On Friday 3/24/2006,  the Friday Lunch Buddies headed out to grab some Thai food. 

Thai Orchid 

4300 Central Avenue. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-4047


  • 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):

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They were ok (meaning they weren't as good as the reviewer said_ =P  Maybe I'm just too Asian? Tongue out 

This is what Frank and Betty ordered: 

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Kuan ordered: 

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Nazim ordered: 

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Yeah….Nazim really takes his food seriously…Furious

Drew ordered the massaman curry from the dinner menu (not on the lunch menu). 

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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!!) Laughing

And I ordered the catfish in red curry…Thai HOT!!!! Surprised

That's right…check this out:

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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. Yell I don't believe it!

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So what I ordered was the Yam Poh Taek (seafood salad): Seafood, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, garlic, spicy sauce. 

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behold…it was a spicy seafood salad. Seafood included: 2x oysters, 3x shrimp, 4x squid.  

but it was spicy and painful after all……

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…though not enough to overtake Korean kim chee @ Ar-ri-rang!!!!!

And guess what…that salad costed $12!!!! Cry If Lunch Queen were here, she would definately be against that expensive lunch!!! 

blah….so here's a pix of us leaving

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Yeah…that's Frank on the right.  You know I had to take a pix of you, right? Bye


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-

Categories: foodwhat happened


Joseph · March 28, 2006 at 7:30 am

um ok. 0 eprops! =P

Tmblweed · March 30, 2006 at 4:30 pm

mmm…Thai food…
I don’t know if you’ve found out these restaurants or not, but I did a quick “Albuquerque” search on the food message board that I frequently visit several times a day…


Tmblweed · March 30, 2006 at 5:16 pm

oops…typed too fast…

1) Ming’s Dynasty – 1551 Eubank Blvd NE [296-0298] [They even have dimsum on the weekends!]
2) ABC Chinese Restaurant – 8720 Menaul Blvd NE [292-8788]

1) May Cafe – 111 Louisiana Blvd SE [265-4448]
2) Que Huong – 7010 Central Ave SE #C [262-0575]
3) Cafe Dalat – 5615 Central Ave [http://www.cafedalat.com/menu.htm]
4) Pho #1 (guess what they serve?? =D) – 414 San Pedro Dr SE [268-0488]

1) May Hong – 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE #2 [291-8958]
2) Cafe O – 8216 Montgomery Blvd NE [858-0301]
3) Huong Thao Vietnamese Cuisine – 1016 Juan Tabo Blvd NE #B [292-8222]
4) Que Huong – [see above]

1) Siam Cafe – 5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #101 [883-7334]
2) Bangkok Cafe – 5901 Central Ave NE [255-5036]

1) El Norteno – 6416 Zuni Rd SE [256-1431]
2) Federico’s – 1590 Deborah Rd SE [891-7218]

NEW MEXICAN (I have NO idea what the difference is… =P):
1) El Patio De Albuquerque – 142 Harvard Dr SE [268-4245] [and there are guitarists sometimes, too! Also: they accept ONLY CASH] [Recommendation: chile relleno, when chiles are in season]
2) Sadie’s – [various locations (?)] [Recommendations: salsas, sopapillas]
3) Los Cuates – 5016 Lomas Blvd NE #B [255-5079]
4) Mary & Tito’s Cafe – 2711 4th St. NW [344-6266] [Recommendation: carne adovada]

1) Frontier Restaurant – 2400 Central SE [ http://www.dukecityfix.com/index.php?itemid=181&catid=32, http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=305 ]
2) Java Joe’s – 906 Park Ave SW [765-1514] [Recommendations: pancakes, eggs w/ green chile, cafe mocha]
3) Gold Street Cafe – 218 Gold Ave SW [765-1633] [Voted for “best bacon” for several years]

1) Saggio’s – 107 Cornell Dr SE [255-5454]

1) Graze by Jennifer James – 3128 Central Ave SE [Serves dishes / drinks only in “appetizer” sizes. From what I can tell, it’s a bit pricey, though. =P ]
2) St. James Tea Room – Traditional team rooms, similar to those found in London, Canada, HK, etc. Note: Reservation required. [http://stjamestearoom.com/]
3) Hyatt Regency Tamaya – Friday: All-You-Can-Eat Prime Rib [Unconfirmed! =D]

1) Farmers Markets – [http://www.abqgrowersmkts.org/]

ALBUQUERQUE FOOD REVIEWERS (may also include reviews on previously mentioned places)



Of course, keep in mind that this is just what *other* people are saying in different postings and pages, but maybe that’ll jump start the ongoing food searches? =)

Lemme know if you need some more rec’s!

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