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Thai Restaurant in Monmouth County compared to Four Seasons In Piscataway

tony marrazzo Nov 30, 2013 03:06 PM

Is there a Thai restaurant in Monmouth County that can be compared to Four Seasons in Piscataway.

Four Seasons is the real deal that does not tone down their dishes for the American palate

  1. bgut1 Dec 10, 2013 02:43 PM

    For Monmouth County, I would second equal_Mark's recommendation for Muang Thai. However, if you are ever in Ocean County, I strongly suggest you give Siam Spice in Toms River a try. IMHO, it's one of the best Thai restaurants in the state (with all due respect to Mie Thai and Four Seasons).

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      cke25 Dec 2, 2013 11:58 AM

      Haven't found any place in Monmouth County that spices their dishes with authentic Thai style heat. The closest I've experienced is Mie Thai in Woodbridge: http://miethai.com/. Use to enjoy this place regularly when I worked in Rahway. Whole fried fish was among my favorites.

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      1. re: cke25
        equal_Mark Dec 2, 2013 12:59 PM

        Have been a big fan of Mie Thai for years! When ordering extra spicy I have blanket permission from Richard allowing the wait staff to serve it (They had been burned [pun intended] by macho blow-hards asking for spicy then wimping out and sending it back).

        For well spiced Thai food in Monmouth County you ought to try Muang Thai in Red Bank.


        Last time we were there I asked for some of the fish sauce and chili garlic sauce. The owner brought out the sauces, but before placing them on the table he advised us to taste the food before adding any (I had ordered the Larb extra spicy). It was good advice!

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        RobertF Nov 30, 2013 03:56 PM

        4 seasons is great. Haven't found another in Jersey like it so far.

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        1. re: RobertF
          JustJake Dec 1, 2013 12:26 PM

          ^^^^^What he said. Nothing, and no one comes even remotely close to having real Thai exiting that kitchen with the 'heat' built into the dish and not ever requiring a supplement of a jar of red pepper sauce on the table.

          All I can say Tony, is to keep doing what you're doing. If you live down here, KNOW that you'll have to cross the Driscoll and up #287 to thet the real deal.

          1. re: JustJake
            equal_Mark Dec 1, 2013 02:07 PM

            Such praise would seem to almost require a CH Four Seasons gathering. Maybe after the Holidays?

            1. re: equal_Mark
              Tapas52 Dec 1, 2013 02:43 PM

              mark In January would be perfect count me in!!

              1. re: Tapas52
                seal Dec 1, 2013 02:52 PM

                Count me in. Mid January would be perfect.

                I also love their sister restaurant in Highland Park, Pad Thai.

                1. re: seal
                  equal_Mark Dec 1, 2013 03:44 PM

                  Had been to Pad Thai a couple times a number of years ago. Clearly remember when ordering from the middle aged Asian waitress her repeating when I inquired about the spice levels: "Medium is veddy veddy HOT! Be careful if you order medium! It is VEDDY HOT!!" She was right... :-)

                  1. re: equal_Mark
                    sockster Dec 3, 2013 07:22 AM

                    They did exactly the same to me- wouldn't let me order their very hot....as I recall, their medium was solidly spicy!! Great food there as well as spice.

                    1. re: equal_Mark
                      JustJake Dec 3, 2013 09:25 AM

                      Mark, with both Pad Thai and 4 Seasons being owned by the same family, it is the Four Seasons eatery that is serving more indigenous peasant food.

                      Not saying they don't deal 'heat' at the HP locale, but 4 Seasons has a decidedly different menu. This would be right up your alley as even the 'medium' results in sweaty brows and a full wet philtrum.

                      Since I no longer work up there, and
                      thus have no reason to be there (man, I don't miss working for the 'man' after 23 years in Somerset), THIS would be as good, if not the ONLY reason for my visiting that area again.

                      1. re: JustJake
                        tony marrazzo Dec 5, 2013 03:44 PM

                        And it would be worth the trip!

                        1. re: tony marrazzo
                          joonjoon Dec 6, 2013 09:13 AM

                          Back in my less-adventurous days I used to work right down the street from this place...I went once but I had no idea what I was ordering and the food was SO SPICY I never went back! I want redemption!

                          1. re: joonjoon
                            beastca Dec 10, 2013 12:25 PM

                            Funny, we went last Saturday and thought the food wasn't that spicy. The noodles and green curry had a little kick, the third dish, a meat and eggplant combo, was absolutely bland. We ordered all three medium. We usually order hot at other Thai places. I hadn't been to Four Seasons for years, but I remember fondly having great lunches there when it first opened and I lived in the area.

                            1. re: beastca
                              albinoni Dec 12, 2013 11:47 AM

                              We've been to 4 Seasons so many times, we've found that 9 out of 10 times, it's exactly what it should be. But like any other homemade product, some inconsistency is to be expected. I can count on one hand the number of disappointing dishes we've had. By that standard, their batting average is stratospheric. We'll be glad to be a part of a CH roadtrip!

                              1. re: albinoni
                                equal_Mark Dec 12, 2013 01:55 PM

                                Hopefully something can be arranged after the holidays. Anyone game to take the lead?

                                Menu: http://www.pad-thai.com/4seasons01-10...

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