Monday, June 22, 2009
thai/dessert: PARADISE THAI
PARADISE BIRD THAI
No. 423, Rueiguang Rd.
hours: 11:30AM-2:30PM; 5:00PM-10:00PM
Kid friendliness: high chairs available
Visit reviewed: 5/31/2009
Paradise Thai is a Thai restaurant located in an office building in Dazhi/Neihu, next to a Korean BBQ restaurant. My relatives said on weekends they come here because it's less busy. But on weekdays, they go to Thai Town (in the mall) because it's less busy and easier to park. Less busy was an understatement as there was only one table at the large restaurant on a Sunday night, and after they left, it was like as if we booked the whole restaurant to ourselves.
The atmosphere was nice enough, the English and Chinese menu was extensive enough and the service was decent enough.
But unfortunately, the only reason I'd come back to Paradise Thai would be for the strawberry ice dessert. The most important part- the food- was just so-so.
The shrimp pineapple rice lacked any real flavor and was a bit on the mushy side. You had to excavate dish to find the shrimp.
The appetizers came after the main dishes. The satay was dry, but the shrimp pancake was crispy and good. I gotta give them that.
The fried chicken, on the other hand, was not crispy and made me miss the perfectly fried Thai fried chicken from Mei Hu. And their pineapple fried rice. And anything else from their menu.
The stir fried vegetables were forgettable.
And I was about to give up on the place, until my aunt declared how when she brought our cousins here they devoured the strawberry ice dessert. So we ordered a couple and it saved the meal. Condensed milk poured on large fresh strawberries soaked in syrup on crushed ice.
Crunch, crunch, crunch. It tasted as good as it looks. Perfect for a hot summer night. If you're in the area, just stop by for the dessert. Otherwise stick to your favorite neighborhood Thai place, or you'd probably be disappointed.
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