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Nov 7, 2009 07:46 AM

Thai Kitchen, north Boulder (CO)

I have been working my way through all of the Thai restaurants in Boulder (still need to try Elephant Hut and that one on the Hill), and Thai Kitchen is the first one that I would go back to. It recently opened in the space shared with North Boulder Cafe - replacing Bangkok Cuisine with a new owner, menu and presumably a new chef.

The menu isn't that extensive - curries, noodles, rice, soups, chef specials, and a few desserts. There are quite a few duck dishes, and I think that duck is one of the items that you can choose in the dishes that are "pick your protein".
We had three dishes - duck with garlic sauce, pad kee noodles, and a whole fried fish (tilapia?) with veggies (chefs special "C"). The noodles we ordered "hot", the other two "medium hot" - unusually for Boulder, the noodles were indeed quite hot but not overwhelmingly so (you could go further to "thai hot" if you chose), and the medium dishes had some mild heat. The fish was indeed whole, and had been slashed so that it could be picked apart more easily - it was crispy on the outside and tender inside. All of the dishes were flavorful, and not at all sweet (my peeve with many americanized Thai places is the use of way too much sugar). One of our party felt that the dishes were overly salty, but the other two of us disagreed (I really like salty flavors though). Prices were generally in the $10-15 range for entrees.

I would like to return in the future to sample some of their curries and soups.

Bangkok Cuisine
4479 Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80304

Thai Kitchen
4479 Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80304

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  1. Thanks for your report! I too have been on a search for Thai food worth a second trip. Pad Kee Mao is the dish I always crave and can't get anywhere close to creating. I don't know exactly how to express what I'm looking for, but did the sauce on the Pad Kee Mao sort of seem to sink in to the noodles or was it more a layer on top? Any char at all? Thanks again for your report and I look forward to being in the area and trying it for myself.

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    1. re: miss louella

      Pad kee mao is what I usually order to test a thai restaurant :) Thai Kitchen had a pad kee dish, but it wasn't listed as pad kee mao but as pad kee something else (I forget the exact name, sorry), so I'm not entirely sure if it is meant to be the exact same thing or not. But no, no char, the sauce was more in the noodles, and I think it could have been more aggressive with the basil.

      I've resorted to trying to perfect the dish myself at home, but haven't been able to conquer the noodle consistency properly (and my horrible apartment stove possible prevents this from happening). I think the fish and the duck dishes were stronger than the noodles, but the noodles were better than the sweet gloppy stuff I've had elsewhere in boulder (and they left bell peppers out of it too, a bonus).

      1. re: lotuseedpaste

        I'm with you on pad kee mao as the test of thai! Also with the difficulty of doing it right at home. When I asked the owner of my fav pad kee mao source in CA how come so few restaurants can do pkm properly, he took me back into the kitchen to show me a gas burner that looked like an airplane engine. Talk about firepower!

        Back to Thai Kitchen... would you say that the pad kee there is worth a "better than nothing" try (no bells or sweet gloppy is a definite plus)? Or would I be better off dancing around the rest of the menu without trying to scratch the pad kee mao itch?

        Thanks again for the report and the details!

        1. re: miss louella

          Yeah, with my pathetic electric stove (ugh), I could maybe cook one noodle at a time....

 depends how desperate you are for pad kee mao and how disappointing a mediocre version is to you. It is so rare that I manage to get to a good thai place that I am often willing to settle, unless it is sweet/gloppy/terribly wrong. And while I do like curries, I can cook them at home easily to the precise level of fishy/salty/spicy/sweet that I want. So, I tend to go for the more difficult noodles when eating out, which are rarely bad, but even more rarely blissful. If there were other things on the menu that are intriguing at Thai Kitchen, I'd lean towards trying them first, but the pad kee is better than nothing for me.

          1. re: lotuseedpaste

            Thanks! This exactly the info I was looking for. I will definitely report back when I make it to Boulder.