i keep reading on mr.gold's food reviews about this place having the best pad thai. is it really that good there? where can i find the BEST pad thai.
I am a big fan of JG but I don't agree with him on this. I only went there once but my friend and I were disappointed in both the pad thai and the pad kee mow- both of which I like better at Sanamluang Cafe in Thai Town.
That depends on how you define Pad Thai. It's as generic and flexible a dish as you can get in Thai food. Its name literally means "Thai food". If you like it bright orange and sweet, you aren't going to like authentic Thai style Pad Thai, which is lighter colored, plainer and has more of a fish sauce taste. Krua Thai makes a very fancy "California style" Pad Thai. It has lots of meat, it's very flavorful and a little bit sweet, and they give you a lot for your money.
I think Krua Thai in N. Hollywood is one of the best Thai restaurants in the greater L.A. area, (haven't tried the W. Covena store). They have 2 versions of pad Thai, the regular blander gringo version and Pad Thai Krua Thai, a special version that is more flavorfull. As with all local Thai restaurants I try to communicate my desire for full-flavored sweet, sour, salty and HOT when appropriate. This is often difficult for a non-Thai but the rewards are sometimes worth it! A side note, if you like the bird chilis in fish sauce and sometimes lime juice, it's not on the table at Krua Thai as it is in a lot of places, you must ask for it.
Other dishes that I really enjoyed are the green papaya salad with blue-crabs and fish with 4-flavors. Pad kee mao was ok, a comforting noodle dish, but not great. Also the fresh fruit smoothies, I like the coconut, are a nice change fron the Thai iced-tea that I make in gallon batches at home!
Apparently I got the wrong pad thai. I'll have to go back to try the Krua Thai Pad Thai.
My major complaint though for both noodle dishes was actually texture. The noodles were kind of limp and lifeless in contrast to the Sanamluang ones which tend to have this great "wok hay" on their noodles.
I love Krua Thai but you need to get Pad Thai Krua Thai, not the regular Pad Thai. If you want to try Sanamluang's version as another poster said, there's a Sanamluang Cafe one block west of Krua Thai on Sherman Way.
I thought it was good, not great. Agree with Steve Doggie-Dogg...there are so many ways to do pad thai & so many personal preferences. I for example, like mine a teeny bit more on the dry side. I did like the spicy tartness of its Krua Thai Pad Thai, but thought the dish was a bit too saucy. I prefer Swan Thai's (located up the street) version much more.
Their Pad Kee Mao was really good the first time I went, not as good the second time.