Pad Thai

Posted: January 5, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews
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Pad Thai Taste of Thailand, is a great taste of Thai right her in Rancho Santa Margarita.  Believe it or not I have never truly had Thai food.  Well, I have had Thai spring rolls, but that’s it!  So when Christie and I decided to visit Pad Thai for our next write up I was a little nervous, but changed my thoughts very quickly arriving to a full house at this hidden gem! (You know the foods gotta be good when there isn’t an available table!)

Ok, now I am totally on board with Thai food!  Pad Thai was such an incredible experience for my first official taste of Thai.  We started our meal with the Won Ton Soup, whch has the most delicious chicken won tons, roasted pork and the just the right amount of vegetables.  Next up, Yum Nuea, the name says it all, YUM! The Yum Nuea is a salad prepared with tender beef, lime sauce, roasted chili, lettuce and Thai basil.  This dish was amazing with the infusion of lime and spicy chili.  Then we had the Pik Khing Stir Fry, which was my husband’s favorite of the night.  It is served with Stir-fried fresh snow peas, peppers and chicken with the chef’s special ginger and dried chili paste-the combination was intriguing and delicious.  You can order any of the dishes at Pad Thai with just the right amount of heat according to your spice buds.  The levels are 1-10 with 10 being the hottest!  My husband loves his food EXTRA spicy, but he was kind to us not so spicy food lovers and we ordered our food on a normal spice level.  However, if you are like Andrew, you are in luck because upon your meal being served they bring to each table a spice bar.  The spice bar comes with the chef’s special dried chili peppers (VERY HOT), jalapeno sauce and Nam Plah sauce (which is made from fish water, chilies and lime sauce). Andrew loved the heat from the Nam Plah the best! To end our meal we ordered the Pad Thai Chicken (The Chef’s Specialty).  Which comes with the Thai rice noodles, very tender chicken, egg, tofu, ground peanuts, bean sprouts and carrots with the chef’s delectable special sauce.  This was my favorite dish of the night.  The multitude of flavors upon my first bite is when it happened…  I fell in love with Thai food!!

I had been told from friends of mine that the Fried Banana and Coconut Ice Cream is out of this world and was looking forward to trying it but after consuming the many delicious dishes at Pad Thai we were way too full to enjoy this amazing sounding dessert. Next visit we will all try not to order too much so that we can save room for dessert.   It’s not going to be easy…

It was refreshing to see Chris, the chef and owner coming up to each customer’s table to greet and make sure that they were happy with their meals.  Chris is very attentive as well as an amazing chef and obviously won the hearts of his many loyal customers.  Customer service is key in these times and at Pad Thai you will get the best quality food as well as receive excellent service and value!

Pad Thai is located at:

30486 Avenida De Las Banderas, #C, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  92688


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