Thai Ocean

★★★☆☆

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The fried banana appetizer was really good.

The pad Thai was sub-par on two counts: noodles were not fresh, sauce was sickly sweet. I had to request fish sauce for the noodles. I am guessing that nobody orders the pad Thai.

Fried rice with beef: beef was boiled or steamed or pre-cooked and added. It should have been fried and seared in the wok! Flavoring was missing the fish sauce and overall Thai flavor I'm expecting.

Curry: sauce was too sweet. Fried tofu not available. Tofu was extra. Made with coconut cream and too thick, perhaps an unexpected style. Would have preferred the thinner, milky sauce infused with red chili.

The big thing everyone was ordering was the siete mares soup. I think it's a Thai/Chinese take on the Mexican seafood soup. Everyone else in the restaurant was Latino, and everyone was ordering the 7 mares.

So, I would recommend getting what they were getting! Don't get anything we ordered, above.

Often, when you go to a restaurant, you need to order what they want you to order, not what you want to order. I wanted Thai food. They wanted to sell us seafood soups - just look at the pictures in the menu.

It would have been nice if they simply truncated the menu down to 7 mares and a few other things, to give people like me some clue about what to order.

Yes, it's not authentic to specialize in a Mexican seafood dish and call it a Thai restaurant - but all restaurants adapt to the local condition. Plenty of "good" (or at least popular) Thai restaurants have adapted to American tastes. Same goes for Mexican food, Japanese food, Chinese food, etc. The owners go home and make food that isn't the same as what they sell you.

In these scenarios, there is always something good on the menu. You just have to ID it.

I'm giving it 2 stars to knock down the old 5 star ratings. The noodle quality was inexcusable. Perhaps something has changed here.

It gets a bonus star for not having horrible food. The preparation was actually okay, but the recipes are too sweet for me. I wished I'd driven further north to eat at Yai by the 7-11, which was the original intention.

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★★☆☆☆

The fried banana appetizer was really good.

The pad Thai was sub-par on two counts: noodles were not fresh, sauce was sickly sweet. I had to request fish sauce for the noodles. I am guessing that nobody orders the pad Thai.

Fried rice with beef: beef was boiled or steamed or pre-cooked and added. It should have been fried and seared in the wok! Flavoring was missing the fish sauce and overall Thai flavor I'm expecting.

Curry: sauce was too sweet. Fried tofu not available. Tofu was extra. Made with coconut cream and too thick, perhaps an unexpected style. Would have preferred the thinner, milky sauce infused with red chili.

The big thing everyone was ordering was the siete mares soup. I think it's a Thai/Chinese take on the Mexican seafood soup. Everyone else in the restaurant was Latino, and everyone was ordering the 7 mares.

So, I would recommend getting what they were getting! Don't get anything we ordered, above.

Often, when you go to a restaurant, you need to order what they want you to order, not what you want to order. I wanted Thai food. They wanted to sell us seafood soups - just look at the pictures in the menu.

It would have been nice if they simply truncated the menu down to 7 mares and a few other things, to give people like me some clue about what to order.

Yes, it's not authentic to specialize in a Mexican seafood dish and call it a Thai restaurant - but all restaurants adapt to the local condition. Plenty of "good" (or at least popular) Thai restaurants have adapted to American tastes. Same goes for Mexican food, Japanese food, Chinese food, etc. The owners go home and make food that isn't the same as what they sell you.

In these scenarios, there is always something good on the menu. You just have to ID it.

I'm giving it 2 stars to knock down the old 5 star ratings. The noodle quality was inexcusable. Perhaps something has changed here.

It gets a bonus star for not having horrible food. The preparation was actually okay, but the recipes are too sweet for me. I wished I'd driven further north to eat at Yai by the 7-11, which was the original intention.

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Omg...this place is a freakin joke.
It isn't thai...it isn't even thai-fusion. Its Chinese with a couple of thai -inspired...Chinese tasting dishes.

Pad Thai? Taste like noodle dough
Beef broccoli ? Sure didn't taste like beef.
Crab Fried Rice? At least it had real crab in it...but it tasted like Chinese fried rice.
Garlic pepper pork? Dry like leather.
Orange chicken? It was edible.
Good new is, the steam rice was perfect.
The pik nam plah was bizarre tasting, not sure what it even was.
OH!....Did i mention that we had to wait an hour and 20 minutes for our take out order and what did we get the last 10 minutes of that wait? Finally a place to sit and a glass of water.

I think you might get preferred treatment if you speak spanish, it seems that is the language of choice for ordering there...over english and there spoken Thai is shameful.

Horrible parking.
Dirty Business.
Tiny with too many tables.
No place to sit when waiting for take-out orders.
Obnoxiously loud customers.
Slummy part of town.

Oh...if you like seafood soup...every single table while we were there waiting for our food ordered, so it must be the thing to order.

Seriously...if you like thai, then save your time and money and go to thai town.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Omg...this place is a freakin joke.
It isn't thai...it isn't even thai-fusion. Its Chinese with a couple of thai -inspired...Chinese tasting dishes.

Pad Thai? Taste like noodle dough
Beef broccoli ? Sure didn't taste like beef.
Crab Fried Rice? At least it had real crab in it...but it tasted like Chinese fried rice.
Garlic pepper pork? Dry like leather.
Orange chicken? It was edible.
Good new is, the steam rice was perfect.
The pik nam plah was bizarre tasting, not sure what it even was.
OH!....Did i mention that we had to wait an hour and 20 minutes for our take out order and what did we get the last 10 minutes of that wait? Finally a place to sit and a glass of water.

I think you might get preferred treatment if you speak spanish, it seems that is the language of choice for ordering there...over english and there spoken Thai is shameful.

Horrible parking.
Dirty Business.
Tiny with too many tables.
No place to sit when waiting for take-out orders.
Obnoxiously loud customers.
Slummy part of town.

Oh...if you like seafood soup...every single table while we were there waiting for our food ordered, so it must be the thing to order.

Seriously...if you like thai, then save your time and money and go to thai town.

Pros: nada

Cons: everything.

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The crab fried rice and the chicken panang curry were above my expectations. The fried plantains given when you walk in the door were fabulous.

2
★★★★☆

The crab fried rice and the chicken panang curry were above my expectations. The fried plantains given when you walk in the door were fabulous.

Pros: Cheap

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I stumbled upon this place when I was driving home from a film shoot and saw a ton of people out front at 11:00pm. I love Thai food so I stopped to check it out. I am glad I did because now I frequent this place. Very inexpensive but very good. The quail egg soup and the garlic chicken are the best. Great for families. My family of 4 can consistently get out there for under $40 while being completely full with leftovers.

2
★★★★★

I stumbled upon this place when I was driving home from a film shoot and saw a ton of people out front at 11:00pm. I love Thai food so I stopped to check it out. I am glad I did because now I frequent this place. Very inexpensive but very good. The quail egg soup and the garlic chicken are the best. Great for families. My family of 4 can consistently get out there for under $40 while being completely full with leftovers.

Pros: Great taste, Very inexpensive

Cons: No ambience

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I have yet to find Thai food that beats the price for flavor. lunch specials under $5, this is my favorite Thai place.

2
★★★★★

I have yet to find Thai food that beats the price for flavor. lunch specials under $5, this is my favorite Thai place.

Pros: inexpensive, delicious, very fast

Cons: small parking lot, Vermont Ave

 

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