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Review: Thai Food Café

December 4th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Thai Food Café
833 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, OR 97217
503-285-8745
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Rating: ★★★★½

Oh how I miss living in my old neighborhood. Not only did I live in the cutest of cute lil’ bungalow, but I was just a short walk or even shorter drive from all the hotspots of North and inner Northeast Portland. So when I got a tip that the relatively new Thai Food Café on North Killingsworth was ab fab, I knew it must be investigated.

Unfortunately, I somehow woke up to discover my left mandibular second molar (that’s one of those back teeth used for chewing) had slightly cracked in my sleep (how does that happen?). Regardless, I wanted some Thai food, cracked-tooth pain or not. (OK, OK, the tooth really isn’t that bad!)

I met up with my awesome friend Steph for a late lunch in the super-sunny dining room and we were immediately welcomed with cups of warm tea—perfect just coming in on a cold winter day. The hosts were incredibly nice and very attentive to our needs.

We were pleasantly surprised by the lunch specials. There are 15 lunch options, ranging from Pad Thai to curry dishes to stir fries that you can order with a meat, veggie or seafood selection. If you choose to add vegetables, tofu, chicken, pork or beef it’s just $6.50, if you want shrimp, squid or scallops it’s $8.00. They also offer soy meat and seafood options for veggie and vegan patrons at similar prices.

I went with Pra Ram with chicken and Steph tried the Pad Thai with chicken. Just after we ordered our entrees we were served a complimentary cup of delicious coconut soup. What a treat! It was creamy and full of flavor.

We didn’t have to wait long for our food, there were only a handful of other diners at the time, and when it arrived it was of typical Thai proportions—huge!

Steph’s Pad Thai looked delightful and she absolutely enjoyed her dish. Her only complaint was that the Dr. Pepper she ordered took awhile to arrive.

My Pra Ram was peanut-y delicious. The chicken was moist—not a tough piece was to be found—and the vegetables were fresh, crisp and flavorful. The peanut sauce was terrific, smooth and savory.

Be prepared for large portion, even for the lunch specials. I ended up taking about half of my Pra Ram home, which I quickly devoured for dinner.

Overall, Thai Food Café is a wonderful new addition to the North Killingsworth neighborhood. Aside from the bargain priced lunch specials, the menu has all of your standard Thai fare at very reasonable prices (even for the regular or dinner menu) and the list of house specials includes such enticing dishes as pumpkin curry, flaming beef and mango delight shrimp. I can’t wait to surprise my Thai-food-fan friends with this little storefront gem!

Pros: Very friendly staff, plentiful menu, excellent lunch specials, complimentary tea and coconut soup, food is delicious, reasonable prices, good veggie and vegan options, close to PCC Cascade campus

Cons: Their cola on tap is RC (which some people, including myself, don’t especially like)

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Tags: $$ · Day Off Spot · Friendly Waitstaff · Grand Opening · Hipster-Friendly · Hole-in-the-Wall · Lunch with Friends · Noodles · North · Seafood · Stumptown Lunch Favorite · Thai · To-Go, Please · Vegan · Vegetarian

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Food Fan // Dec 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I tried Thai Food a few weeks ago and it is VERY good! Great new place for NoPo! try it!

  • 2 M3house // Mar 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Awesome food and really great people. So many Vegan options! “FULL VEGAN MENU”

  • 3 joe // Mar 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Meow made my tummy Purr…‎ – ‎ – Today
    I’m new to the area and I’ve been looking for a good Thai place in the Northeast. Reviews can lead in all directions but for me the signal was when I found few to no bad reviews on Thai Food Cafe.

    Tuesday night at 8:00 we called and ordered carryout – Green Curry with Tofu, Pad Thai with shrimp, and something like Pad Ga Praw Chicken.

    I spoke with a man named Tom over the phone, he was friendly when taking my order, offered directions and asked how spicy we wanted the dishes and explained there 4 pepper system of categorizing 2 being medium and 4 being extra spicy. We went for 3 of 4 peppers in spiciness just to be safe. I was told the order would take more than 10 minutes but not 15.

    When we arrived at the restaurant we were greeted by Tom who had our order all ready to go while Meow offered us tea and a seat to warm up from the cold. Tom mentioned that Meow was his wife and she had crafted all of the recipes from family classics. They owned and ran the restaurant and asked us a few friendly details.

    We enjoyed the tea and conversation but we were really after the food. We were pleased to see that all the dishes were of sizable proportion and the curry and chicken dishes both included a good size jasmine rice. When we dug in we were very pleased! The Food Was Excellent! Well balanced heat and flavor, great taste and just downright yummy!

    We were pleased with the spiciness and it definitely warmed us up! We will go back and not just because the couple gave us a 10% off on our next visit. Our meal was $27, we ate more than we should have and we still have leftovers for two at lunch tomorrow… If I hadn’t already eaten too much I could go for seconds right about now…

    Next time I’m going to see what Meow can do with red curry…

    -J

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