There were times when I thought this day would never come. Today MSG150 completes its tour of the Uwajimaya Food Court. The Thai Place marks the 10th and final lunch spot. We hit two during our first pass along the western side in January and then the final eight during this three week stint. The Thai Place is one of the first places you see when you enter the UFC from the NW corner. When not busy, the Thai Place ladies call out like food court sirens trying to snare passers by into stopping for lunch. Up until this point, we have resisted their calls, but today we headed in.
Luncher: GearyLunch: Lunch Combo: Red Curry Chicken + Prikking Prince Chicken - $7.25
First, "Thai Place"? Is that really the best they could come up with? Maybe they were going for Thai Palace but ran out of a's. It's certainly better than Thai Palce or Thi Palace.
There are two ways to get lunch out of the Thai Place: the steam table or the cook to order menu. I went with the steam table and chose the "2 Choices" option with Red Curry Chicken and Prikking Prince Chicken. In addition to my two choices, I also got a scoop of Phad Thai, a scoop of rice, and a small spring roll. The friendly woman serving me even offered to ladle some of the curry sauce onto my rice and of course I accepted her offer.
The Prikking Prince Chicken is chicken with green beans, red peppers and a chili pepper sauce. It had a nice flavor and the veggies were only slightly overcooked. The curry and Phad Thai were passable. Loading on the a bunch of the provided hot sauces helped the whole meal. The spring roll was soggy. In all a reasonable meal, but nothing to go out of your way for.
Luncher: AdamLunch: Lunch Combo: Orange Chicken + Garlic Chicken - $7.25
I was warned several times to not order something from Thai Place's steam table. But, I'm impatient and the food looked decent through the glass baricade... so I went with the "2 entree combo.".
The lunch combo with with your choice of flavorless Pad Thai, Flavorless fried rice, Flavorless white rice, or a flavorless combo. I opted for the flavorless pad thai.
Entree #1: Orange Chicken. I'm pretty sure they just ran over to Safeway, and ordered some of their General Tsao's chicken... threw a little extra sauce on it, and called it a day. Bleh. Entree #2: Garlic chicken. See review for entree #1. Overall, the food was crap.
Go someplace else
Luncher: EmmettLunch: Lunch Combo: Prikking Prince Chicken - $6.25
Talk about ending with a bang. Thai Place has buffet food and a smattering of menu dishes. I went with the Prikking Prince Chicken, side of rice and Pad Thai.
Looking back at the photo that Geary took of my meal, I almost want to vomit all over my laptop. But in fact, as I was eating it, it wasn't half bad. It just wasn't good. I don't think I've been to a good Thai restaurant in Seattle. They all serve the same bullshit. Anyway.
To drink, I harnessed the power of Aquarius!. This makes me want to burn my draft papers and drop acid in Central Park. Or maybe it's the fact that I've just ate at Uwajimaya NINE TIMES that makes me want to get blotto. Big surprise - Aquarius is made by Coca Cola. And it's refreshing! Kind of like Pocari Sweat.
For dessert - Rice Cake Chocolate Pies. Unfortunately these were a miss. The packaging was some of the nicest packaging I've ever seen in any container, ever. But unfortunately they don't deliver. They taste like chocolate flavored cardboard surrounding tasteless rice chew toys.
Luncher: YvonneLunch: Lunch Combo: Orange Chicken - $6.50
I would equate the taste and texture to that of the Thai food gotten late in the afternoon at Safeway. My orange chicken was a bit cold and greasy. This meal was definitely missing the yum factor. But if you are hungry and in a hurry, it will do.
Luncher: WayneLunch: Pud See Ew - $7.50
Whew! We are finally done with the food court!
Luncher: RobLunch: Pud Kee Mao Tofu - $7.50
Thai Place is usually where I end up when forced to dine in the UFC. The key is to order off the menu -- it takes a little longer than picking from the (mostly non-vegetarian) pre-made items, but you get a freshly cooked lunch. Today's Pud Kee Mao was tasty and had a good spicy kick to it, but too many of the wide noodles were stuck together. They also went a little overboard on the basil. I do like the flavor that basil adds, and an individual leaf gives a nice little zing to a forkful of food, but a whole sprig of basil with half a dozen leaves all connected with a thick stem is too much for me to consume all in one go. There were quite a few of those in the Pud Kee Mao, but they were easy to work around. Overall, it's a three chopstick meal -- it's good, but has some flaws.
Luncher: JaredLunch: Golden Cashew + Beef - $7.50
Thai Place PhotosThai Place
Thai Place again
Thai Place steam table
Thai Place menu
Lunch Combo: Red Curry Chicken + Prikking Prince Chicken
Pud Kee Mao Tofu
Lunch Combo: Prikking Prince Chicken
Lunch Combo: Orange Chicken
Pud See Ew
Lunch Combo: Orange Chicken + Garlic Chicken
Golden Cashew + Beef
Peach Cool Frozen Desert
Rice Cake Chocolate Pie
Rice Code Chocolate Pie out of their decorative case
03/25/08 - Fixed Unbanspoon links