly and disgustingly sweet. It was like sugar water with a bit of coconut and yellow coloring. I asked for fish sauce, and through the liberal application of dried chili, fish sauce and vinegar I was able to make it edible. Keep in mind, I had just finished a 30 mile bike ride and was absolutely ravenous, and it still tasted horrible.
Once I got the flavor to a decent (though not good) point, I then tried the pumpkin. It was barely cooked. I couldn't eat it. The bell peppers were essentially raw. And sadly, the pork was overcooked. I don't understand how you can create a dish that is simultaneously undercooked and overcooked, but they managed it. I would have sent it back but I was too hungry to wait so I just doused it all in sambal olek and ate it. The rice luckily was edible.
I also tried my companion's dish, he got thai bbq over rice. It tasted like bad Chinese food.
Overall, I would say that this place represents everything that is bad about Americanized Thai food. I would never, ever go back here. I also don't understand all the positive reviews on Yelp. I guess Americans love bland, sugary food.
Has anyone had a positive experience here? This place should be avoided at all costs if you are a foodie!
1936 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704