Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thai Orchid - Campbell

Papaya salad (som tum) would have been better if we have asked for a little bit spicier.

We met up with some friends here for dinner. The restaurant has its own parking lot which was very helpful. When we got there was just 1 or 2 spots left so I thought the restaurant must be full.

When we walked in we saw this hallway that looked like someone’s living room with some chairs. As we walked further it opened up to what looked like an open area with some tables and chairs. That part didn’t seem to be meant for guests. But then upon hearing that we needed a table for six then one of the waiter just put together a few chairs and tables for us. It seemed like the restaurant at one point was a house before. And the seating area was like a U shape with the kitchen in the middle. Very interesting. It felt like having dinner at someone’s house.

Unfortunately I didn’t feel that the dishes were up to my expectation. I guess it’s also our fault that we ordered everything mild. I feel like Thai dishes were good because of the combination of spiciness and tanginess. And if we requested to be mild, automaticaly the tanginess would have to be adjusted so in the end it was just sweetness. So the tom yum goong soup ended up too sweet for me. And so was the papaya salad (som tum).
Stir fry eggplant - nice and flavorful but I would prefer with more eggplant
Stir fry rice noodle (pad kee mao) that came out better than expected

I had high hopes for the barbecue chicken. But it was just missing the barbecue smell. It didn’t even tasted like barbecued at all. The surprise was the stir fry rice noodle (pad kee mao) that turned out pretty spicy and flavorful. The stir fry eggplant was nice and flavorful but too bad they were kinda stingy on the eggplant.

Thai Orchid
866 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
Phone:(408) 626-9779