We went at lunch at Yum Thai today, arrived at approx 1:15 pm. We had the Erik M. translated menu with us.
There were 4 of us. We got the regular menu and the lunch menu. We ordered individually, so I take no responsibility for others' orders, but I still feel compelled to discuss them.
One ordered the beef with broccoli from the lunch menu ($4.95). The beef looked of very poor quality IMO. Another ordered the shrimp, crab and some other fish fried rice (6.95). The crab was of the fake variety, but otherwise it was a typical fried rice (which I would never order as an entree myself). DH ordered pad kra praow (spicy basil and beef) from the regular menu, figuring it was the same as from the Thai menu ($4.95). The waitress did seem to assume he wanted the 'basil beef' from the lunch menu (perhaps one of our downfalls?). I orderd phat sii-yu ($4.95) from the Thai menu, asked for a little spice. We ordered tiger cry (the main reason for the trip) from the thai menu (forget the thai name at the moment and can't get Eriks site to load) and chicken satay from the regular lunch menu.
DH's entree had the same poor quality beef as the beef with broccoli. The sauce was delicious, but in general the dish was absolutely no comparison to Opart, our gold standard. The beef in the Tiger cry was disgusting at best. It was a cheap cut of beef that was not marinated or tenderized at all, and about 50% of it was gristley fat. The only flavor added to the dish was the dipping sauce, which was quite tasty, if the dish had only not been ruined by the poor quality of the beef.
Sadly, the satay never came and the waitress took it off the bill, so negative points for bad service in an absolutely empty dining room. Oh, I also forgot to mention that the tiger cry *appetizer* came out after the entrees. What a tragedy.
My dish was tasty enough, I loved the noodles, but it severely lacked flavor (not enough soy?) and had absolutely no hint of the spice I had asked for.
What did we do wrong? I realize not everyone wanted offerings off the 'official thai menu', but should that have affected those of us that were there for authentic cuisine? Should we have asked for chopsticks? Did we need to be pretentious and ask for the thai menu versus simply order the thai authentic items in the thai native language? Is it because we were there during a slow time? I was so excited to go here and so disappointed when I got there. Please share with me how to enjoy this restaurant better next time...