The other day, a friend reached out to me about a favorite Thai place on the Upper West Side, and the possibility of trying it out as an eating buddy. Well, I love Thai food and I love new eating buddies, so it seemed like a win-win! The restaurant in question was Land Thai Kitchen, and it sure didn’t disappoint.
There are two things that I evaluate whenever I dine at at Thai restaurant:
- The quality of their noodle dishes
- The intensity of their spice
What can I say – I’m a carbs girl. While I will sometimes stray off the beaten path and indulge in some Massaman curry (mmmm, coconut milk….), I generally tend towards a Thai restaurants rice and noodle dishes. But first – a refreshing beverage to start the evening off properly – a mint iced tea:
The iced tea had some kind of syrup in it (lemon perhaps? I forget) that packed quite a punch. Once the ice diluted it a bit, it was perfecto!
After perusing the menu, eating buddy and I decided to start off with the mixed appetizer platter:
Featuring shrimp parcels, vegetable dumplings, and curry chicken puffs with accompanying dipping sauces, the sampler allowed us to try a multiple of savory selections. The shrimp parcels were toasty and flavorful, the flaky delicate wrapping giving way to morsels of succulent shrimp. Accompanied by a mayo-based dipping sauce with hints of a fruit I couldn’t quite place (it was driving me and eating buddy crazy, as it was definitely a familiar flavor!), it was a fantastic combination of savory and sweet.
Eating buddy, who dines at Land Thai regularly, called the vegetable dumplings among “the best ever” – quite a mighty claim if I do say so myself! One bite in and I could tell these were not your typical vegetable dumpling – with a soft, tender skin (infused with green tea perhaps?) and stuffed with shitake mushrooms, corn, tofu, spinach, peanuts and garlic chips which offered a multitude of flavors and textures. These were, indeed, quite delicious
Finally, the curry chicken puffs were also scrumptious – piping hot and appropriately spicy. Delish!
For my main course, I ordered the Drunken Noodles with Tofu (first photo). With a three-asterisk rating, this dish was rated as “Spicy” by the restaurant. Having dined at numerous Thai restaurants, I knew that the spice-o-meter varies greatly, so I went safe and downgraded to “Medium.” I can handle my spice, but didn’t want to gotoo crazy. I’m glad I went with that decision, as the “Medium” spice was good enough for me! The sauce of the drunken noodles was flavorful with a definite heated kick. The amount of tofu in the dish was generous and perfect to soak up the flavor of the sauce. Yum!
Eating buddy ordered the Pad See Yu with Chicken:
I pilfered a morsel of eating buddy’s dish and was not disappointed. Appropriately sweet without being cloyingly so, Land Thai’s version also included cauliflower, which I do not usually see in this dish. Another solid selection.
If you’re on the Upper West Side, I’d recommend checking out Land Thai for some fairly priced, delicious Thai cuisine (there’s also an Upper East location, which I haven’t tried). Let me know what you think of it!
Quaint and cozy Thai restaurant that packs on the spice!
450 Amsterdam Ave (@ 82nd St.)
How much spice can you handle?