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Jun 2, 2014 07:25 AM

I-Thai in Tysons Corner

This restaurant opened some time ago down the street from Walmart. They do a lunch buffet that actually has a good selection.

Recently I received a menu with a 30% off coupon for cash. So I went to try some of their "traditional" dishes, such as:

Kaprow Moo Krob - Crispy pork stir fried with chili garlic basil sauce, and topped with crispy basil leaves $16.95

Country Noodle soup - Choice of noodle (ask server), cattle entrails, meat balls served with Chinese broccoli, bean sprout, spring onion in spicy and pungent broth $13.95

My first impression is that they're expensive, even at 30% off. For example, the country noodle soup is basically a floating market noodle soup, which usually costs less than $10. Now as to quality, it's pretty decent. The pork was nice and crispy, but neither dish had any heat. I had to dump a bunch of pepper flakes and diced chili into my soup. And there were no Chinese broccoli nor offal in my noodle soup - just some braised beef and meatballs (that were pretty tasty).

Lastly, on a Sunday evening, the kitchen was in the weeds. The restaurant was crowded (but not packed) and there were some take-out orders. Wait time for food was probably 30+ minutes. Many diners sat nursing their drinks.

If I get another 30% off coupon, I might go back.

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    1. I went back because I had to pick something up at Sports Authority and they sent me another 30% off coupon. I think the prices reflect the fact that they're heavily promoting coupons.

      In any case, the crispy pork with Chinese broccoli was delicious, and the Country Noodle Soup was loaded with protein. The food still came out of the kitchen very slowly - but I was happy to drink a beer and watch World Cup on my iPad.

      This is the best Thai restaurant around McLean/Tysons/Vienna.

      1. How is the buffet? Are there any non-spicy items? Thanks!

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        1. re: exm7

          Buffet is okay. Maybe 3 noodles, soup, 8 main dishes, spring rolls, siu mais. Nothing is spicy.

        2. Is this the place that's across from Shamshiry? Had dinner there once when Shamshiry was too crowded. It was OK, but even the spicy dishes were pretty tame.

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          1. re: MikeR

            There's no heat on any dish. I suppose I can ask for spicy next time. BTW, the buffet is merely OK. Bangkok Golden is cheaper and better, buffet-wise.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              I work nearby there. I've had lunch there a couple of times. I agree the buffet was okay. I tried a few dishes off the menu. I did ask for the papaya salad to be very hot. It was as hot as Thai hot at Bangkok Golden. As for the taste, the food was good, but there are better Thai places in VA. However, it is probably the best Thai in McLean. The price is also on the high side.

          2. I thought their green curry was pretty spicy and I have an above average tolerance for heat. It was flavorful, too. Their beef salad was also good when I tried it. I plan to return next time I am in area at lunch time.

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            1. re: Jeff308m1

              No larb on the buffet the last time I went. I don't know if that's a permanent change.