President Thai in Pasadena
Pasadena is hardly the most fertile stomping ground for good Thai cuisine, but President Thai on Rosemead Blvd. is definitely worth a trip. The ambiance adds to the overall flavor - designed to look like a Thai temple of sorts complete with trickling water falls and golden buddha statues.
The Pad Thai is teeming with seafood and the satay is excellent - served with sticky rice! Reasonable prices too. I'm a fan!
Just went to President Thai this past weekend. The place is very large but the parking situation sucks. They have a small lot which fills up fast--your other option is parking on the street, which is busy and cars go fast.
The food was really good, the best Thai food in Pasadena. We had the spicy duck salad, fried soft-shell crab in a spicy sauce, pad thai with chicken (for the kids), chinese broccoli with crispy pork, and crispy sea bass in a chi-chi sauce (red curry base.) The interior of the restaurant is peaceful and spacious with many fountains especially on the outside patio. The duck salad featured crisp-skinned suck breast in a lime/mint/chili vinagrette with greens. The soft-shell crab was fried well, not greasy, served with a red chili/slightly sweet sauce on the side. The pad thai tasted fresh, not too sweet. The sea bass had a crispy skin and moist flesh, with a rich red curry sauce. I probably wouldn't order it again b/c I like fish fillets better, but it was tasty with the sauce on top. My favorite dish was the Chinese broccoli with crispy pork--the chunks of pork were crispy and savory, not greasy at all.
We had ordered take--out from President Two, hoping that the dishes might be similar, but were sorely disappointed. The pad thai was dark brown and tasted old, with clumps of stuck-together noodles. I asked for Chinese broccoli and they gave me beef with broccoli instead, very uninspired tasting. The 3 flavors shrimp were basically those breaded shrimp you can buy in the store with a too-sweet sauce on top. And lastly, we ordered chicken with chilies and tofu, and it was just average. Won't be ordering from there again. But we were really happy with President Thai!!
I've only been to President Thai once, but I'm definitely going back soon. We sat out on the patio and thought it was really lovely--my husband spent a year in Thailand back in his Air Force days and he found the atmosphere at President Thai to be very reminiscent of Thailand. The food was all good...I just have nothing but rave reviews for everything we tried. I'm vegetarian and had no trouble finding PLENTY on the menu, and that's always a good thing.
I like President Thai. Its close and convenient for me and I think the food is good, much better than Saladang, and much more reasonable. Almost erything I have ordered is good, I especailly enjoy the Larb, which I somtimes get to take in. Its not Thai town, as there are many on this board who only like the Tahi there. But I enjoy it. The parking does suck, but the service is usally very good.
We haven't been in a while; we've gone to the new location only once, and thought both the food and the atmosphere had strangely suffered. The old place was small and crowded, but very friendly and the food was very good. Cheaper than Saladang Song, and better on some things, though not everything (as long as SS has those corn fritters on the menu it remains at the top of my list!). But I don't know whether it was the lackadaisical attitude of the mostly teenage servers in the new building or the two families' worth of screaming children running madly around, but we could hardly pay any attention to the food and have not been back. At least in the old place the owner was right there keeping an eye on things, and service was always snappy.