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Jun 28, 2006 11:04 PM

Flavor Thai (Convoy San Diego)

Stopped in to Flavor Thai on Convoy for lunch today. Was a little skeptical at first, no Asians, all white folks (like myself), but after seeing an 8 year old manning the front counter and a delicious whiff of fish sauce I was soon comforted.

Ordered 3 dishes;

1. Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam) - Probably the best I've had in a restaurant in SD, plenty of crisp papaya and well dressed w/ just right amount of citrus and fish sauce and chili.

2. Larb Kai - Chicken was chopped, not ground. Good flavor, but no roasted rice powder, weakest dish.

3. Pad Thai - Good balance of flavors with firm thin noodles, stir-fried green onions were great.

All dishes were ordered hot (spicy), and did not disappoint, although I still requested and used the chilies in fish sauce and vinegar.

Service was good, friendly and efficient. I'm definitely be heading back. I've been to most Thai restaurants in SD, but I'm always on the look out for a new favorite, please let me know.


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  1. Where is Convoy? - I remember it was full of small ethnic restaurants but could not find it on my last trip to SD. Thanks.

      1. Worst Thai ever! the portions are small, the food is bland, the service is horrendus. I vowed to steer clear out of this establishment after the first time I tried it. Right down the street is Thai House, quite possibly the greatest Thai food I'd ever had.

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        1. re: Danimal n Hustler

          Sorry you had a bad experience, did you order the lunch special? I find it's always better to order off the menu, as opposed to the pick meat, pick sauce special deal. Been to Thai House and found it to be a step below Spices Thai, Som Tom had no fish sauce at all, Tom Yam lacked lemon grass scent and flavor, Larb Gai also had no toasted rice powder. Have to knock my home town a little, if San Diego Thai Food is the best you've had, it's time for a trip.


          1. re: stevuchan

            Been to Spices, wasn't impressed, everything was good but not GREAT. Thai House is hands down the best Thai in Clairemont, they're even rated by Zagat as the best Thai. I'm surprised Flavor Thai is still in business! Perhaps they cook towards a caucasian taste. and BTW it's Tom Yum not Tom Yam...

            1. re: Danimal n Hustler

              Ok smart guy, it's spelled both ways. Regional I guess. Here's a reference;


              In my above post I was stating that Spices was sub par (thought everyone here already knew) and TH was a step below.

              My tastes are far from Caucasian.

              Zagat also said Pampelmoose Grill is the best restaurant in San Diego 3 years running and gave high marks to Sammy's Pizza.

              Have fun with you Zagat book.


        2. I've had good food at Flavor Thai. I was actually introduced to it by a Thai girl that I knew. She loved the place.

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          1. re: Josh

            Just tried Flavor Thai last night. I'm not an expert on Thai food, but I am a big fan and eat it often, and this is hands down the best Thai I've had in San Diego. Anyone who thinks this place caters to caucasians is high; you have to flip through about six pages to get to the American standards. I'm kicking myself for not writing down the names of a couple of the dishes, but we started with an amazing hot and sour shrimp soup flavored primarily with lemongrass, chili, and mint (I want to say it was called Pho Khar?). I had the Siamese catfish, which was superb. The dish was very spicey but had a subtle sweet flavor I couldn't quite put my finger on. Finally I asked the waittress and she said it was tamarind (made sense once she said it). Amazing. My girlfriend had a dish that was a mixture of crab, rice, egg, lemon, and I'm not sure what else. Also very good.

            1. re: mangiatore

              Mangiatore, would you mind posting this as a new topic? This topic is quite old, and some people don't like to scroll down to the bottom of old posts.