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PlanET Thailand? With Sushi???

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  • Daniel Sonenberg Jul 12, 1999 09:44 AM
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Had dinner Saturday night at Plan Eat Thailand in
Williamsburg, which seemed as full, trendy, and
delicious as ever (their two great dishes: Pad Thai,
and Spicy Squid Salad did not disappoint). However
there are some very distressing things afoot. A posted
announcement, as well as a message on each menu first
of all lists the name as "Planet Thailand"--which I
know was the original name. But why abandon the far
more interesting, humorous, and original name they were
forced to adopt. Also, they are moving around the
corner, and adding a sushi bar and hibachi-style
Japanese cuisine. This strikes me as catastrophic. I
HATE places that are catch-all pan-asian collectives
(Chinese-Japanese being the main offender). Why must
they tamper with a good thing? This is almost
definitely the end, and I'll have to go instead to the
even-more-difficult-to-get-to Thai Cafe. All things
must pass.

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  1. I AM WITH YOU A 110% I SAW THE SIGN TWO DAYS AGO AND
    FELT KINDA SICK. AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK THAI
    CAFE IS NOT AN OPTION REGARDLESS OF LOCATION. THE FOOD
    JUST DOES NOT MATCH UP.

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    1. re: R.L. JOHNSON
      r
      Richard Beyers

      As I stated in an earlier post, I disagree. Thai Cafe,
      to my palette, is far superior. I stopped going to
      PlanEat Thailand several disappointing meals ago.

      1. re: Richard Beyers

        Gotta weigh in on the Thai Cafe side - PlanEAT
        Thailand has become very uneven of late.

        While on the subject of sushi & Williamsburg - avoid
        the sushi joint on Bedford between North 6th & North &
        7th. The food isn't terrible, but the service is the
        worst I've ever experienced - two nights running - two
        different waiters.

        1. re: Governor

          I am so down with the "yucky" seafood comment. Was I
          eating octopuss or rubber bands? I shall never know.
          Maybe I have to give this place a second chance.

          1. re: r.l. johnson
            d
            Daniel Sonenberg

            I'm really surprised to see so many people having lost
            faith in Plan Eat Thai. I've really never been
            disappointed, but perhaps it's because I generally
            order the same stuff. As a fish-eating vegetarian
            (oxymoron?) seafood entrees are crucial to me, and
            despite Jim's statements to the contrary, I've never
            had rubbery calamari or shrimp at Plan Eat, and if
            that's Thai Cafe's weak point then I guess I'm right
            to be bumming. My only complaint about the last trip
            was that even the "hot" pad thai wasn't as firey as in
            the days of old.

            -dan

            1. re: Daniel Sonenberg

              my "take" on the two (and I must confess that this isn't one of my most up-to-date opinions) is that Plan Eat Thai has better seafood quality, but Thai Cafe tastes better in general. And I prefer a very good kitchen with known pitfalls to a slightly-less-good-one that's consistent (I put a lot of effort into pointing out those pitfalls for readers). In any case, am not dissing Plan Eat Thai. I'd gladly eat there any time!

              ciao

        2. re: Richard Beyers

          "Thai Cafe, to my palette, is far superior. I stopped going to
          PlanEat Thailand several disappointing meals ago"

          I agree...which was why I included only the former in my book. But even Thai Cafe can be inconsistent. I've had yucky seafood (now stick to meat/chicken/veg) there.