On Friday 3/24/2006, the Friday Lunch Buddies headed out to grab some Thai food.
4300 Central Avenue. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
- For those who live near the university, there is but one victor in the arena: Orchid Thai. Voted over and over again the best Thai by Alibi readers, something must be going right in their kitchens.
- The todd munpla (fried fish cakes) were the best we've had in the Duke City as was the accompanying cucumber sauce.
- The catfish in red curry was spectacular–well seasoned and Thai hot (which means scorching), one of the best fish entrees I've had in years.
- he massaman curry is akin to a religious experience–brimming in flavor with just the right contrast of sweet coconut milk and Thai hot curry.
So with those reviews, we headed out!
First I ordered the todd munpla (fried fish cakes):
They were ok (meaning they weren't as good as the reviewer said_ =P Maybe I'm just too Asian?
This is what Frank and Betty ordered:
Yeah….Nazim really takes his food seriously…
Drew ordered the massaman curry from the dinner menu (not on the lunch menu).
Drew digging in!!!!!!
Looks GOOD! Did you notice all the fake orchids in the dishes???? =)
The curry was mildly spicy, with a nice creamy sweet flavor. I think it's like the Portuguese curry you get from Macao (if you know what I'm saying…you're a real HongKongese!!)
And I ordered the catfish in red curry…Thai HOT!!!!
That's right…check this out:
Does that look right? I didn't think so…and after consulting the table, we decided they had screwed up. But wait…no….it turns out I misordered, cuz I was pointing to the Thai menu, thinking it was the catfish/red curry….blah. I don't believe it!
So what I ordered was the Yam Poh Taek (seafood salad): Seafood, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, garlic, spicy sauce.
behold…it was a spicy seafood salad. Seafood included: 2x oysters, 3x shrimp, 4x squid.
but it was spicy and painful after all……
…though not enough to overtake Korean kim chee @ Ar-ri-rang!!!!!
And guess what…that salad costed $12!!!! If Lunch Queen were here, she would definately be against that expensive lunch!!!
blah….so here's a pix of us leaving
Yeah…that's Frank on the right. You know I had to take a pix of you, right?
The dishes seemed pretty authentic, but I'll have to go one more time to decide for sure. I think some dishes were overpriced (i.e. the seafood salad), so that was a big minus. And I had to take into consideration of the screw up in the ordering….so….
Hungry cactus’ verdict: B-