327 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA. 92101 (Between J & K St.)
Phone: (619) 501-THAI (8424)
By Judi Curry
What a week this has been. Out of town guests have prompted me to go out to eat at places I have wanted to try for a long time. Then comes along a new date – yeah! From an online site, no less, and Mike suggested that we go to one of his favorite Thai restaurants downtown.
So rather than have to fight to find a parking place, he picked me up at my home in OB, drove to his condo near the Santa Fe train station, and then we WALKED the mile or so to the RAMA THAI. (And yes, we walked back, too!)
It is a nice looking place – Outside dining; two dining rooms on the inside. In a way it was amusing to me to find that the tables were covered with butcher paper – it appeared to be a higher class restaurant than butcher paper and looking at the reviews I found the following sentence: “Thai restaurant in San Diego because of its beautiful décor …” . Oh well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder – right?
When we arrived at the restaurant we were asked if we wanted to eat outside or inside. It did not matter to Mike or me, so the waitress sat us in the first inside dining. The waiter arrived as soon as we were seated and asked if we wanted something to drink. When he told me that the water was San Diego tap water, unfiltered, I declined. He did offer me bottled water but I declined and ordered an iced tea. Mike drank the tap water, without complaint.
The large menu was extensive, with 9 separate offerings: There were thirteen Appetizers, ranging from $9-10; five Soups at $4 a cup or $12 a pot; five Salads from $8-14; six Noodle dishes – $14-15; five rice dishes from $12-16; seven different Seafood Entrees, ranging from $18-24; nine Specialties, ranging from $14-22; six Curries all listed at $14; and six Vegetable plates, all listed at $14. Additionally there were 13 white wines, available by glass or bottle; 18 reds; 15 beers and 12 specialty cocktails.
Mike ordered the “Kra Pao with chicken for $14. It was made with minced chicken, basil, mint, bell peppers, onions and Thai chili. It was very succulent, and the vegetables with it were cooked to perfection. I ordered the “Yellow Curry”, made with carrots, tomatoes, onions and potatoes. It, too, was delicious. Our orders were served with rice – white or brown – and were presented in a pot that we both shared. My curry was also $14.
It was a very enjoyable meal, and the wait staff was very attentive. The food was presented well, and tasty. The total bill, with tip was $34, but it must be remembered that we did not have an alcoholic drink. And there is no question about returning again. But I think the next time I will drive there – rather than walk!