Tam's Thailand Lao Food SD
- kare_raisu May 14, 2008 11:42 PM
This place piques my interest. They are located on Adams ave. I think the former b fried rice space.
I ate there a few months back. The Owner is Thai, and the only thing Lao they have on the menu is the Papaya Salad. Other than that they have all the usual suspects, Curries, Pad Thai, Satay, Chicken Fingers, Double Bacon Cheeseburgers, Orange Chicken, Chicken Chop Suey(when's the last time you saw that on a menu), Chicken Kabobs....I kid you not. I was told that they just kept the menu from various previous Owners.
I only had 2 items the Papaya Salad, Lao style, which was only mildly pungent, and lacked balance, but must've weighed 3 pounds, and I could see the Owner's daughter making it in the "pok-pok". And the Beef Salad, which was a bunch of chopped up iceberg lettuce, and pan fried sirloin steak, with a bland dressing, and chopped jalapeno's for heat....no roasted rice powder, no lime. The Owner's daughter is very nice, but the food really lacks any depth or finesse. Still, they seemed mighty proud of their Pad Thai, so I may just go back.
KR - I think you need to go there, have the Polish Sausage and Gyros Sandwich or maybe the Chicken Nuggets, and report back, pronto!
Kirk's postings on the place are a pretty good guide. The young men who wait the tables are helpful and friendly. While the neighborhood is iffy, the restaurant feels very comfortable to me.
I claim no understanding of the cuisine. The only odd thing about the place is how much stuff they can cook off menu. For example, the Nam Kao (sp?) is not on the menu, but is an outstanding version (I think comparable to Lotus of Siam in Vegas). I wonder how many other things that kitchen could turn out that we haven't tried.
I think I'll be in SD for a couple days during the week after Memorial Day. But I'm not sure that Asia Cafe is on my short list. On my last visit over to
America's Finest City, a friend INSISTED that we go to Asia Cafe because he remembered it from a previous visit, so my Lao craving is temporarily satisfied.
My only problem with the place is that I generally order the same things because they are so good, and Kirk has explored more of the cuisine than I have.