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njfreqflyer Feb 19, 2009 10:44 AM

We have a new Thai restaurant in Toms River. Just opened today. The sign on the store-front simply says "Thai Food." Inside there are about a half dozen small tables. The menu offers 2 appetizers, 5 salads, 2 soups, and 6 entrees.

Thai is located on Fischer Blvd, near and on the same side of the street as the Wawa gas station.

Open for lunch Tuesday - Saturday. Open for dinner Tuesday - Sunday. Address and hours posted in the linked place.

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Thai
1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

  1. njfreqflyer Apr 19, 2010 04:12 PM

    A little over a year has passed since I first posted on "Thai" and it is now closed for renovations and a rebranding. I don't know whether that means a change in owner and/or chef as well.

    A new banner on the front says "Coming Soon" and refers to "Siam Spice Cuisine," which has a website: http://www.siamspicecuisine.com/ although that isn't too informative ...but the phone number is not the same as the "old" Thai Food phone number....

    Stay tuned ....

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    1. re: njfreqflyer
      bgut1 Apr 19, 2010 09:49 PM

      NJ - Thanks for the info. I'm looking forward to the new restaurant.

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      adrienneT Jun 28, 2009 04:39 PM

      My husband and I were delighted to finally see a Thai restaurant pop up in Toms River.
      We have had the pleasure of eating here a few times over the last several weeks and love the selections, quality, service, and all the dishes we've tried! A very clean establishment and service with a smile. For those concerned about overly spicy food,
      just ask for it to be prepared to your preference - they are very accommodating and prepare each dish to your liking. This new restaurant has become a regular take-out place for us! I wish them the best of luck.

      1. chefMD Feb 26, 2009 04:55 AM

        while i will wait to give an in depth review of "Thai Food", I can tell you that there may be hope here....

        We talked to the son of the owner/chef and asked for more authentic cooking next time and he told us to just call ahead, that mom(the chef) would enjoy it. It was obvious they were new and i believe new to the business, but everyone had a smile and food was fresh, place was clean. Jimmy(?) told us that the food was very americanized after having some people come through and complaining about the spice levels. What a shame!! I actually witnessed a woman tell the server/host that she didn't like Thai seasoning???? I wondered why she was even in there.... Jimmy!!! stick to your guns! part of your job is to educate! cook what is true and not watered down! PLEASE!!!!!! We are begging for authentic ethnic food!!!!

        give them some time to get it together

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          HelenB Feb 26, 2009 05:01 AM

          chefMD, good point! Many of the food here are americanized because that is the demand from the majority of the population. Especially in a place like TR, not many people are exposed to the cultural diversity! It is always nice to have authentic food and I love Thai food, will surely try this place over the weekend.

          1. re: HelenB
            Tapas52 Feb 26, 2009 05:05 AM

            Exactly why I love WANG SUSHI in TR......chef Ryan really sticks to tradition in his cooking as he told me he always asks the customers if the food is up to the standards of what is is really like in their own countries like Vietnam, Thailand, japan etc etc ...& he makes changes with spices to suit the need . I hope THAI will follow that also & not turn into an ordinary chinese restaurant just to survive..

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            newgourmet Mar 1, 2009 03:18 PM

            hello. Can you tell me what the name of the thai restaurant.

            1. re: newgourmet
              Tapas52 Mar 1, 2009 07:06 PM

              Thai
              1174 Fischer Blvd
              Toms River, NJ 08753

              (732) 270-8424‎

              1. re: Tapas52
                bgut1 Mar 26, 2009 12:20 PM

                Although it took me a while to get there, I finally tried Thai this afternoon for lunch. Echoing ChefMD's observation, I found the restaurant to be very clean and welcoming. Although I found the menu to be small and somewhat americanized, I didn't have any difficulty finding items to order. As it was raining and a bit cold, I decided to order a bowl of the Thai Spicy Soup as well as the Chicken Satay. Heading JerzeyShore's advice with regard to the lack of seasoning, I requested that my soup be made "spicy". That was a mistake as this soup was too spicy even for me (and I love things spicy). Putting aside the heat issue, I food the soup to very authentic. My only other criticism would be that but for the shrimp (which was an extra charge) there was nothing else in the broth (save for some lemongrass and those darn hot peppers). Most other times when I have had Tom Yum, it has included carrots, straw mushrooms, thai basil as well as chicken. I was just expecting a little more. The chicken satay was pretty standard and decently prepared. Of particular interest however was the very nice peanut dipping sauce. All in all, not a bad meal and I will try to make it over again in an effort to try a few more items (some curry and maybe the som thdum salad). BTW, we regard to toning down the spiciness to appease the local's palate, two other tables were in the restaurant at the time I was there. One complained that the food was too spicy (exclaiming that her lips were burning) while another complimented the chef that the spicing was just perfect. I guess you can't make everyone happy. Good Luck.

                1. re: bgut1
                  Tapas52 Jun 29, 2009 08:08 AM

                  wow that's spicy...for my Thai cravings for now I love Wang Sushi Asian Fusion restaurant in Toms River.....there are some very nice Thai selections on chef Ryan's menu....& he's always adding more.

                  1. re: Tapas52
                    bgut1 Jun 29, 2009 11:25 AM

                    I've enjoyed Chef Ryan's Tom Yum as well.

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            Aquafarm Feb 21, 2009 07:36 AM

            It was a happy day for the wife and I when we saw that an "authentic" thai place was opening up less than an hour away! We ordered take-out this past Thursday. I am by no means an expert on Thai cuisine, but maybe like most people here, finding new and interesting menu choices (especially locally), is somewhat of a hobby for me. I'm a big fan of many Thai places in central/north Jersey and New York city. That being said, I was very disapointed in the food. We ordered the Thai Spring Rolls, Thai Noodle Soup, Chicken Pad Thai, and Beef Basil Stir Fry. I think it might not be fair to pass judgement on their opening week and only 1 visit, so I might try it again in a month or two.

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            1. re: Aquafarm
              bgut1 Feb 21, 2009 07:58 AM

              Aqua - What was wrong with the food?

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                Aquafarm Feb 23, 2009 05:59 PM

                Hey bgut1. Sorry for my lack of detail on the food review. It wasn't that the food was gross or anything. Maybe I'm just biased, but I think Thai food should just bring a little more action to normal takeout as far as quality and flavors. What I got was just really plain and uninteresting. That's why I was hoping to solicit some other opinions.

            2. njfreqflyer Feb 20, 2009 05:14 PM

              * * * M E N U * * *

              THAI

              Toms River’s first and only authentic Thai take-out

              APPETIZERS

              1. Thai spring rolls. Tiny glass noodles mixed with seasoned strips of cabbage, carrot, and shredded pieces of chicken wrapped in a light crispy shell, And don’t forget to dip it in the Thai chili sauce….4 for $4.95

              2. Chicken satay. Tender strips of chicken marinated in Thai spices. Skewered on to bamboo sticks, then grilled. Comes with world famous Thai peanut sauce to dip or sweet vinegar cucumber dip….4 for $4.95

              SALADS

              3. Som thdum. Shredded pieces of papaya or carrot mixed with garlic, Thai chili peppers, tomato, crushed peanuts, and lime juice…. $6.50

              4. Beef salad. Tender thin slices of marinated steak. Mixed with lettuce, onion, tomato, and Thai spices…. $7.50

              5. Grilled chicken salad. Larger portion of our house salad topped with lean slices of grilled chicken…. $6.50

              6. House salad. Romaine, spinach, radicchio, and iceberg with your choice of Thai peanut or curry dressing…. $2.95

              7. Romaine wraps. Strips of chicken, tiny noodles, you wrap it the way you want.

              SOUPS

              8. Thai spicy soup. If you like extreme taste contrasts, you have to try this soup. Sour, hot, sweet, and savory, all in one…. $6.95 (add shrimp $1.50)

              9. Thai noodle soup Rice noodles in a tasty beef broth mixed with cilantro, scallions, bean sprouts, and Thai spices. Don’t forget to use the condiments on the table to get that custom flavor…. $6.95 (add shrimp $1.50)

              ENTREES

              10. Thai fried rice. This could be the best fried rice you’ve ever had. Light and tasty. Your choice of chicken, beef, pork, or tofu….$6.95 (add shrimp $1.50)

              11. Pad thai. If you are into noodles you will love these noodles. Not only are they healthy, but they are in a class by themselves. Your choice of chicken, beef, pork, or tofu….$6.99 (add shrimp $1.50)

              12. Thai basil stir fry. Your choice of chicken, beef, pork, or tofu. Mixed with Thai basil, onion, and other veggies….$6.99

              13. Thai curry. Your choice of red or green curry mixed with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, and your choice of chicken, beef, or pork….$6.99

              14. Thai chop chop. Kind of like the stir fry, but the meat is literally chopped into little pieces. Your choice of chicken, beef, or pork….$6.99

              15. Thai sampler. You get one spring roll, a little fried rice, some pad thai, sample of curry, and a taste of stir fry….$12.99

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              1. re: njfreqflyer
                bgut1 Feb 20, 2009 06:38 PM

                Sounds great. I definitely intend to give it a try. BTW, I assume by spicy soup they mean tom yum.
                nj - What have you tried?

                1. re: bgut1
                  JerzeyShore Feb 21, 2009 01:30 AM

                  bugt1, I'm sure that you will hit this place for lunch next week - let us know what you think. The wife and I love Thai food and would gladly drive down to TR, if it is decent.

                  1. re: JerzeyShore
                    bgut1 Feb 21, 2009 05:41 AM

                    Will let you know Jerzey.

                    1. re: JerzeyShore
                      Tapas52 Feb 21, 2009 05:57 AM

                      Have you tried the Thai menu items at Pagoda Tea House on Rt70 in Lakewood.....?

                      http://www.boorah.com/restaurants/NJ/...

                      1. re: Tapas52
                        JerzeyShore Feb 21, 2009 06:13 AM

                        Tapas52, we have never been to the Pagoda Tea house but will have to try it.
                        How is their other asian food? Thanks for the tip...

                        1. re: JerzeyShore
                          Tapas52 Feb 21, 2009 10:12 AM

                          JerzeyShore we have always enjoyed the food at pagoda.....the family is from Malaysia hence the twist on their chinese style food......plus they offer a full page Thai menu which makes it more special.& you can mix & match.I enjoy the Thai Spring rolls & Thai soups also...the Basil beef is another favorite.....give it a shot I think you will enjoy it.....

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                            recordweb Apr 21, 2009 08:28 PM

                            I go to the Pagoda Tea house all the time. Great food. Decent service. One of my favorite places to eat in the area.

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                              shabbystorm Apr 22, 2009 05:12 AM

                              The wontons at Pagoda Tea house are AMAZING!
                              Now I want a bowl of soup.

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                                MegDangelo Apr 22, 2009 12:33 PM

                                The pad thai there is really tasty too! I've been craving it for weeks.

                    2. re: njfreqflyer
                      JerzeyShore Mar 10, 2009 10:44 AM

                      Wanting this place to be good and not willing to wait for more reviews to come in we went for dinner on Sunday. Bottom line - lacking. In spite of the fact that we asked for the real deal Thai spicy the food was not spicy at all. There may be potential here but only if they are willing to use some heat which given the location of the restaurant it is doubtful. We too witnessed several people come in and ask for NO SPICE. Go figure ...

                      1. re: JerzeyShore
                        Tapas52 Mar 10, 2009 12:32 PM

                        I was thinking the same thing the location might not be right for thai cuisine. I would bet soon to stay afloat they will go more Chinese.

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                      HelenB Feb 20, 2009 06:43 AM

                      njfreqflyer/bgut1,

                      I am excited to see the offering of Thai food! Not many places are doing that in TR, there are areas with combination of Thai/Chinese....(all I can think of is Wang Sushi, which I found out from this site!)
                      I will check out this place in the next few days and will try to get the menu here!

                      1. chefMD Feb 20, 2009 06:36 AM

                        could it be???? thai food in TR??? won't get my hopes up but i was very happy at aamaratran(sp?) so i guess its possible..... i will definitely go tuesday and report back.

                        1. bgut1 Feb 19, 2009 02:39 PM

                          nj - Since it is such a small menu, would you mind posting the names and prices of the dishes?

                          1. Tapas52 Feb 19, 2009 12:20 PM

                            Finally I have to give it a shot asap....

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