Written by Shirley T
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 08:12
Titaya's Restaurant was my first introduced to me on a farewell and a welcome celebration for LC and CH, respectively. It was my first Thai restaurant since my arrival in Austin. None of us had been there before, so we decided to give it a try based on some good online reviews.
Located along N. Lamar Blvd., we arrived about 7pm and as I walked into a dimly lit restaurant, most corners were almost occupied. And it was Thursday! I was excited being a big fan of Thai food and looked forward to a superb dinner.
There were 15 of us and we opted for a soup, several dishes and a plate of fried noodles.
Thai coconut soup or Tom Kha was the first dish served. Presented in traditional stove, the taste was good but there was not much ingredients except the sliced mushroom. Was there any chicken?
Papaya salad somehow was too hot which had overtaken the other flavors of sweet and sour. I think we left with half untouched!
I guess Green Curry was the only dish that I'd rate above average. The others did not seem to touch my heart at all or perhaps we did not order any of their specialties.
In general, the service is average. I didn't get the drink that I placed and the server got it changed on the second attempt. And it would be great if this place is a bit brighter. Somehow the dimmed lighting put us guessing the dishes we ordered. Cost wise, each of us was paying for the amount of 3-4 people to dine luxuriously in Thailand. Oh dear..I really miss the fantastic Thai cuisines in Thailand!
To some people, I may sound unfair but my standard was based on what I had tried in Thailand (Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chiangmai and Kanchanaburi) so that I can put some justice for the authentic Thai cuisines. Of course, none are comparable to the dishes served in the motherland. Guess I have to live with it or to skip Thai for a while!
5501 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78751
Phone: (512) 458-1792
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