Food Porn: Taste of Thai

Occasionally we are really late to the party when it comes to awesome restaurants. Even after 3 1/2 years we still have a long list of places to eat that we know are going to be good. Taste of Thai has been pretty high on that list for a while now; our old roommate loved the place and I’ve read a glowing review from Nina Barone. I had an idea in my head of what the place would look like, but when we walked in I was a little disappointed at how much the seating and decor reminded me of a Chinese Buffet rather then a trendy hip restaurant (but in the end, it really didn’t matter what the decor looked like). Alli and I first visited on a Friday night and were worried about waiting for a seat, luckily the dining room is very large and can hold a good amount of people. (Also important to note, they dont have a liquor license but you can bring your own wine/beer.)

We haven’t tried many Thai restaurants and when looking up our other Thai reviews I noticed that we have a grand total of 4 restaurants on the site, with our most recent a visit to Jasmine Thai in January of 2011. When we arrived to Taste of Thai and started looking over their menu I was paralyzed by the number of items and choices. So, instead of writing a review after our first visit, I decided to wait until we went back a second time and had an opportunity to try more of the menu before giving a final judgement.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual, BYOB
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Prices: Entrees $10-15, Appetizers $6-10
  • Location: North Buffalo

We didn’t really go too wild with our menu choices on our first visit, we started our meal with an order of their Spring Rolls (gallery). The outer wrapping was nice and flaky and their sauce was tangy, sweet and a little spicy. The rolls were packed with cabbage but not that much chicken, still it was a nice snack to start the meal. For dinner Alli ordered the Khow Mungai (Chicken over Herb & Spiced Rice with Sweet House Sauce, pictured above), what you can’t see is a mound of spiced fried rice that was underneath the large pieces of chicken. The chicken itself was very nice and juicy, with a savory “house” sauce that was poured on top. The rice underneath was the star of the dish (imagine jasmine rice tossed in a whole array of spices) and I almost ate the entire plate myself. What you’ll find about almost all of Taste of Thai’s dishes is they are served “Family Style”, a large pile of food that is meant to be shared amongst the guests at your table.

My order of Prew Wan (Sweet & Sour Sauce with Cucumbers, Pineapples, Onions, Tomatoes, pictured top) aka Sweet & Sour with Pork was another hit at the table, so much so that when we decided to return for another visit Alli ordered it again. The sweet and sour sauce that covered the vegetables and pork would satisfy even the pickiest eater, the tomatoes seemed like an odd addition to the dish but otherwise it was pretty delicious.  Getting a bite of pineapple and pork was my favorite part of the dish, especially with the spicy sauce.

On our second trip I decided to order something different and, taking inspiration from Nina’s Buffalo Spree review, I ordered the Pud Met Muang (Cashew Nuts, Veggies, Bamboo Shoots in Red Curry Paste, pictured above) with pork.  This dish had some nice heat, the red curry sauce didn’t have a sweet coconut flavoring like other curry’s I’ve had (I know, I need to expand my curry experiences, I’m working on it) but instead had a thin tomato sauce texture.  The pork was a little over cooked compared to my Prew Wan dish, but the flavoring, onions, bamboo and cashews all made up for it.

On our first visit the server asked what level of heat we’d like on our dishes, we said medium for both but really only my Prew Wan (Sweet & Sour) dish had any noticeable heat. On our second visit the server was very entertaining and friendly but failed to ask either of us about any heat level so I guess for our next visit I’d go out of my way to ask for the dishes to be a little spicier. One of our favorite memories of our Jasmine Thai visit was the actual numbing of our tongues, I’d like to recreate that feeling again.

Even though we went into this meal with higher than average expectations, other than some confusion with heat levels, we left very satisfied on both visits.  The dishes are incredibly affordable (almost everything is under $12) and the ability to share your plates with everyone and bring your own booze? What’s not to love?

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One thought on “Food Porn: Taste of Thai

  1. Taste of Thai has always been our favorite Thai place in (around) Buffalo. The lack of a liquor license isn’t anything new, we’ve brought our own for a good number of years…it’s actually kinda nice if you know about it ahead of time.

    I would also suggest that you try the Fresh Spring rolls next time (not cooked except for the shrimp), they are a really nice starter.

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