I love Thai food, and I love tiny food places that's located along a not-too-busy (in fact, quiet) road. Reminds me of Pub Street in Siem Reap. Very laid back, very good.
So when I walked past Suanthai one sunny afternoon, which totally fits the criteria stated above, I couldn't resist the temptation to step in for lunch. There are 2 buffet menus, and I tried both on two occasions. No big difference in the food I feel, and the price difference was also marginal (they're both under $20, $16-ish or $18-ish, if my memory didn't fail me). So I would recommend the more expensive one, since it is not a lot more expensive. Somehow I believe that paying more would mean getting more, although I haven't quite figured out the actual difference between the 2 menus.
Okay, the food.
The beef with cashews is good. Thin slices of beef coated in some flour and fried, generous servings of cashews... it's really good. I wouldn't imagine that the beef is of extraordinary quality, but for the price I pay, this is pretty decent stuff.
Panang curry fish - I like. Okay, I like all curry. So as long as it is not obviously badly done, I'd think it's good. The portion is really quite generous I would say. It's erm... slightly spicy, coconuty, you know, it's just curry, but it's quite good.
Soups are only half decent I feel. The Tom Yum is not as complex as what you get elsewhere, it just lacks some color and flavor but I cannot quite identify what exactly went wrong. Fish maw soup? Tastes like fish maw soup, but I don't see a lot of fish maw or anything else in the soup. It's basically a bowl of starchy, fish maw-flavored liquid.
Vegs are okay, nothing great, nothing bad. I would think the salads are better options. Because the salads are great imo! Okay, maybe except the papaya salad.
The mango and the pomelo salad are essentially the same, with prawn paste, fried shrimps, peanuts etc. And they are lovely! Slightly sweet, vaguely savory, with a hint of spiciness, and a little citrusy flavor. GOsh I need them now. Give the papaya version a miss... it's sour and lacks the crunch that the other 2 salads have. Very disappointing.
Stuffed chicken wing was okay, I don't remember being very delighted eating it, neither did I complain about it. But given the fact that this is a Thai delicacy with loads of effort invested into preparing it, just give it a go.
I tried the green curry, and as much as I love all curries, I didn't exactly enjoy this. It's too sweet I think. Not curry-ish enough for me. I also didn't like the chicken satay which I also found too sweet. In fact, for most of the dishes I failed to enjoy in this restaurant, the main problem I had with them was that there were all too sweet. Fish cakes, spring rolls and all the other nibblets were rather forgettable, I wouldn't waste my calories on them.
Desserts don't deserve mention either, the steamed tapioca wasn't soft and mushy enough, red ruby were lumped together, with too much of the starchy coating I felt like I was eating glue, and the other stuff were really just... I don't know what to say. Skip the desserts, really.
All in all, for less than $20, I would think this place is worth visiting. It has crappy stuff, but the better stuff it serves are really worth the $20. Besides, the service staff - although some are not well versed in English - are quite nice and respond quickly when called upon.
Free parking is available at night too, I think. And the bakery a few units away has nice desserts to make up for the lack of desserts at Suanthai.
PLEASE DO NOT EVER TRY THE BUFFET! Not to even talk about the cost, the Dishes served are COLD & AWFUL! We have to force those disgusting cold pieces of meat into our mouth, trying so hard to convince myself to swollow it! Especially the prawn in the Tom Yam soup, I know it 's very unpleasant to do that in a restaurant but I've no choice but to spit it out! No differences between the 1 time dishes and other dishes, because you definitely wont be ordering it for the 2nd time. Eating those food is d*** TORTUROUS! Good atmosphere but I seriously wonder how they survive up to today with this kind of food standard. GOSH! I won't be eating those "food" again even if you pay me for it. We stepped out that restaurant and went home for instant noodles, taste so much better. At least I wont feel like vomiting. PS to restaurant: YOU CALL THAT FOOD!?!? Pls stop wasting our money plus bringing down the image of thai food!
worst thai food i've ever eaten. feels more like eating free flow mixed veg rice at the coffee shop. don't bother waiting your time. have no idea why it is recommended by trip advisor. if you want thai food make your way down to golden mile.
Went to our local Thai. Realised we have been avoiding Killiney Rd lately, since the arrival of OC/313 have created many new options to indulge. Also the emergence of a Domino's on Killiney is a disappointing development... Anyhow I digress, as usual here we opted for the $12 net set meal (available for lunch or weeknights, not Fri-Sun). It includes ice lemon tea, starter, main, veg side and the dessert buffet. Most choose the all you can eat buffet, but the set seems to have more than enough food/choice to keep us happy. For starters my wife has the thai spring roll (nice) and i take the tom yum with chicken. The soup is spicy/pungent even though I ask for minimal spice, but I guess it's a given for tom yum. After the initial spoonful the taste buds adjust and it's ok from there. For the main we both chose the green chicken curry. I've definitely had better and to be honest would assess this as below average. Not much flavour/spice and too much coconut milk. Colour is also somehow wrong, the green is too bright/artificial. I suggest the basil chicken or beef as better options for main. We stick to the fresh fruit for dessert to keep it healthy. Overall it's an average meal, adequate for a weekday dinner and at $12 nett I have to say the value is reasonable/good.
I used to go there quiet often, but about a year ago I saw a cockroach in my table during eating. And I thought they are clean now, but that was HUGE mistake. I had Pad thai, Yam yoon sen and green curry few days ago, OMG I and my hubby got food poison seriously.
Dont have their food never again.
BAD EXPERIENCE, LOUSY FOOD BAD ATMOSPHER, FAKE THAI FOOD TASTE MORE LIKE VIETNAM FOOD. BOUGHT THE DEAL FROM GROUPON, STILL MUST COLLECT GST SERVICE CHARGE AT CASHER. WHY MAN! DISHONEST OWNER, CAME AND CONFRONT US. SHOUTED AT US AT THE SHOP AND MADE US LEAVE AFTER 15MINS INTO EATING.