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Jun 4, 2007 01:43 PM


Are there any good Thai recs in Central Jersey? Looking to go between Red Bank and AC..

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  1. There's Siam Garden, in Red Bank. I've never been but have heard good things about it. Perhaps Hounds who have eaten there will chime in.

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    1. re: RGR

      Have been there probably 5 times over the last 4 years or so. The first four were great, the last (about a year ago) not up to par. Could have been an off night. Most folks I know have enjoyed it. The restaurant is nicely decorated and is housed in a great old brick building called The Galleria which has numerous shops and a couple of restaurants.

      1. re: RobertinRedBank

        I too have had some good meals at Siam Garden.

        The owners of this restaurant claim that they serve only authentic Thai food but I'm not sure this is true. Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed my meals there but I've been to a couple of places with Thai food mavens and they say the dishes at Siam Garden have been adjusted to suit American tastes. That said, I would still go there for a great meal.

        I do find the prices are high at Siam Garden but hey, you're in a high rent district in Red Bank!

        Surely this cannot be the only good Thai place between Red Bank and AC?

      2. re: RGR

        Have to be honest - was recently (about a month ago) served RAW (no, not rare - absolutely never-touched-heat-still-quacking duck in my curry.

        While I will admit the waitstaff was sweet and extremely apologetic, the whole experience left a pretty bad taste in my mouth, so to speak.

        My fiance's pad thai (No, not authentic, but still....) was pretty terrible as well.

      3. Far East Taste, not traditional Thai, but the best Asian in the area. Rt. 35 in Eatontown.

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          1. re: Herm

            I was disappointed in that restaurant last night. We got food to go and the General Tsos chicken was not the way I remember it. It was loaded with carrotts, broccoli, water chestnuts, and more vegetables. The pieces of chicken were small and the dish on a whole was not very tasty. What happened??

            1. re: Barbarella

              I've only been to Far East Taste a handful of times, but in my experience the Thai oriented offerings are a better choice than the Chinese American offerings like General Tsos. That being said, if you've had better renditions of General Tsos at Far East Taste than the version last night, I have no explanation.

              1. re: jsfein

                New ownership at Far East Taste. Richard (the former owner) sold the restaurant about six-eight months ago, and this is a breaking in period for the new staff. My first visit under the new regime was less than impressive, but the second time I went back (about one month ago), it was much better. Furthermore, the service was very gracious and attentive (and we had a big lunch group).

                Interestingly enough, I had the opposite experience at Siam Garden in Red Bank. First visit was NOT impressive at all, but it came just after the place opened in the Galleria. I went again this past Sunday, and it was fantastic. My husband and I split the 'One Night in Bangkok" special, and every dish was excellent (including a noodle/chicken dish that looked dull initially, but each bite was outstanding). It is a bit pricey, though. Much higher price for meals than at Far East Taste (which also serves Malaysian and Chinese dishes). The Chinese dishes at Far East Taste have always been dull, IMHO. I tend to order Thai or Malaysian whenever I go there.

                As I recommended here earlier, there is a Thai/Japanese/Chinese eat in/take out in Tinton Falls, Asia Star. They don't have a huge number of Thai dishes, but they have a nice variety. Food is good, services is kind, and the place has been empty when I've been there. Eat in is better than take out, in my experience.

          2. My wife and I have eaten at Siam Garden in Red Bank and at their now closed location in Manasquan at least 30 times over the years. It is always good food, friendly service and nice atmosphere at a reasonable price but not cheap.

            But I suggest to you a new Thai place in Sea Girt on Rt 35 called Basil Thai with really good and more creative dishs, very friendly service and a better price value than Siam Garden.

            1. I recently have been going to Aligado on 35 in Hazlet. I like a spicy yellow curry and they will always adjust the heat for me. They also have Japanese, and my husband really thinks the sushi is amazing. The prices are a little less than Siam Garden.

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              1. re: emilyb27

                I was never a fan of Siam Garden but Basil Thai is very good. We had it once about a month ago we weren't impressed with the chicken with fried rice, the glass noodles were good. We tried again last week and we were much happier with our dishes, one red curry and one pad thai.

              2. Just off the Parkway on Main St. in Woodbridge is the excellent My Thai Restaurant(just past the train station & brew pub on your left. It's our first stop when we visit. Google the fine reviews. The Polish Restaurant ain't half bad either.

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                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  We went to Mi Thai once and were not at all impressed with the food. Besides that, the o.p.'s request was for places between Red Bank and A.C., and Woodbridge does not fit geographically.

                  There are lots of recs on this board for other excellent Thai restaurants in Central NJ, superior, in my view, to Mi Thai. A search will bring those threads up.

                  1. re: RGR

                    Hey if one goes up rt35 to Woodbridge than jumps on the Parkway to Atlantic City, it is then on the way! Sorry missed the AC note. Where do you go for Thai?

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      Thai Chili, in Spotswood, and Thai Thai, in Old Bridge, are our two favs.


                      And we just went to Cafe de Thai, in Matawan, for the first time last week and liked it a lot. Though we stuck almost entirely to the French side of the menu, we did order one Thai dish, the curry puffs, which were fabulous.

                      1. re: RGR

                        Thanks! My mom used to teach in Spotswood. It's a much more leisurely drive than to Woodbridge. She's 92 and loves Thai food!