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Thai Thai BBQ in Culver City

J_in_CC | Feb 28, 200504:21 PM


We went to Thai Thai BBQ last night for an early dinner. The restaurant is on Culver (close to Washington and Culver merge) near the Pacific Theatre. It is a small quaint restaurant.

We had Pad Ta Lay ($9.50) and Pad See Yew ($5.25), two thai iced teas($1.50 ea), and steam rice ($1.50). Pad La Tay is an assortment of seafood in a thai chili sauce. This was a large dish with squid, shrimp, crab, fish with bell peppers and onions in a light sweet and spicy brown sauce. We were impressed with the quantity of seafood in the dish given the price. We enjoyed the mixture of hot spice with sweet sauce, but it was a little too sweet. It was clear that this dish had a lot of potential if it had just a tad less sugar. We still finished the dish in its entirety.

Pad See Yew is what I call the Thai version of beef chow fun. It is beef, egg, and Chinese-style broccoli with wide rice noodles. I was pleased to see Chinese-broccoli rather than the bushy pieces of broccoli. I've refrained from Pad See Yew in most Thai restaurants because I usually do not want so much of the "bushy" broccoli. The portion size was large again. Unfortunately, the Pad See Yew was disappointingly way too sweet. I ate most of the broccoli I could find, but we barely ate the dish.

The thai iced teas were okay. Again, a little too sweet, but not bad.

Overall, I still have hope for this restaurant. I feel like it has the potential for nice flavors, especially with the sauce in the Pad Ta Lay. If I can convince my wife to go again, I'd like to return and request less sugar (sweetness). We were pleasantly surprised to see trout on the menu. We don't see trout very often and were very tempted to get it. I wonder if the high sweetness level is a result of what they think their typical patron wants (i.e. dumbed down Thai).

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