Sunday, August 7, 2011

Veg Out: Sawatdee

Thai food is a rare pleasure for me. As much as I like it, I have yet to find a local Thai spot that is convenient for me or that I enjoy enough to visit regularly. I've heard that Circles in Newbold is a vegan's happy place, but I haven't made it there yet. Next, I promise.

Sawatdee at 15th and South is new and is in a loop of mine (Tierra Mia Salon, Sweet Freedom Bakery, Lithe Method Rittenhouse are all nearby). If this Thai BYO could charm me, it might just make it into my regular rotation.

The $9.95 Lunch Special seemed like the best way to experience the menu on my first visit. I chose the tofu veggie soup to start. A little on the bland side and I probably wouldn't order this again, but it wasn't bad. Just not exciting.

The Crispy Spring Roll with mung bean noodles was much better. Who doesn't get down on a good spring roll? I especially liked the texture of the noodles.

I had a hard time selecting an entree. I can't get enough of pad thai and obviously it's my benchmark for a Thai spot, but I do love the flat noodles of Pad See Ewe, so that is what I chose. There were many entrees that could be prepared vegan. I saw a table of curry orders parading by and felt a twinge of order envy.

The portion sizes were spot on and the value was great. When it comes to the flavors, however, I felt that everything was too subtle for my liking. I overheard the table next to me ask for their dishes to be prepared spicy (it was their second visit), and it did seem like the food was dialed down. I liked my Pad See Ewe with vegetables but I would order curry or something with heat next time.

I like Thai food that challenges me and brings me far outside of what I know. Usually you have to venture to the fringe neighborhoods to find that. But we'll see. I have greater exploration of Sawatdee's menu ahead of me.

Has anyone tried Sawatdee yet?


Heather said...

Get thee to Circles! Operating on unconfirmed reports of deliciousness I had lunch there last Thursday. The kabocha-tofu curry (vegan) was superb and they'll crack you a young coconut to drink from with a straw. Highly recommended. Close to Tasker-Morris on the Broad Street Line and also to coffee palace Ultimo.

kellywhitephillips said...

Yep, that's it, I'm going. I just need someone to crack the whip.

Victor Fiorillo said...

I think it's great that west South Street has so much activity, but the food here is just average. With Circles a quick bike ride down 15th Street, I don't see the point.

Anonymous said...

i just order pad thai last night for takeout with shrimp. it was seriously $15 and some change. it would be one thing if it were the best pad thai i've ever had, but the flavors were good at best, and the shrimp were overcooked. i'm with everyone else, with better pricing and better flavors, circles is the way to go.

koh lanta villas said...

Thank you very much for sharing this place, I also love Thai food.