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Thai Restaurants in Monmouth County

Is there anything worth going to?

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  1. Not quite in Monmouth, but I've read mostly good things N Thai Palace in East Brunswick. I have yet to try.

    http://www.nthaipalace.com/

    1. I have found only one authentic Thai restaurant in NJ, Mie Thai in Woodbridge: http://www.miethai.com/.

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      1. re: cke25

        +1 for Muang Thai. Outside Monmouth County - Mie Thai & 4 Seasons.

        1. re: cke25

          CKE, do you mean owned/run by Thai or authentic tasting food? Are you from there by chance?

          If I am not mistaken, all three close to me are run by Thai folks (siam garden, kuyna siam and muang thai)

          I know for sure Kunya is. She is always there running the show.

        2. I'd say, unequivocally and emphatically, "Maybe?"

          There is Muang Thai in Red Bank which will give you a fix if the itch is really bad and the sweats are about to set in:
          http://muangthairedbank.com Other comments: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898168

          You could also try Siam Basil in Sea Girt if you want a methadone-type way to keep from being sick: http://www.siambasil.com

          We tend to go south, into the OC, to Toms River for the food at Siam Spice: http://www.siamspicecuisine.com But, we live at the southern limits of Monmouth County. See also, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708620

          If you live at the other end of the County there is Four Seasons in Piscataway, which as you will see in the cite immediately above is a favorite of our friend, JustJake, and pretty much at the top of my list of NJ restaurants I want to try next.

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          1. +2 Muang Thai in Red Bank

            1. For northern Monmouth County, Siam Smile in Aberdeen is okay, though we have been going to Thai Thai in Old Bridge instead. However, Thai Thai has been raising their prices, so we may go back to Siam Smile. There is also Thai Shangri-La (again, in Old Bridge, just over the line into Middlesex County).

              Kicky's in Aberdeen has Thai food, but they have a nickel-and-dime policy that makes us avoid them (see <http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8283...>.

              Ganga (Old Bridge, again, just over the line into Middlesex) also has Thai food.

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              1. re: eleeper

                Today we went to Thai Thai and I ordered the "Pla Muk Kratiem Special" (which was a dish listed on the lunch specials page for $8). I specifically said "special". When the bill arrived it said $9.95 and the waitress tried to convince me I had ordered Pla Muk Kratiem off the regular part of the menu. (She even seemed to be saying they did not have it as a special today, but there it was right on the menu.)

                I may cross Thai Thai off my list--this is the *second* time they have done this (charged full price for something ordered off the specials menu--which is why I specifically said "special"). At the very least I will be pointing to the item and saying, "I'll have this $8 special." Possibly with a tape recorder on the table. :-(

                1. re: eleeper

                  That's a good way for the waitress to lose her tip, in my opinion. Is it REALLY worth the extra $2.00 to her?

                  Why bother having a specials board if you're going to charge full price?

                  Makes me want to try Thai Thai for lunch, and order a special that's also on the menu <evil grin>. Of course, I will leave my iPhone on the table in recording mode. :)

                  I think I would almost be disappointed if they presented me with the correct amount. :)

                  1. re: MarlboroMan

                    Give it a shot. I would love to see this.

                    Has anyone been to muang thai lately? If you didn't hear they expanded and now have the building next to them as well.

                    1. re: corvette johnny

                      I was there a couple weeks ago. It certainly looks better, but the food is still no better than a B-, or so. It lacks that "pop" of freshness and brightness that characterizes good Thai food. You know?

                      1. re: MGZ

                        I hear you Z man. I have only been a few times but everything was decent. I like Siam garden a lot but that place is expensive compared to the Kunya siam which is closer to me. It's like 20 for a curry dish when I can get if for 11.95 (8 bucks is 8 bucks)

                2. Thoughts on Kunya Siam in Atlantic Highlands? I used to frequent the place, but havent been in months.

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                  1. re: J M S

                    Muang Thai is decent. The new spicy duck on the menu cover is really good but at 26.95 its getting into decent steak territory with that price.

                    JMS, I go to Kunya all the time. Its closer to me and cheaper than red bank. I have a few dishes I really like (whole fried snapper, skirt steak, basil duck and chicken tamarind.) I think I have tried almost every dish there between my wife and I.

                  2. I'm not an expert on Thai food, however I have always enjoyed Far East in Eatontown. Not much as far as a dining experience but the food is excellent.

                    http://fareasttaste.com/default.aspx

                    1. + 1 for Siam Spice. While those mentioned in Monmouth are more than serviceable for a Thai food fix, I found Siam Spice to be the best of the bunch (even though its slightly out of your requested area).

                      1. I used to enjoy Aligado in hazlet but found their Thai to be very good one day and lackluster the next.

                        Mie Thai in Woodbridge went down hill several years ago imo.

                        Muang Thai is good from the small sampling I had. They're expanding next door so I assume they're doing well

                        Bangkok house in Eatontown is also good

                        1. We really like Thai Thai in Old Bridge. The food there is pretty consistently good. Yes, the prices have been going up a little, but where haven't they?

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                            1. re: agree

                              Bamboo Leaf also used to have some good Vietnamese food but dropped it from the menu a couple years ago...it was the only place in this area to get Vietnamese food and I miss it.

                              1. re: SusieQQ

                                Not sure where in Monmouth you are, but there is a place called Little Saigon in Marlboro, NJ that has pretty good Vietnamese food. The service is super slow, but the food is pretty good.

                                1. re: otdina

                                  Thanks...I'm live near Asbury Park so was looking for something closer. Maybe I'll try to get out to Marlboro and try it.

                                  1. re: SusieQQ

                                    I'll suggest the Vietnam Bistro on Route 9 in Howell, if you feel like heading west. It's not far north of 195.

                                    http://vietnambistrohowell.com/

                                    1. re: MGZ

                                      IMHO I think Vietnam Bistro is better than Little Saigon if you have to choose between the two.

                                      1. re: yCf

                                        Yep. Which then raises the question of whether your opinion can still be humble when in accord with mine.

                                    2. re: SusieQQ

                                      If you're in Asbury Pho Le is going to be your best bet.

                                      1. re: joonjoon

                                        Pho Le? In AP? I searched and it seems to be in Red Bank...is that what you mean?

                                        1. re: SusieQQ

                                          Yes, I mean it's the nearest Vietnamese place if you're in Asbury.

                              2. re: otdina

                                +1 for Thai Thai, any dish Thai hot with the Chili Thai Basil sauce is my favorite and probably their strongest dish IMHO. Love the curry puffs and shrimp fried and wrapped in phyllo dough appetizers.

                              3. Has anyone been to the place on Route 34, across from Delicious Orchards? Siam Thai I think?

                                Missy

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                                  1. re: missybean

                                    It is owned and run by the same folks that operate Siam Basil in Sea Girt...

                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                      Enough said. I live about 10 minutes from Siam Basil, and work even closer, so probably won't bother to drive "up north" for essentially the same food.

                                  2. The only destination Thai restaurant nearby Monmouth is Pad Thai in Highland Park. Four Seasons, their sister place is just as far if not further. Everything on their immense menu I've tried has been excellent.

                                    Quick update on Siam Thai in Colts Neck. Now my regular take out joint and I rarely vary from the spicy fried rice and any curry. I like to stop across the street at Delicious Orchards for fruit first. A good meal but not in the same league as Pad Thai.

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                                      1. re: equal_Mark

                                        Is it ever *not* a good time for Larb? Ironically the best Larb I've ever had was at a dive-y little hole in the wall in Virginia Beach. How is it at Siam Thai? I drive past there going to & from work...but for some reason I've never stopped in for a bite.

                                        1. re: doggiedoc

                                          It's pretty good, better than Bankok House but not quite as god as at Muang Thai (be careful when requesting it spicy at MT, they don't mess around!).

                                          1. re: equal_Mark

                                            I agree with =Mark +1 Muang Thai
                                            spicy yeah baby!

                                            1. re: equal_Mark

                                              ^^^ this is 100% true. I had some drunken noodles I couldn't even eat. I had a bad cell connection so I kept saying "spicy....extra hot" and she probably heard me say it a few times and thought I was nuts lol

                                              1. re: corvette johnny

                                                Remember a few months back when there were rumors about Muang Thai closing? I stopped by tonite for some takeout (Braving my refusal to pay a parking meter for 5 minutes) when I noticed that they had bought out the florist next door and had more than doubled their seating capacity. Sure enough they had done this at the beginning of the Summer and had closed for a week for the renovations.

                                        2. re: seal

                                          River Thai in South River is a hidden gem, a few miles closer to Monmouth County. For my $, better than any listed here, and I have eaten at most of them.

                                          1. re: jracpa

                                            OK, my fellow hound I accept. Next week I will find myself on my way home from New Brunswick and I will get some take out. Any suggestions on what I should order?

                                            1. re: seal

                                              I suggest either any of the curry dishes (massaman is great, but so are the others) or the Basil Noodles. I always tell them medium plus spicy, and then that I do like it spicy, and they arrive with a nice amount of spice.

                                              The coconut soup with the lime leaves and chicken is also very good.