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Feb 15, 2013 07:37 AM

Best Pad Thai in Greater Boston?

I remember back in the day when Bangkok Cuisine was the only Thai restaurant in Boston they made the most marvelous Pad Thai. Ever since they went out of business, I have been looking for a new favorite, but to no avail.

Where is your favorite Pad Thai served today? Why do you think it's good?

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  1. 1st, let us know who you've crossed off your list.

    1. Haven't been to the King and I on Beacon Hill for awhile but have always enjoyed their version.

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        1. re: nasilemak

          He's no expert on Thai food but my husband loved the King & I pad Thai and ate it once a week for 3 years. Then we moved to the South End and he was in a funk about not having it so close -- tried House of Siam on Tremont and didn't look back. He still says it's the best and this compared to Rod Dee Porter and Fenway.

        2. s & i thai on brighton ave in allston -
          hands down the basil pad thai - spicy fresh loaded with fried basil and chil sauce - tons of chicken and shrimp.

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          1. re: MABMAQ

            I can't say I'm a pad thai connoisseur, as I generally avoid it. Most versions here tend to be overly sweet, bland, devoid of fish sauce, lacking any hint of tamarind sourness, no fresh herbs: Westernized junk. That said, I have had the version MAMBAQ is raving about at S&I, and I have to agree. That's a dish I would happily get again. That place kills it pretty much all around.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              BTW Slim, my hack for gutless pad thai is usually to order some fish sauce on the side to drizzle over ad lib. That extra punch sure helps.

              1. re: marais

                I have done the same with PT, but I also order some lime wedges on the side if they don't provide them.

            2. re: MABMAQ

              Many thanks for this S&I recommendation - I tried the basil pad thai today and it was indeed fantastic!

              1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                Seconding this. The Tom Yum soup was good too - good flavor, lots of mushrooms.

            3. My current favorite is from a tiny storefront inside the Arcade in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, called MJ Ready. I particularly like the Tom Yum version. The food is home-y. I don't know if that's accurate since I'm not Thai but the place consists of a guy at the counter and I believe his wife cooking.

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              1. re: lergnom

                Count my in on the S & I bandwagon. Most of what I've eaten there is worthy.

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  I wasn't impressed by the country style pad thai at S&I for many of the reasons that MC Slim has listed, but haven't tried the basil pad thai. Next time I'll try that one. Everything else I've had from there rocks, though.

              2. I don't normally order Pad Thai since gravitating away from the PTO group (Pad Thai Only) about 15 years ago, but I remember the King & I being decent back in the day.

                That being said I went there a couple years ago and found their food to be very bland compared to what I have been eating elsewhere. My wife ordered their Pad Thai and it was decent and as I remembered it, but to my tastes today it was lacking in sourness and overall "bang" factor.

                I agree with the overall observation around how most PTs tend to be overly sweet and lack the real flavor profiles of a truely awesome PT. After speaking with two owners of Thai restaurants they both mentioned that since PT is a gateway drug to Thai cuisine they tend to bend the flavor profile to a more western taste. Kinda the General Gau's of Thai.

                I enjoy occasionally ordering certain dishes "Thai Hot" and not "Round eye hot" and it changes the experience entirely. Certain dishes just become a wall of heat and lose the nuances of the fresh herbs, citrus, etc.