Have you tried Sweet Ginger in Union Square? I haven’t but the Thai food at Thana Thai Kitchen in Arlington was surprisingly good. I actually would love to make it a regular in our rotation. No delivery to Somerville.
IMHO, S&I Thai (a.k.a. S&I To Go) in Allston is the most authentic and interesting Thai to be found in Boston (I know, Allston isn’t strictly “Camberville, Arlington” but they do deliver to at least some parts of Cambridge…) – see especially the “Authentic Specialties” section of their menu. I think there are also some dishes pictured on their walls which aren’t in the online menu, but some of the pictures are labeled only in Thai so I can’t be sure (most of what I’ve ordered off the walls has eventually found its way to the menu). Not a fancy place by any stretch, but if you like Cha Yen with its more authentic flavors than most of the AmeriThai food to be found around these parts, I suspect you’ll also like S&I.
I find S+I Thai to be quite good, but every once in a while I have a not-so-good dish there. I’d really love it if they, along with so many Chinese and Southeast Asian restaurants, would stop using tilapia and offer something, anything better. SO much local fish, at comparable prices. Tired of the muddiness. In that area, it’s worth it to go up to Dok Bua.
I, too, find some of the dishes at Rod Dee to be delicious, appropriately sour and spiced. Agreed on Sugar + Spice (vote no) Lemon Thai (thumbs up).
I had lunch there about 6 weeks ago, not having been since we moved away from Belmont into Somerville, and was very disappointed. I remember the food as being delicious and fresh. This lunch was just so mediocre I have not really wanted to return.
Yes, I really like Dok Bua and we often order from them to eat with friends in Brookline. Maybe next time we’ll try S&I. There’s such a wealth of options in that area. Khao Sarn probably introduced me to Thai back in the day and I still have a fond place in my heart for some of their food.
We were in S&I one night later enjoying our usuals: pad ga pow moo krob (we really love crispy pork belly), duck larb, and spicy eggplant (which is where we put the ground pork). Excellent as always.
I’m also a fan of Rod Dee in Porter for one set of their dishes, Cha Yen for a different set, and Dok Bua for yet another. And sometimes I just want Thai North’s khao soi, gaeng hang ley, and miang kam enough to make that trip. It’s really more about “which Thai dishes do I want tonight?” than which is my favorite Thai restaurant.
I used to be a regular at Sweet Chili and enjoyed their food for years. Had some less than stellar experiences for a while and hadn’t been in a long time. I got Massaman curry for lunch the other day and it was really terrible. Watery sauce, tasteless and underseasoned, huge chunks of undercooked potatoes. Thana Thai Kitchen is just about the best Thai food I can remember having. I feel bad about Sweet Chili, but their quality has really slipped.
According to the Arlington Patch, Sweet Chili is going out and there’s a victualler license meeting tonight for an outfit called The Noodle Market to go into the space. Sounds like another Thai place. Really used to like Sweet Chili, but so it goes.