Thai in Conshy
- lani Dec 29, 2004 02:39 PM
Anybody know anything about the new Thai place in Conshohocken? We live in Montco, love Thai food and always go to Silk Cuisine in Bryn Mawr. Disappointed in Thai Orchid in Blue Bell...has gone downhill since it opened. Always looking for the next best Thai place with great Pad Thai and curries. Is this it?
I was very excited when the Thai place opened up. However, I don't know if the food suffered from my not eating in (you know how the food gets kinda steamed), but I thought the pad thai to be a bit on the sweet side. (I'm definitely not a fan of sugary sauces or fruit with savory food). However, I have heard the duck is good there. I was also wondering how their soups were if anyone had tried them.
I have been to Katiem Thai Restaurant many times and have done both take out and eat in. The owner is incredibly obliging- no doubt due to financial desperation...
No decor whatsover, and clean.
I have ordered several dishes, but most often the pad thai. Served in large portions, the noodles are on the sweeter side - and only get sweeter after steaming in a take out box. I prefer a more tangy dish, loaded with lime juice. They only offer one form of curry- I believe it was green. Nonetheless, everything is fairly priced. One of my friends ordered a coconut soup that was loaded with mushrooms - she seemed to enjoy it.
If you live in the area, I wouldn't miss it. It's the best I've found in it's price range in the area.
i moved to the area less than two months ago, and i've only been to katiem thai a few times. it's passable if you live less than a mile from it. no ambience whatsoever; i recommend getting takeout (hm, think they'd pick up financially if they offered delivery?). there was nothing on the skimpy menu that looked particularly interesting but the owner is more than willing to make anything you desire. long story short, it's okay but not what i'm looking for. the place opened doors here about 6 months ago, moving from a place in ardmore. they may need a few months to get some grease on the grill. :)
so far i've been there, and also to thai orchid, lemon grass, a place in newtown square and a place right off south street in the city (a couple blocks from the end of the street). wish i could remember the name of that one, because it was fantastic and worth the trip!
Nadia Thai at Lansdale station is exceptional. Great duck, fish, vege curries (esp Jungle Queen). Nominally French-Thai; actually LaoThai.
I forgive their discontinuing the best-of-Montco soup. We are there most every Sat/Sun nite. Casual.
My favorite is Sabai Thai in Newtown Square on Route 3. It looks a little scary from the outside. My husbank had to drag me in the first time we went but it is the best Thai around. The service is friendly and the food is excellent. Try the massaman curry dish.
Heng's Thai is also very good (Newtown Sq and Springfield). We also like Sabai but it's a bit pricier for pad thai I think.
wow, this post is hysterical!! i'm brynn (that was in the days of the old-school board) who posted above when i very first moved here! i've been here nearly two years now. where does the time go?!
anyway, so this isn't a totally useless post, the place mentioned above has since changed names (but not really menus) to chiangmian (sp?) and i still don't like it. jenw, sabai must be the one at rt252 + rt3? if so, that was the one i visited when i first moved to this area. i had the drunken noodles. to this day, i still remember them seeming like penne pasta drenched in soy sauce. not pleasant. perhaps i will try again.
my favorite thai place is erawan at 23rd and walnut, hands down.
second favorite is thai pepper (now 'flavor by thai pepper,' what a cheesy name) on lancaster ave in wayne.
my, i've come a long way!!
Yes, Sabai Thai is at Routes 252 and 3. You should give it another try, as it is consistently good (never had the drunken noodles, maybe that's why I like it). I would like to try other Thai places for comparison purposes. BTW, the very best Thai place I've eaten at is in Las Vegas. If you ever get out there you must, I repeat MUST, go to Lotus of Siam, off the strip. Travel tip: make reservations or you will sit around for at least an hour.
i'll give them another try at some point. they are horribly out of the way for my lunch break so i'll have to wait for a day when the bosses are out of the office. :)
if you find yourself out looking for other thai to compare them against, try erawan and thai pepper mentioned in my previous post, i think those two are the best around. there are two thai pepper locations, wayne and ardmore. i prefer the former for its modernized decor. should be noted (IMHO) the wine selections are awful though. they managed to find just about the most flavorless sauvignon blancs on the market.
pad thai at 2nd and south in the city is pretty good too, though on recent visits have found their food heading slightly downhill. siam lotus at 9th and spring garden is also good, but rarely open, hard to find (look for the neon 931 sign), and some might say the block is sketchy. the thai place in the reading terminal market has an incredibly limited menu but the owner of erawan works there (owns it, too, maybe?) and they are consistently good. siam cuisine on arch in chinatown makes a mean pad thai (usually not my favorite dish, but incredible here) and a good lemon grass soup, but service is so-so.
as far as NOT traveling into the city goes, there aren't a whole lot of options. there's thai orchid in berwyn (next to a CVS and a pizza parlor on rte-30) and lemon grass thai in KoP (s henderson rd next to the genuardi's). they are both so-so. the menus are similar at both but i think i prefer the cooking (for the corn cake appetizer mainly) at KoP's lemon grass.
the two thai places i tend to avoid are the one in conshy, and one of the two (the one on chestnut st) in west phila.
I went to Pad Thai two weeks ago - did it change? It used to be my favorite. The curry was bland. The prices may have gone up as well.
Are the menus are the two Thai Peppers the same? I should try the Wayne location.
Chang Mai in Conshohocken is great for lunch. I can't remember the exact price but it's something like $10 for a 3 course lunch (soup, app and entree). Excellent deal!
I also agree that Thai Pepper is very good, but if you are looking for traditional Thai you won't find it there. The food is very inventive. Give the soup with the saphron a try!
Right up the block from Thai Pepper in Ardmore there is a BYO Thai place called Siamese Princess that "recently" had the interior renovated. Very good as well.