This restaurant has been on my list since the beginning of the blog but I could never catch it when open when I was in the mood for Thai. This time though it was an unplanned visit as I noticed it was open when I was on my way to run another errand so I hit the brakes hard and swung into the parking lot (much to the annoyance of the twerp who had been following too close in spite of having a free lane to the left, so bonus).
The restaurant in question is Sila Thai. I’d seen good reviews for the place on Yelp & Google and it was only a couple of miles from the house so I had great hopes for my lunch and those hopes were met. First impressions. The place shares a building with a Chinese restaurant, they are essentially back to back so it made me wonder if they shared a kitchen and my hopes were going to be dashed for authentic Thai. Upon entering it looks like a lot of other Asian restaurants with some decorations clearly from Thailand. They do have a bar to the left of the main seating area that is also the counter where you pay on the way out. I was greeted and seated quickly by a pleasant lady who welcomed me to the restaurant. There weren’t many people there when I arrived but there were a lot when I left.
They have a nice lunch menu with a two price plan, $8 for chicken or tofu and $9 for beef or pork and then 3 pages of dishes to which you can add one of those. The list varies from Sauteed dishes to fried rices, curries and noodles. Plus you got a soup or salad and vegetable dumpling. I chose the egg drop soup.
This egg drop soup was different than any I’d had before. Upon first slurp I noticed it had a significant sesame oil component, which I quite liked. Next was the vegetables which were swimming around in there, carrots, peas, corn & tofu, not a lot of any of them but enough add some color and additional textures. Enjoyable start. For my entree I’d chosen the Pad Woon Sen from the Noodle section of the menu since it was something I had never tried before.
I would definitely recommend this dish. This was a significant plate of food. The base was clear glass noodles and it also had cabbage, cauliflower, red & green peppers, onions, mushrooms, baby corn, zucchini, sprouts, eggs, and chicken with a brown sauce. Wow, there were a lot of different textures to go along with the noodles and there was not a lot of any one thing but enough to get a taste of each. The chicken was grilled and that brown sauce was like a smokey, slightly sweet soy sauce that I found delicious. Oh yeah and there was a vegetable dumpling that wasn’t bad but it was a vegetable dumpling so I had low expectations anyway.
A couple more general notes. The staff was all very friendly. They have spicy dishes and like many Thai restaurants I’ve been too they let you specify the spiciness on a 1-5 scale so you can try those dishes without being afraid of frying your taste buds. The food was delivered fast and hot, I hadn’t finished the egg drop soup before the pad woon sen was delivered so this is a reasonable option for people trying to grab lunch on a lunch break from work. They had some deserts that I was thinking about trying but there was so much food in the main meal I just didn’t have the room.
Overall I’d say I’m sorry I didn’t make more of an effort to try them sooner and I will definitely be going back for some non-blog lunches. If you didn’t check out the Tell Me More page last time Thailand was the subject check it out now.