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"Original Krung Thai" vs. "New Krung Thai" in SJ?

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Does anyone know the story behind the 2 Krung Thai restaurants in SJ? I saw a couple of the past posts suggesting that the food is better at the "old" one (near Moorpark), and that the service is better, though the parking situation is worse and the decor is a bit shabby at the older one.

The "Old Krung Thai" web site ( http://www.originalkrungthai.com/ ) gives info on this location and the Mountain View location, but doesn't mention the "New Krung Thai" just up Winchester Ave. at all, which makes me wonder if there's an interesting story.

I've eaten in the new one and ordered out from the old one (both very good), but until just now it never occurred to me that there were any major differences in the food, but I wasn't really trying to compare, plus you really can't compare take-out vs. eat-in.

"Original Krung Thai"
642 South Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone : 408-260-8224

"New Krung Thai"
580 N Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA
95128-1530
Phone: (408) 248-3435

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  1. The one on 580 North Winchester, intersecting with Forest Ave. is much better. The owner of that one is the real authentic owner from the start. Basically Krungthai was originally a family owned restaurant, headed and started by the wife with all of her recipes. Later on they parted ways, the wife (who I'd really call the original real Krungthai creator and chef owns the 580 N. Winchester one. The ex-husband started and owns the 642 S. Winchester location which I personally think is kind of the knock-off.

    In the end I guess it's personal preference though!

    1. Adding links.

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      Krung Thai Restaurant
      640 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

      Krung Thai Restaurant
      580 N Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

      1. What about the third place?

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        Krung Thai Restaurant
        1699 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95128

        1. The Mountain View one is a branch of Original.

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          Krung Thai Mountain View
          590 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA 94040

          3 Replies
          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Any relationship to this one?
            Krung Thai Restaurant
            4130 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

            1. re: wolfe

              Probably not. Krung Thai is sort of a generic name. It's the name of one of the biggest banks in Thailand and of other Thai restaurants throughout the country.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              We loved Krung Thai in Mountain View a few years back when we went, but we recently went and had a really bland awful meal. Perhaps an off day?

            3. They were originally off of west san carlos st. (about 5 - 10 mins from both location). it is a family owned & operated business. the reason behind the split and name difference is the husband and wife has separated. my brother in-law is the owner's hair dresser. i've been a customer for over 5 years. the food and location at the new krung thai is better. hope this help answer your ?'s. ;o)

              1. I've been eating at Krung Thai since they were a hole-in-the-wall on San Carlos St. I still go there and don't notice much difference in food between the two locations. I will say, overall the food quality and value has declined at both locations over the past 5 years or maybe longer. I've always been a huge fan and considered theirs the best Thai around (including SF). Lately I've been to Thai Pepper more often, as Krung seems to have lost a step.