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Jun 28, 2009 04:28 AM

Thai Square Downhill confirmation?

We have heard from friends who frequent Thai Square that the quality of the food has slipped these last two months. Do you have a recent experience that confirms that? We have stopped going there since March and now frequent Sakulthai in Alexandria, which is run by some ex-Thai Square employees.

408 S Van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22304

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  1. Can't say if the food has slipped since I've never been there during its peak. My one visit (within the last 2 months) compares unfavorably to Nava Thai. Don Rockwell says it's slipped.

    As for Sakulthai, what are some good dishes?

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    1. re: Ericandblueboy

      They do the best floating market noodle soup in the area, for one thing. That's what I've ordered the last four or five times I've been there, so while I've had other very good dishes there before, they've faded in the mists of memory. I may have to return soon to explore the menu again and report back.

      1. re: sweth

        Better than Sakulthai's? Are there other restaurants in the area that serves floating market noodle soup?

        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          Umm... no, not better than Sakulthai's. Same as Sakulthai's, since I thought you were asking for what is good at Sakulthai. What *were* you asking about, since I clearly misunderstood?

          1. re: sweth

            Oh, I guess I wasn't sure which restaurant you were talking about. So you're talking about Sakulthai's FMNS and not Thai Square's?

            1. re: Ericandblueboy

              Correct. Sakulthai's FMNS is probably the best in NoVA; no idea if Thai Square serves it at all, so I can't compare between the two.

    2. Thai Square has always been a place you can eat impressively or not, depending on what you order. Maybe that's the story of most restaurants.

      I was there recently. Still impressive is my favorite dish, the tilefish appetizer (yum pla krob). Especially great when you can have this along with the lacy catfish appetizer (yum pla dook fu). Anyone into textural contrasts would be in heaven right about now. The pork knuckle stew is another very good order as is the chinese broccoli with crispy pork (this should come out like jerky).

      From the Thai-only menu, the sour curry, duck noodle soup, and the fish maw salad are all winners.

      Some of their stir-fried dishes like pork with various veggies are dead boring and the meat will be tasteless. It's best to gravitate away from the dishes that sound 'safe.'

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      1. re: Steve

        steve, i'd love a thai menu chowdown!

        tell me, duck noodle soup, big rice noodles? hot n' spicy?
        sound / look like this?
        or this:
        or this (man i'm getting hungry! ;-)

        fish maw salad? is that an air bladder? fried, dried? or the little meaty cheek pouches of fish? done in lime juice dressing? is it "just a *texture* thing?"

        i think thai square is the same as it's been.... i adore their som tum! i want some of that fried squid next time -- it always looks so delicious!

        1. re: alkapal

          The fish maw is an air bladder, fried. Served in a typical Thai lime/spicy dressing. It is very much a texture thing, you're right.

          Duck noodle soup is like your second link. Not spicy at all. Sweet and good natured.


          1. re: Steve

            thanks! that duck soup one could make at home (i find the fresh rice noodle sheets at the eden center grocery -- about $3.).

      2. I haven't been at Thai Square for three years for that reason. I used to go to Bangkok 54 but they have slipped too and do not have authentic soups so I go to Sakulthai for the last two years. Price is not bad either. Just to add I went to Thai Basil today just to check it out where Bobby Flay did the throwdown for Pad Thai. It's officially the greasiest and worst Pad Thai I ever had.

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        1. re: flipeatery

          A chowhound friend of mine who used to be a regular at Thai Basil has also stopped going for the same reason - the Pad Thai, which used to be transcendent pre-Flay, is now crap.

        2. How's the honey duck? That's all that matters.

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