Ocha Thai Restaurant - Waterbury, VT
I got lunch yesterday at Ocha Thai restaurant on Main Street in Waterbury (across from the gas station at the corner of Stowe and Main streets).
I went around 1PM, and got take out. I hadn't ordered ahead because I didn't have a menu. There was one occupied table. The decor is lovely and comfortable, and there are different seating areas. I would have felt very comfortable there. Also, the way I paid was with all the the change that I've been scrounging and saving for a good ten months. So I had to pay with three rolls of pennies, about three dollars worth of dimes, two bucks in quarters and the rest in nickles. The woman who waited on me was very good-natured about the inconvenience. :)
I ordered their lunch special pad thai with shrimp. I'm not a Thai food expert AT ALL, and I've only had a few experiences with it, so I figured that was safe enough for me to give a go. It was packaged in a nice plastic container that held up well on the way back to the office and kept it warm for me, it is also reusable, which is a good thing.
It came with four medium shrimp (I'd guess 30 count size) that were perfectly grilled and lightly seasoned so that they flavour was enhanced, not overwhelmed. The serving of noodles was huge and I couldn't finish it (which is actually a good thing, it means I have leftovers for today). The sauce on the noodles wasn't overwhelmingly peanutty (which can happen sometimes), and lightly sweet. I liked it a lot. Fresh mung been sprouts, a lime wedge, and shredded carrots were included as well. Overall I enjoyed my lunch immensely and I fully plan on going back and trying maybe the soup.
The only downside was that it was pretty pricey for a lunch for me. I usually shoot for my lunches costing under $2 (I usually bring my lunch), so $8.72 (the price with tax) was a lot for me to spend, but it's saved a little by there being leftovers for today's lunch. I don't know if a person with a normal sized stomach would have leftovers, but they'd certainly have found it very filling.
I'm not clear from the menu if the appetizers, soups, or salads are available for lunch service. They have a menu they specify as their lunch menu, and it doesn't list those things, but on the other page they list soups et. al. If they do serve those during lunch, I'll be much more likely to go back for a lunch sooner, and order those, which are slightly less expensive. Soups run in the $4-5 range, apps run from $3-6, salads 8-10, mains run $9-19 (for the Honey Duck) with most of the mains less than $15.
Many thanks for the review Morganna! My folks have a place in Newtown and sometimes like to go out, and they really like Thai. I'll let them know that there is a place to try, and if they do get organized (She just got a new knee so travel is not on the plate right now) I'll get a review and post it.
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, this place was good! I even loved the building and the decor. Bruno and I had lunch there today and we tried the last two items on the lunch special menu, #16 and #17. I also had a hot ginger tea that was really good - just slightly sweet.
#16's title escapes me but it was a combo noodle/soup, with coconut milk, chili paste, vegies (including pickled mustard green), chicken and some fried noodles on top for crunchy texture.
#17 was a Tom Yum Noodle soup that was really excellent as well.
A great new addition to the area, it seems. It was busy for lunch. The noise level was high, probably because there are no acoustics. But the food was so good.
Thanks Morganna for helping me find it!
Alright, finally I have been in a position to have another lunch from this place. I ordered the fried egg rolls, and pad thai with shrimp (hey, I like it).
The egg rolls are FABULOUS. They come with a sweet and sour sauce I've never had before, which is very runny, and has pepper seeds floating in ti. I love it! The pad thai is just as good as ever.
I'm going to get at least three lunches out of this, so the $11.99 I paid for the whole doesn't sting -quite- so much (I always bring my lunch to work, and I usually shoot for lunch to be under $2 total). :)
If you're visiting the area, go here! Please! I couldn't stand it if we lost this lunch option in Waterbury. ;D
We FINALLY made it here for dinner this past weekend and what a treat. I live in NYC and we have a place in Stowe, and we try to come up fairly often. We usually cook while we're up there as I'm finding the options in Stowe to be less and less enticing as time goes on....but this weekend we didin't have time to cook and this was at the top of my list to try...
Everything was fantastic and better than a lot of Thai places down here in NYC. We had the Tom Yum soup, the green papaya salad, I had the Khee Mao noodles and my fiancé had the pad thai...we also shared a sticky rice/mango dessert. Everything was fresh, nice and spicy, and just well done. I will definitely be going back!