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Thai Tida Lambertville NJ

flourgirl Mar 23, 2007 06:41 AM

We tried Thai Tida for the first time last night.

It's a pretty little place and the staff is friendly and welcoming. We thought the food was O.K overall, not great. We thought the fish cakes were flavorful, although a little rubbery. Spring rolls were hot, crisp, and flavorful. My green chicken curry was fragrant and tasty, but the chicken was a little tough, and the vegetables were cut in big, unattractive chunks that were slightly undercooked. Our 6 yr old ordered grilled beef, which arrived at the table just plopped on the plate with a bowl of dipping sauce. The beef was tender and delicious but it's presentation was offputting.

The service was spotty with some long stretches between sightings of our waiter. And although, we didn't experience it ourselves, we noticed that at least two of the surrounding tables were served the wrong orders.

I don't know how long this restaurant has been open. Are they still finding their feet or should they be there all ready?

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    JVU RE: flourgirl Mar 23, 2007 07:13 AM

    Any news on this??? Haven't heard a thing yet. Different than Siam? Please blog away...

    1. ambrose RE: flourgirl Mar 23, 2007 08:21 AM

      Thanks for this info. I was really hoping that Thai Tida would be a lot better than Siam in Lambertville.

      I am doomed to eat at Siam in the near future! Some friends want to go to a Thai restaurant and someone picked Siam based on a positive review he had read a year or so ago. Maybe I should e-mail him the recent comments on this board about Siam!

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        JVU RE: ambrose Mar 23, 2007 08:56 AM

        Check out the Thia rest. in Frenchtown. (can't remember the name). We had lunch there one afternoon and it was awesome. Some foodie friends of ours like it too - even his wife, how is quite picky likes it.
        It's located of the beaten path but right in town. Enjoy.

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          flourgirl RE: JVU Mar 23, 2007 09:10 AM

          JVU, how recently have you dined at the Thai rest. in Frenchtown? (It's Thai Chili, BTW) DH and I were only there once, and it was at least a couple of years ago, but we didn't think it was very good and never went back. Maybe we should give them another try?

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            ambrose RE: flourgirl Nov 10, 2008 06:08 AM

            I know this is an old thread but just wanted to note that Thai Chili in Frenchtown has closed. I don't know what happened but their location was very poor (way off the main drag).

            Does anyone know if this Thai Chili is (was) connected to the Thai Chili in Spotswood?

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          flourgirl RE: ambrose Mar 23, 2007 09:35 AM

          Another thing we noticed service-wise was that many of the dishes were served in covered pots (Is this traditional? I am not a Thai cuisine expert) . So when the server got to the table with everybody's dish, he ended up fumbling with all the pots and pot lids, peering into the contents of each pot, trying to figure out what the contents were and who it belonged to. Even my six year old son was a little surprised at that. (It happened with a table of 5 next to us and it took the poor server a long time to get it all straightened out.)

          But we might give Thai Tida one more chance in the future. Another poster on a different thread had recommended some dishes that we didn't try this time. And the curry I had was flavored well with the right amount of heat. But they weren't paying attention to how they were cooking the chicken and vegetables. We'll just have to see how they do next time.

          We definitely prefer Thai Tida to Siam.

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            njfuntimes RE: flourgirl Dec 30, 2007 02:57 PM

            was there last thur, thought it was kinda interesting to see curry served in the bowl with the top. the manager said they got those from thailand and that's how thai people do it there (that's why they call it "curry bowl") too bad my duck curry didnt come in the bowl.

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          SarahEats RE: flourgirl Mar 23, 2007 09:53 AM

          My husband's boss went here a few days ago and had a similar experience. He ordered the Pad Thai and said it was fine, but nothing special. He also mentioned that they were running at least an hour and a half for take out orders. Perhaps that explains the so-so food and the lackluster service.

          I think they are still finding their footing. I believe they've only been open a short while.

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            Sethboy RE: SarahEats Mar 24, 2007 09:07 PM

            Errr... I was going to say something but I forget what.

            They only very recently opened, waiting anxiously to try it.

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              flourgirl RE: Sethboy Mar 25, 2007 05:31 AM

              Thanks Sethboy and SarahEats - if this rest. just opened very recently we're going to wait a while and try it again down the road some time.

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                SarahEats RE: flourgirl Aug 10, 2007 07:45 AM

                flourgirl - I'm planning to try Thai Tida with friends in September so, if you want, I'll report back once we go.

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                  flourgirl RE: SarahEats Aug 10, 2007 09:01 AM

                  Oh, please do! I've been wondering if they've improved since we went that one time. I'll be looking forward to reading your post. :)

          2. ambrose RE: flourgirl Jan 16, 2008 07:24 AM

            There are several threads about this restaurant (just search Thai Tida) but I thought I'd resurrect this one to post a recent review from The New York Times:

            http://events.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/...

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              flourgirl RE: ambrose Jan 16, 2008 08:48 AM

              Thanks for posting this, ambrose. I think it's time I gave this place another try.

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                ambrose RE: flourgirl Jan 17, 2008 11:08 AM

                Hey, flourgirl,

                Looks like Thai Tida is getting a lot of attention. Here's yet another review, this one from the Time Off section of the Princeton Packet. It's better than a lot of reviews I've seen in Time Off because it actually tells you what the reviewers liked and what they did not. Even if the service at Thai Tida is somewhat impersonal, I'll live with it if the food is good!

                http://www.packetonline.com/articles/...

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                  SPDMSW RE: ambrose Feb 24, 2008 03:13 PM

                  Thai Tida is the most amazing and authentic Thai restaurant in the area. The staff / owners are the friendliest people that you could hope to meet. Eating in their restaurant makes one feel as though they were a guest in their house. I hate to say it, but Siam has alot of ground to make up since Thai Tida has opened. Siam is unfriendly, and expensive considering that the orders are equivalent to what one would expect at a Tapas restaurant.....At Thai Tida I always get the Fried Talapia in a Chili Sauce, which is just amazing. They recently added a whole sea bass and a red snapper to the menu, both are excellent. The curries are the best that i have had, and they have a appetizer of stuffed chicken wings that are amazing. If you really want to get adventurous try the Laotian offerings, they will not let you down. If i remember correctly, some of the recipies are from Jeffrey's grandmother "across the Mekong". Jeffrey is one of the nicest guys that you could ever hope to meet, he's also a talented chef, so don't be afraid to ask him for some cooking tips. We have been to Thai Tida at least 10 times and they have never let us down. Don't leave with some mango and sticky rice....or the coconut custard....It's heavenly.
                  I did read the Times review, which seems fair to me. The Packet online article was confusing to me, as Thai food should have some zing to it. I'm left wondering if the reviewer understands what Thai cuisine is about.

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                    jdahlk1 RE: SPDMSW Feb 24, 2008 03:57 PM

                    I am very tempted to hide in Thai Tida's kitchen and never leave. I have been to this restaurant several times, I was recently there 2 weeks ago. The food is always consistent, fresh, and full of flavor. I LOVE Thai food and have been to several Thai restaurants in the area, Thai Tida is without a doubt--THE BEST! The staff are always friendly and accommodating and the restaurant is warm and welcoming. I recently ordered a fish dish that was huge, I had dinner for 2 nights and it was very reasonably priced. They have a variety of sauces that are all wonderful and the chefs are willing to accommodate your preference of heat/spice in your dish. Sometimes when I eat at some restaurants I question how long my food was prepared before I actually came to eat it, at Thai Tida everything tastes made to order.
                    Delicious! Please don't pass this by!

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              frogophobic RE: flourgirl Feb 24, 2008 03:59 PM

              I have eaten at Thai Tida many times, and I like it (as I've said on other threads, probably). I'm no expert on Thai food, but I like some of their things (pad thai - they serve it with fresh, crunchy veggies - the spring rolls, and the chicken/pineapple dish). But then, some of the curries I've tried have been unimpressive, and I haven't liked the soups. It's usually packed on weekends, but not during the week.

              As for Siam - the one time I went in there, the hostess was rude, there was an hour wait, and the place absolutely reeked of fish... we turned right around and a passerby pointed us toward Thai Tida instead. Haven't been back to Siam since.

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                tom246 RE: flourgirl Sep 6, 2009 05:52 PM

                After a full day of walking Lambertville and New Hope we stopped in here for an early dinner. Attractive and comfortable place.
                We split a order of Larb Moo, laotian style spicy minced pork seasoned with chili and herbs, also had some mint, cilantro and roasted rice. Nice flavor for a started with heat that built.
                DW had the Green Chicken Curry, very fragrant with good flavor and heat. I had the Chicken Pad Thai, a solid rendition with toasted savory notes.
                First time here and we thought a good choice for a Thai fix. Off the beaten track a bit up North Union Street about 10 blocks from the center of town.

                1. jolivore RE: flourgirl Dec 23, 2009 04:43 AM

                  They've been there a while. I find the American owner/waiter intrusive, ignorant and in a hurry, the Thai staff are pleasant but they give him his head, and the food so-so; the coconut soup (tom yom goong?) downright poor: coconut milk straight up, but the fried whole snapper very good.

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                    lien0569 RE: flourgirl Dec 26, 2009 09:32 AM

                    Just moved to Lambertville and tried Siam but was disappointed, for many of the reasons already pointed out in other posts, not the least of which being the rude hostess and the stench of days old fish. I moved from Highlands, NJ, where fresh seafood is ALWAYS the starting point to any seafood dish. I know it can be difficult as a small restaurant to toss fish away after only a day or two but it must be done . . . I'd venture to say Siam does not have a 48hr policy on their seafood, to say the least. Oh and the rude hostess? I thought I'd give it another try and attempted to order pad thai take out for dinner. "We don't serve noodles for dinner, pfft . . . only lunch" Really?, I say a little surprised. "yeah, reeeally" she says in a most condescending voice. Okay then! guess I should of checked this one on chow hound first! lol

                    On to Thai Tida, which looks like a beacon of Thai restaraunts next to Siam lol, I ordered the closest thing to Pad see ew on the menu and the coconut soup. The Pad see ew was okay, but smothered in an unremarkable brown gravy. And I mean smothered as in I checked the menu again to make sure I didn't order some kind of soup. There was ample fresh chicken and Chinese broccoli but the noodles were nowhere to be found. Oh wait, there they are in a clump floating in the brown gravy. You could easily eat all the noodles in this dish with one lift of the fork. As for the coconut soup, I think the poster above summed it up perfectly, it tasted like straight up coconut milk. If I were to try to make coconut soup at home, that's probably how it would come out.

                    Of course, Siam being the alternative, I will give thai tida another try. In fact, Siam is the best thing Thai Tida has going for it lol

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