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  • Buck Jul 11, 2005 03:46 PM
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Tiny Thai restaurant at the Lang farm center in Essex, VT. is fantastic. Much better than the Burlington based Thai restaurants such as Parima, Loong Chat (terrible) and Bangkok Bistro (paeng maak...too expensive and not that great). My wife is Thai and she was a bit jaded after disappointment with all the Burlington area Thai establishments. After living in Bangkok for a year, I agreed with her that they were too "Americanized".
I decided to try Tiny Thai one day and was pleasantly surprised. Their Pad Thai is actually better than some I had in Bangkok just a few months ago.
In defense of all "real" Thai restaurants, they do their best to stick with authentic Thai ingredients but some of the spices and veggies are just too expensive or would spoil while being imported here. Then there are the others who just call themselves Thai (the absolute worst being that newly opened Thai take-out at University Mall) and serve up a bunch of noodles with some kind of canned sauce or load it up with American veggies (Loong Chats) to make it look like you're getting a lot of food.
The other excellent Thai restaurant is the Royal Orchid in Montpelier. Don't care much for the owner but I have to give the devil his due...food is excellent and totally Thai. There's Thai Basil in Stowe which is an unbelievably expensive establishment with mediocre food. Go with Tiny Thai or Royal Orchid, skip the others.

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  1. Thanks, headed to that neck of the woods soon, and LOVE Thai food, so this comes in handy.
    Prices?

    1. I totally agree about the excellence of Royal Orchid in Montpelier. I especially love their Penang Curry Duck, Yom Neur and Tom Kha. I really can't agree with you about Art, the owner, who I think is a sweet and funny guy. I am very curious about Tiny Thai though and will be trying it ASAP. BTW, I heard that Royal Orchid might be opening a second place, in either Morrisville or Stowe.

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      1. re: Rich Cianci

        I haven't had the chance to go to the Thai place in Montpelier in years (I moved out of the area) I'm so glad that it is still well-regarded.

      2. Completely agree with you on both counts. What makes us happy about Tiny Thai is that not only is the food better than the Americanized Thai in Burlington it's also cheaper.

        I don't know the owner of Royal Orchid but I love all of their duck dishes as well as everything else we've had there. We usually go on a slighly off hour for lunch so our toddler isn't too disturbing to customers and the service has always been wonderful.

        1. Just visited TT this evening and got some Pad Thai to take out (the first thing I always try at a new Thai place). It was delicious (got with chicken - also available with tofu or shrimp). Cost $7.50 and I couldn't finish the whole thing. There were lots of more interesting and yummy sounding things on the menu and I shall return. I also love Royal Orchid in Montpelier and go to Bangkok Bistro for the martinis! [There's a new Thai place in Burlington; took the place of Loong Chat's? Don't know the name; has anybody been?]

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          1. re: Joanna

            I definitely second the Tiny Thai recommendation. I was there with my wife last week and had a fabulous meal. The green curry sauce that was served with a the appetizer dumplings was outstanding.

            The veggies in all the entrees were perfectly cooked, the spices were just right, and the balance of ingredients was wonderful.

            Very much a pleasant surprise.

          2. Wow! I just came from Thai Orchid in Montpelier, having introduced my lovely woman to the place. She LOVED it!!! It's been one of my favorite places to eat for some time now... I work in Montpelier. Very much appreciate the reference to Tiny Thai in Essex. We will absolutely be checking that one out. That's just up the road from where we live (Williston). I've been to the Bangkok Bistro in Burlington, and I would have to agree it was OK, but not at all as good as the Thai Orchid and definitely expensive. I haven't been to Loong Chat's but after reading the above comments, I won't even bother.

            1. Agree that this place is one of the better Thai places that I have been to. Surprised to hear the buzz!

              1. I agree with you about the Tiny Thai in Essex. I love it. I'm just back from Bangkok and can't say I know much about Thai food, except that it was always good. I wonder if there is anyone in the Burlington area that would teach me a little about Thai cooking?

                1. Went back to Tiny Thai last night (the one in Lang Farm; still haven't been to their Winooski location). Had a delicious "mango madness" appetizer -- tilapia with mango and onion and cilantro. And a softshell crab main course with plenty left over for lunch today. A delicious meal. I did forget it's BYOB and didn't, but that was the only thing missing. The service was quite good, and when my friend said she was a vegetarian she was offered a vegetarian menu (and so didn't have to ask for each dish whether it had fish sauce or other such products). Highly recommended (and surprisingly, full on a Monday night at 6:30!).

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                  1. re: jhberkley

                    I went to Tiny thai as well. Very good. We had the chicken satay which was amazing and the ginger chicken stir fry. We recommend these options! Oh... and also the Pad Thai. Don't forget about that!!!

                  2. I was there a couple nights ago and did not think it was that great. The Tom Yam Gai (soup) was very good - one of the better versions I've had, and I've eaten at a lot of Thai Restaurants. I ordered the Krapow w/ Chicken & Beef. Both chicken & beef meats were overcooked and dry. The dish was lacking in a full flavour, and was not spicy as advertised.

                    I was all ready for dessert, but the waitress didn't come back to check on us for at least 15 minutes after the end of our meal, and so I got tired of waiting and wanted to leave.

                    The restaurant was totally full and it seemed everyone was enjoying their time and food, so maybe I just had a bad one-off experience. In any case, just thought I'd share.

                    I think CT has a much better selection of Thai Restaurants, so maybe I'm just spoiled.

                    1. I eat at The Royal Orchid once a week and have done for over a year. Top quailty food at excellent prices. I will try out TT for sure though!

                      1. Where is Lang Farm in Essex ? Is that where Mimmo's and the outlets are ?

                        Thanks

                        1. Tony,
                          I'm not sure what Mimmo's is, but it is in the Outlet spot. It's near Jockey and Foodies. I ate there once last fall and really enjoyed it. Funny, we were talking about going to a movie and eating at Tiny Thai last weekend, but did something else instead. Will have to check it out again! :-)

                          1. Update:
                            this resto is really good and very busy!
                            Hubby and I finally got their last night with our two (pretty well-behaved kids).
                            I love pad thai so I had to get that. I found it a bit sweet, but the chicken was moist, the flavors were good, and the bean sprouts were VERY fresh and crunchy. We had an excellent appetizer special which had toasted coconut with slices of lime and ginger plus peanuts, sprinkled with a sweet sauce and wrapped in a crisp lettuce leaf. Yum! Hubby had Tom Yam soup with Shrimp and moaned while eating it. He also had Pla Goong salad. Same reaction. I had the Som Tam salad, which I enjoyed, but my 1.5 y/o chowbaby poached all of the green mango while my 4 y/o picky child ate all the peanuts. Hubby also had Pad Kee Maow combo and loved it. We got the kids the Khao-Pat Supparot (mild fried rice with tofu, pineapple, raisins and veggies). 4 y/o picky child discovered that she likes tofu when it is deep-fried and not identified as tofu by those around her. :)

                            I saw one post from a patron that forgot it was BYO. We did too, but sweet clover market has just opened in the outlets and they have a decent selection of brews and wine. Our waitress was kind enough to put ours in the fridge until our entrees were ready.

                            Oh, and the fried banana with ice cream dessert was a good reward for the kids who gamely gobbled up most of what we put in front of them...mom and dad enjoyed a couple of bites too.

                            the only problem was the every time the door opened up, a blast of artic air swept through the dining area, so much that my older kid started screeching each time the cold air hit her legs. Maybe they should move the little screen to better block the gusts.

                            we'll be back!

                            1. I love Tiny Thai! I actually have never been to the Essex location, but I get take-out from the Winooski location at least once a week. It is by far my favorite Thai food in the Burlington area and the prices are very reasonable. I'm glad there's such a buzz about their food because I would be very sad if Tiny Thai ever closed!

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                              1. re: baby blue

                                Is Tiny Thai actually in Essex, or is that Williston? Just off I-89, where Rts 2, 2A, etc all head into Burlington?
                                Thank you!

                                1. re: sophie fox

                                  There are two locations -- Winooski and Lang Farm in the middle of the Essex Outlet Center. To get to the Essex Tiny Thai take Route 15 or the Circ.

                                  1. re: jhberkley

                                    We have only had take out form this location and it has been ok. Will report after an "inhouse" dining experience.