Posted by Thai Food Lover, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 2, 2007 at 9:07 pm
We had the worst food at Krung Siam that we actually wrote the owner a letter and told him about it.
This was the first time that we had ever written a letter to a restuarant or complained of food at any restaurant.
We never received a reply.
The meat (chicken, beef, and prawns) was not fresh It was so strong that you could taste that it was old, even through the sauces.
The food was quickly thrown together and was not correct at all.
We know some restuarants Americanize Thai food, but it still tastes delicious.
We were the only customers in Krung Thai that evening.
It looks fancy and clean, but don't use that to make your decision!
I spent many years in Thailand and also know how to cook Thai food.
Tom Kha Gai is supposed to be white (made with coconut milk base), but ours was red with a few pieces of old strong tasting chicken in it. I had never tasted anything like it in my life. It was just thrown together with whatever they had left over in the kitchen.
Every item that we ordered at that restaurant was awful, and we love Thai food.
One the other hand, we have eaten at Amarin Thai, and the food was delicious!
For really authentic Thai food, you should drive to Irving street in the city. The restaurants are really small and look kind of dirty, but the kitchens are clean in the restaurants we eat in.
BTW - There do not use bell peppers (red or green) and carrots in Thailand. They do not even use jalapeno peppers. They use Thai chilies which have a completely different flavor, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lemon grass, and coriander. That is the real stuff.
Tell them that you do not want those bell peppers in when you place your order.
Anyway, Amarin is good, and there is a place next to Trader Joes near Wal mart that used to be great when they first opened. I have not eaten there lately.
Since we cook Thai at home, we try not to eat out too much.
The expereince at Krung Thai was an expensive mistake.
Also, keep in mind that cooks come and go, and recipes are seldom used.
Another idea is to ask a Thai friend. They may tell you that they cook at home though (since most of the Thai food around here is not real).
Hope this helps, and Happy eating!