Thai Boom -- Best Westside Thai
Celebratory inexpensive dinner last night at Thai Boom, party of four. Kenny took care of us. Started with a green mango salad -- excellent and interesting start. Lots of chopped and julienned ingredients including tiny dried shrimp, nuts or nutlike elements, and cucumber and red onion. Great beginning, tart, crispy, a bit of spice, refreshing with some lime squeezed over. Pad see yue with chicken and thin thai broccoli was the second dish, and the fan who ordered it pronounced that she'd be back. Followed with their special shrimp in a dry red curry butter -- great flavor and beautiful presentation over a melange of vegies. Yellow curry chicken came with a real spicy hot charge, as requested. Off-menu fish (filet of sole?) steamed simply with ginger was light, fresh, and surprisingly no more expensive than regular items.
Also had their eggplant with mixed vegies -- the chinese or japanese purple eggplant was beautiful with the skin on and succulently tender. I was too satiated to properly assess the dumpling dish. Four people, several coconut drink concoctions and Thai ice teas, just over $20 per person including generous tip for far too much food and boxes to go. Items served in successive waves as requested rather than dumped on the table all at once. If you park in the back you enter through the kitchen -- prep, cooking areas, dining room and even bathroom crystal clean. Really enjoyed ourselves, even without alcohol.
Was just there last Friday. Sad/Good? that we go there enough that they know we always want the green mango salad, no cilantro, as soon as we walk in.
But I wanted to second that shrimp dish. Last Friday was the first time we've had it. Wife and I were blown away by the dish. Absolutely loved the sauce. The menu description doesn't do it justice. We were both scraping the sauce off the dish and mixing some of the veggies into our rice just to get more of the flavor.
We've been pretty happy with almost everything we've tried. We do like the wok "hay" in the pad kee mow. The only thing we haven't liked was the clams in chili sauce. The one time we had it, the clams were kind of gritty and the sauce was okay.
On top of the green mango salad, the two of us usually also order at least one noodle dish, a curry dish and a bonus dish just so we have lunch leftovers. Add on two Thai iced teas/coffee and our bill comes up to less than $40 before tip. Great deal!
Thai Boom might not be the best ever Thai, but it's pretty good and considering the fact we can walk to it and their fantastic prices, it's a great Westside spot for us.
Thai Boom rocked my world the last time I was there. I remember ordering a beef dish called "Tiger Cry" which which brought me tears of joy, and ditto the mango, sticky rice, and cream dessert. I can't wait to go back. Just awesome grub!
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I just want to emphasize again how amazing that mango dessert is.
People don't usually plan on dessert at Asian restaurants for good reason. The dessert is usually tacked onto the menu with little thought as a token effort to please the western crowd. I mean lets face it, as fantastic and variegated as Asian cuisines are, they're not generally known for their desserts.
This mango and sticky rice dish is the exception. Order it. I don't care how full you think you are. It's some of the best comfort food you will ever put in your mouth. I give it over 9,000 stars.
Been a fan for a number of years, haven't been in a while but plan to take some friends between Xmas And New Years. Has anyone else had some memorable dishes recently???