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Aug 30, 2009 01:59 PM

New Thai Restaurant Old Bridge NJ

Thai Shangrila
looks like it will be opening soon on Rt 516 in Old Bridge in the Dunkin Donuts Strip Mall.
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  1. I'm a big fan of Thai Thai on 516. It will take rave reviews for me to try another local Thai place. THai Thai is a go to place.

    1. Got takeout on Sunday, very good.

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      1. re: Roombo

        Several very good Thai restaurants have opened in the area within the past few years, but we're always interested in trying another new one if it's good. Can you tell us what you had?

      2. i passed thai shangrila yesterday; it's not open yet. it is actually in the space formerly occupied by a decent portuguese grill that i was sorry to see leave.

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        1. re: njchowgal

          The Portuguese BBQ was actually the daughter shop of one in Perth Amboy (141 B Fayette Street, I believe). I'm going to really miss it, and Perth Amboy is not nearly as convenient for me.

          There is also a Portuguese BBQ in Matawan across from the train station lot. Not quite as good as Village II had been, and they don't offer tostones (plantains) as a side.

        2. Does anyone know if this place opened or if this is run by "Richard" the old chef and owner from Far East Taste in Eatontown? I heard he opened a new place in Old Bridge and am wondering if this is t.

          Far East Taste
          19 Main St, Eatontown, NJ 07724

          Far East Restaurant
          5920 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

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          1. re: scortina

            No 'Fisherman' Richard's new place is called 'Far East Taste 1' It is located at 98 Main St
            in East Brunswick, I haven't tried it yet, but have heard that it is as outstanding as his original location used to be.

            Used To Be's Restaurant
            287 Highway 35 N, Mantoloking, NJ 08738

            1. re: Herm

              Thank you!!! I will let you know how it is when I try it.

          2. Update: Thai Shangri-la is now open. We tried it last week, and it doesn't seem like it will be stealing any business from Thai Thai. While the interior (and the prices) are more upscale, the food was similar in taste and quality that that of Thai Thai on 516. Although attractively presented, the small portions seemed like a poor value. There was one standout dish, which I believe was called Thai Shagri-la fried rice. It consisted of three different types of meat satay displayed over fried rice. The other dishes we tried were standard Thai fare, nothing remarkable. Service was warm but spotty. It appeared that there was a lack of communication between the kitchen and front of house, as evidenced by the last entree being served not only late but cold. I really hope this restaurant improves to being a truly upscale alternative to Thai Thai. Something like Origins Thai in Somerville would be an excellent addition to Old Bridge.

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            1. re: njchowgal

              We tried Shangri-La Thai for lunch, and we did not find it too bad. Lunches are $8.99. They do not have a big selection, but what we had was good. For $8.99 you get soup, salad, and the main course. The soup was Yom Tom. It is a spicy soup and has pieces of chicken in it maybe two inches long. The salad is about the size of the Thai Thai salad with the same sort of sesame-peanut dressing. I think Shangri-la's was a little thicker and richer than the dressing at Thai Thai. No tofu in the salad, however. I am not sure if this is a standard price or special with the lunch, but they have a rich Thai Ice Coffee for $1.50. It usually is $3 at other Thai restaurants. My benchmark dish at any Thai restaurant is Pad Thai Gai. It was good with some, but not a whole lot, of chicken. My wife got Chicken Pad Kra Prao. She thought that the dish was larger than a Thai Thai equivalent. The noodles were only about a quarter inch wide. Other places they are more like 3/4 inch wide.

              Par for the course is that I asked for the dish to be "Thai spicy." They did not trust me to know what I was asking for. There was almost no spiciness at all. When they asked how it was I said a-roy (delicious), but it was not Thai spicy. They brought out the standard Thai condiments plate with crushed peppers, pepper sauce, salt, and pepper in vinegar (but there were no peppers in the vinegar). Still it was a good meal.