We're visitors from Toronto (Canada) and we usually scour Chowhound before every trip. We unfortunately got stuck in rush hour trying to get to Il Pescatore on a friday. The kids in the back were screaming and hungry and we couldn't take it any longer, so we peeled off to the first resto we saw, which was Viet Thai Cafe in Orlando. Our expectations were really low, since the place was completely empty at 6pm on a friday night. Certainly not a fancy decorated place, but bright and clean with an open kitchen.
We ordered the following:
clear noodle and egg noodle soup w/ shrimp/squid
Yum Beef (spicy sauce seared med rare w/ herbs)
drunken noodle (flat rice noodle)
yu choi veggie stir fried w/ soya sauce
crispy calamari w/ red peppers (w/ sweet n spicy dipping sauce)
rice vermicelli w/ chicken
big bowl white rice on side
The standout dishes were the Yum Beef (cooked and seasoned perfectly), the Crispy Calamari and the yu choi veggie stir fry. The other dishes were also well done too, with an abundance of fresh ingredients (including the shrimps, squid, etc). The heat from the wok was fantastic on their stir fried dishes. Portions were quite good given the decent prices. Our final bill was $55 including all taxes.
Service was very friendly, despite my screaming 2 yr old daughter. I asked the owner whether they were Vietnamese or Thai, and it turns out they're actual from Laos.
They do have an online menu as well, if anyone is interested in seeing what other dishes they serve. Some of the dishes I wouldn't mind trying if i were to venture back include the Thai fish cakes, Tom Yum soup, Crispy whole fish, or the Bo Luc Lac (Viet shaking beef). Definitely worth trying if anyone is interested more in authentic tasting Vietnames and Thai food, without putting a huge dent in your wallet.
Viet Thai Cafe
1925 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809