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Stolen shrimp at Thai Nadia

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givemecarbs Dec 30, 2009 07:40 PM

Enjoyed an early dinner at my favorite Thai place, thai nadia in Lansdale this evening around six pm. My friend thought the food wasn't as good as usual. I got the shrimp pad thai and he got the pineapple fried rice with chicken. We were seated right up against the kitchen area. I like that table, nice and cozy. But I could hear them discussing my friend's fried rice. Apparently they had forgotten the chicken but the pad thai was already plated. I heard a male voice say "but will they accept it?" Two or three people were arguing. I felt like saying, you know I can hear you!. Well they worked it out but the chicken was practically non existent in his fried rice and it seemed a bit greasy and cool. I loved my pad thai and dug in. I decided to practice a little restraint and actually stop the moment I got full. I was really looking forward to the three shrimp I had nobly resisted eating earlier. Oh why did I let her whisk my plate away and not pack my own to-go container??? You guessed it, no succulent shrimp in my pad thai container. I guess because we didn't say anything about the lack of chicken, she thought we wouldn't notice that the shrimp were gone. I know it is a little thing, but I am so angry. It was obvious that there was no manager on duty, and I doubt that I will call them. I might get stuff to go from there again sometime when I calm down, but I doubt I will be back to eat in. And I loved that place. Complaining just doesn't work for me. I'm making another post about what happened the last time my friend John called the manager of another local eatery. That one is still coming back on me. Anyway, never let them pack the to go container at thai nadia.

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    Burghfeeder Dec 31, 2009 05:56 AM

    I understand your frustration. I think that it's best to politely complain, but I'm like you, I rarely do, but I won't go back!

    http://burghfeeding.blogspot.com/

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      fourunder Dec 31, 2009 06:03 AM

      How is it possible to forget the chicken in pineapple fried rice with chicken?.....is there a pineapple fried rice without chicken on the menu?

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        givemecarbs Dec 31, 2009 11:14 AM

        Fourunder, yes that is how they have it set up. Thai Nadia has an emphasis on vegetarian dishes so you can add in chicken beef shrimp or tofu to most of their standard items. When I order the tofu pad thai they usually ask if I want egg included or not. Their attention to detail like that was part of their charm.

      2. crazyspice Dec 31, 2009 06:15 AM

        Carbs, the last time we were at Nadia the food was definitely not as good as we have had there. We have been going to Thai Orchid instead. Hope to see you at Assi in 2010. Happy New Year!!

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          givemecarbs Dec 31, 2009 12:04 PM

          Crazyspice, I was thinking Thai Orchid too. I do like the thai place in Doylestown also. Happy New Year! Haven't been to Assi in awhile, I will have to stop there really soon.

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            crazyspice Dec 31, 2009 12:33 PM

            We are going to Thai Orchid tonight! I can't wait.

        2. sockii Dec 31, 2009 02:52 PM

          Ugh, I don't think I'd even consider getting 'to-go" from a place that might be "recycling" uneaten shrimp off dinner plates ('cause why else would the shrimp go missing?)

          **GAG!**

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            fourunder Dec 31, 2009 02:55 PM

            I hardly think they are recycling the shrimp....it either got tossed or someone ate it.

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              givemecarbs Dec 31, 2009 04:35 PM

              I have no proof but I think they were eaten. That's what I get for showing restraint and not stuffing myself. Tell us what you and yours got for your New Year's Eve feast at Thai Orchid crazyspice. I'm trying to branch out on the thai food but pad thai is just so yummy!

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                94Bravo Jan 1, 2010 05:09 AM

                Wasn't this an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm???

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                  fourunder Jan 1, 2010 05:19 AM

                  Not quite. If I remember correctly, two orders were mixed up and given to the wrong parties.....when they were returned, exchanged or corrected......LD was short the shrimp and he suspected the other guy had eaten them before he returned the order.....the other guy was a studio head or producer of sorts

                  If I'm wrong about any of this.....well.....I'm wrong.....no loss of life, right.

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                  givemecarbs Jan 1, 2010 11:30 AM

                  Thanks for all the kind replies and happy new year to my fellow hounds! I'm thinking of just truly mastering pad thai making at home since I love it so. I tried last year and the results were so-so. Maybe if I buy the rice sticks at Assi. I got the tofu part right after about three tries but something was lacking.

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                    crazyspice Jan 2, 2010 02:00 PM

                    We had a wonderful meal at Thai Orchid on NYE. There were several orders of Evil Jungle Princess, Seafood Madness and their Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice. Personally, I had the whole pan fried Red Snapper. Perfectly cooked and moist. Appetizers included the Lemongrass soups and the tulip dumplings. The spiciness of the dishes was adjusted as requested. We were a party of 13 and the service was incredible as always. As we were leaving, we were already planning our next visit.

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                      givemecarbs Jan 3, 2010 03:11 PM

                      What a great way to end 2009 crazyspice! I've had the Evil Jungle Princess there for lunch, it was yummy.

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                Displaced California Foodie Jan 1, 2010 03:42 PM

                givemecarbs: did you post the info about your friend John when he called the manager of another local eatery- could not locate- I can' take the suspense!!!

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                  givemecarbs Jan 1, 2010 11:41 PM

                  I did DisplacedCaliforniaFoodie, but alas it was taken down. A waitress was mean to us at the Star Diner about two years ago. John called and complained although I asked him not to. He didn't get very far with the manager, so we have only been back three times in the last two years even though the food is good at the Star and we adore the one waitress, who is a saint. We went back last saturday night and we got the waitress we love. But the mean waitress came on duty and harassed us. So we are giving up for good. It is my opinion that complaining only works with chains, not independents. Come to think of it, once I filled out a how did we do? type of survey at the local Red Lobster and answered honestly Only bad things came of that too.

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                    barryg Jan 2, 2010 03:37 AM

                    Why does Chow take down posts like these??

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                      givemecarbs Jan 2, 2010 11:33 AM

                      Not sure. I didn't want to name the Star Diner in Lansdale so I posted my comments in general and kinda of rambled on. I hope the short version is here to stay. Once again I am impressed and grateful for all the kind and supportive comments here. Chow hounds are the best! I first fell in love with the Chowhound community when I posted a complaint about the old Astor Place and everyone was wonderful. I guess I'm used to gaming forums and I expected to get flamed. Thanks again!

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                      Displaced California Foodie Jan 2, 2010 04:44 AM

                      Good to know! Thanks

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                    danbee1 Jan 2, 2010 07:01 AM

                    Back to the original post about disappearing shrimp: I've had this happen more than once and I absolutely believe the food goes out on another plate. Why eat leftovers when you can probably steal some fresh stuff for yourself? Maybe the best thing to do is write to the local board of health or whomever does the state/county inspections. In any event I would never, repeat never, return to a place where this occured.

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                      monku Jan 2, 2010 07:14 AM

                      If it doesn't go out on another plate the staff is scarfing it down.
                      I was at a restaurant and the waiter was removing the plates from the table and on the way to the bus station with the dirty dishes I saw him grab a lobster tail that still had some meat in it and shove it in his mouth.

                      My leftovers never leave my sight...always ask to pack them myself.

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                        fourunder Jan 2, 2010 07:16 AM

                        db,

                        So you are absolutely convinced the (3) shrimp were reclaimed by the house to be put on another plate? Have you considered, if that were actually done, when a new patron came in and ordered another shrimp dish, the new dish would have three shrimp that are of a different cooked consistency and texture than the new shrimp used to make the dish? Do you believe the uneaten french fries from a burger platter are also reclaimed....or is your opinion just exclusive to shrimp?

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                          barryg Jan 2, 2010 07:33 AM

                          If they use the shrimp in a fried rice dish or soup, any texture issues would be undetectable. It is definitely not right to steal someone's leftovers, not least because it is so obvious.

                          But in general, I have mixed feelings about reusing leftover food at restaurants. I realize there are potential sanitary issues, but so much food is wasted at restaurants. Why not use perfectly good meat or veggies in tomorrow's soup? I would do this in my own kitchen and I would have no problem serving it to guests.

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                            danbee1 Jan 2, 2010 12:55 PM

                            Seems to me there's a vast difference between using leftovers in your own kitchen and using leftovers that have been served to another person and been left on their plate. Beyond the fact that these were bought and paid for by another customer who had asked to take them home, using food that's been served to another is against the health code and against the law. Any restaurant that's caught doing it would be clipped immediately.

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