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Excellent Thai in New Brunswick

Rutgers student Oct 9, 2005 01:54 PM

I'm looking to take someone special to a nice Thai place in New Brunswick (the closer to Rutgers the better). Price range: moderate-high

Any suggestions?

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    Harlan RE: Rutgers student Oct 10, 2005 12:58 PM

    One Choice: Pad Thai, Route 27 Highland Park (Just over the bridge) or its sister place on Stelton Rd in Piscataway (cant remember the name). The HP location has a liquor Lic too.

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      dan RE: Harlan Oct 13, 2005 03:39 PM

      Pad Thai used to be good, many moons ago. The meat products they use are of sub-standard and service is quite poor. Complained to the owner but he yelled back. good luck. i will never visit any of their restaurants, ever.....

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        Harlan RE: dan Oct 14, 2005 05:26 PM

        So whats better??

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          prabs15 RE: Harlan Oct 17, 2005 09:32 AM

          Jasmine Thai on Elm St (?) in New Brunswick - small, but good, and moderately priced.

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            jpfracksgirl RE: prabs15 Sep 3, 2006 04:39 PM

            Jasmine Thai on Elm street is really good. I order from them all the time and the owners are super nice. Their food is the most authentic Thai food I've ever eaten in New Brunswick. Try the Pla Lad Prig or Lad Naah. Tod Mun Pla for appetizers too! Really yummy!! CAUTION: do not go to Thai Fusion on Easton Ave!!! Their food SUCKS! it's not even CLOSE to real thai food, the people there are Chinese who don't know what they're doing. They mask their incompetence to cook thai food by using the word "Fusion" so they can get away with not getting the food right.

            I apologize if my critique of Thai Fusion is so harsh, it's just that I'm a Thai person, and I feel that they have defiled what Thai food really is.

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          Lorraine RE: dan Jan 4, 2006 03:03 AM


          Agreed! They use nasty meat. And it's drafty with bad service.

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        mellon977 RE: Rutgers student Sep 5, 2006 02:03 AM

        New one on Easton Ave Chao Pthaya ..just opened

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          Gabbeh RE: Rutgers student Dec 3, 2006 08:35 PM

          Based on this thread my husband and I tried Chao Pthaya (900 Easton Avenue) this weekend and feel we have finally found a Thai restaurant we can enjoy in central Jersey. The food was well prepared and spiced--mild had enough of a hit to clear your sinuses but not enough to make you feel like you could not taste the food. We had a salad that combined squid, thin slices of chicken and shrimp, a crispy shrimp dish with a tamarind sauce, and a wild boar special with coconut milk and strands of peppercorns. ALl dishes came with nice servings of vegetables that had been as carefully prepared as the meats--crispy and fresh. The food is not cheap, but worth every penny. I'd love to hear other's experiences.

          1. seal RE: Rutgers student Dec 3, 2006 11:18 PM

            Glad you had a nice meal at Chao Pthaya, I will definately try the place as I work in New Brunswick and love thai food.

            I have to dissent on Pad Thai. I have eaten and enjoyed thai food in some of the highest rated places in the usa (queens, las vegas, nyc, all up and down the west coast) and I have never had a better Kao Pad Koon Chieng (sausage fried rice) than I have at Pad Thai.

            I also disagree about the quality of their beef, as I love their preparation of Tod Kratien Prig Thai (meat with garlic and black pepper) and I always get it with either beef or shrimp.

            Their curries and salads, especially the excellent Yum Koon Chieng, or sausage salad and understated (for them as their norm is fiery hot) beef panang and perfectly cooked jumbo shrimp and avocado curry are as good as any, with the possible exception of Lotus of Siam in vegas.

            Please continue to stay away, as the crowds make it hard for me to eat in the 40 minutes I get for lunch ;o)

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              piccola RE: Rutgers student Dec 4, 2006 02:16 AM

              I actually enjoyed Pad Thai when we went there recently for an office party.

              Their veggie dumplings are some of the best I've ever had, and though the peanut sauce is a little on the sweet side, the rice paper rolls it came with were very tasty.

              We got attentive but not intrusive service.

              I plan on going back, or at least ordering some dumplings to go.

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                thseamon RE: Rutgers student Dec 9, 2006 08:08 PM

                I have eaten at Chao Phaya twice and I totally endorse it. Great food and friendly staff.

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                  cranrob RE: Rutgers student Jan 2, 2007 02:29 PM

                  Finally got to Chao Phaya last night ( http://chaophaya.com/ by the way), and I was very impressed. Definitely the best Thai food I've had in a long time. We used to go to the Four Seasons in Piscataway regularly before the staff all left about 6 years ago. To our surprise, the owner of Chao Phaya (Kenny) was our favorite waiter/cook over at the Four Seasons!

                  We had Pad Thai, which was excellent. Tangy and extremely flavorful. Penang Curry with Beef - also excellent - rich, smooth, perfectly balanced. I can't wait to return.

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