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.
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?