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Sripraphai: bad food

I have been eating here at least once a week for a very long time. I was out of town for last few months, had my first meal this weekend. Ick. I mean it wasnt that the food was of a bit, it was downright bad. I had a catfish salad, drunken noodles, and a yellow curry. The drunken noodles had zero flavor. Just a tangle of flavorless noodles swimming in some grease. It was shocking. Has Sripraphai jumped the shark?
I have been faithful to this place for so long I hope this was just an error. Anyone else?

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  1. What time of day were you there? Was it crowded? I tend to avoid the really crowded times, since you never know if you'll get the B-cooks making the food during those times. All my bad Sripraphai experiences were on crowded weekends. Now I only go for lunch or weeknight dinners, and it's been pretty much the same high quality stuff.

    1. It was mid afternoon on sunday. NOt all that crowded. It was all bad, not just drunken noodles. I tend to try to dodge the crowded times.

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      1. re: driggs

        Not sure what to tell you, except that I've also experienced consistency problems there at times as well. Probably not as extreme as your's was. But even after those dips in quality, they seem to be back in form on the next visit. It seems to depend on who cooks the food.

      2. I was there this past sunday for lunch. We had the watercress salad, crispy pork with chili and basil, and green curry with chicken. I loved every minute of it.

        1. I spend a lot of time in Thailand so I don't really want to go to Sripraphai too often but my friends are always asking to go so occasionally I oblige. On my first visit this year the food was no where near what I had remembered it to be and didn't want to go back, but I' have been back 4 times in the last 4 months and had some of my best meals there ever. Drunken noodles (with beef only) is one of my favorite dishes, as well as the sauteed pork leg with chili and basil.
          I try to only go early on Monday and Tuesday nights, but I'm not sure that matters.

          1. I certainly hope the bad meal was an anomaly. Yet I get the sneaking feeling that despite still having pretty great food there is a greater risk of bad food. Such is success. I am glad for the owners though....

            1. A few more data points for people reading along and trying to figure out how much on an inconsistency issue there is with Sri.

              Most of the time we go on Saturday afternoons but a few times we've hit the place on Friday and Saturday nights just before the dinner rush. Very good meals every time. Maybe we're lucky. In any case we've never been there when the place has been packed which might explain why we've never had a problem.

              1. I went yesterday at 4:30 and it was wonderful. I had the pork leg el jefe recommended and it was a swirling kaleidoscope of flavors. The place was half empty. Just about all the patrons were Thai, probably from the nabe. I havent been since they opened the new building and things were just like the last time I went. Had I gone 20 minutes later it might have been a different story. The place started to fill up as I ate.

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                1. re: Brian S

                  We were there yesterday as well and arrived at 2:30. The place was jammed and there were only a handful of tables left. (It's unusual to see it jammed so late - the weather probably had something to do with it. People were eating to ward off the effects of the rain. :-) )

                  The food was outstanding as usual and as Brian observed, most of the patrons were Asians.

                  Report of Sri's decline remind me of the way the top gunfighters were treated in the old west. Everyone is looking to knock you off. When you're at the top the only way to go is down.

                  People have been posting about Sri's decline for three years now and it always turns out to have been an isolated incident.

                  (And no offense to Driggs. Like you, I expect the best at Sri and would be cranky if I didn't get it.)

                2. I now regret having posted this. I have gone two times since and both times have been great. Given the expansion my cynical side has been waiting for the place to go downhill. When I did get my first bad food (and it was seriously bad) I made to much out of it.

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                  1. re: driggs

                    you didnt do a wrong thing - Ive heard similar reports from others. its relevant that the quality level has gotten more variable, but Im glad you had some better luck later.

                    1. re: driggs

                      You have absolutely nothing to be apologetic about. Any restaurant is capable of having a down day. It's when a bunch of negative reports clump together that there is something to worry about, and the only way we can get a clump is if someone goes first.

                      I can't think of any popular restaurant that hasn't garnered a share of negative reports.

                    2. i'd say in general that sri hasn't gone downhill. i had a meal last week that was outstanding. however, two of my favorite dishes were changed quite a bit when they renovated. the fried catfish fillets in insane heat (i don't remember the name now) was gussied up a bit, and i much prefer the old. same with the green papaya salad. but there is plenty on the menu that i think is fabulous and best of class.

                      i have had mediocre food at sri but very, very infrequently. takeout is worse than eat-in, and busy times are sometimes worse than non-busy.