Best Thai in Theater District?
I looked up some Thai restaurants on menupages, but could use some help. How are the following:
Qi Bangkok Eatery
The sites for the restaurants aren't that great. Would like a little atmosphere to go with the food as well.
I've been to Pongsri Thai about 25 times since 2005. Most visits have been on Saturday afternoons, pre theater, but I've been there in the evening as well. We've never had bad service.
On the contrary, service has been excellent. Because we're heading to the theater we're very sensitive about timing. When we're ready to leave if the check hasn't been presented already a quick glance at any waiter or FOH staff member gets it delivered in 60 seconds.
The place does really good business on Saturdays. It's usually 85% to 95% full but that hasn't prevented them from giving us attentive service.
I don't doubt that you had a bad experience but it was atypical. Service glitches can happen anywhere but in my long experience they don't happen very often at Pongsri..
I've had one thing that was stellar at Pongsri, a number of things that were very good, and one thing that was pretty bad.
The Pad Gra Prow had been consistently good. Your choice of meat. The chicken, beef, and pork are equally good.
The Pad Key Mao had also been a winner.
The Nam Sod with ground pork is terrific, easily as good as Ayada and Sripraphai. The best thing we've had there by a long shot.
After about 12 or 13 successful visits I decided to branch out and ordered one of their pricier chicken dishes. It was bland and virtually flavorless. Truly disappointing. (I wish I could remember the name. I still have bad dreams about it.) The next time I went I ordered one of my old favorites and it was as good as ever.
Order modestly and you'll do very well.
ETA - I only went to Wondee once. We ordered 2 dishes that were supposed to be spicy and when the waitress asked, confirmed that we wanted them hot. When they came out they weren't hot at all. Worse still, what flavor there was was bland. Totally uninteresting.
Maybe we ordered wrong. Maybe the regular waitress was sick and her clueless cousin was taking her place. Maybe the regular chef was vacationing in Bangkok. I dunno, but we haven't been back. YMMV.