a few fridays ago, seth and i went to veranda thai for the 8th round of thai-o-rama. we have wanted to try this place since our mechanics, across the street at portland motor sales, told us it was good. (note: if you need a great honest mechanic, you should go to these guys). its a tiny little place and we grabbed one of the last open tables to watch a parade of to go orders come in and out of the door.
we quickly ordered a couple thai iced teas and our food. this was a few weeks ago and i'm tired and can't find the menu on veranda's website so i'm gonna have to summarize the meal a little. for appetizers i'm sure we ordered spring rolls. i can't remember them, so i guess they were just okay (unlike the fried spring rolls at the new pho hanoi in south portland that are just awesome).
for our main courses we got a fried fish in a brown basil sauce and the classic thai beef salad.
the fish was really good with a rich brown sauce, lots of fresh basil, onions, and i can't remember what else. the beef salad was quite good as well. seth and i both agreed that it really needed a little more lime but the beef was more tender then in the same salad at pom's thai taste.
as i said before, the restaurant is tiny so the kitchen is tucked around the corner, really only feet from the dining room. its kind of cool to be able to hear the cooks working in the kitchen, but with that you have to take that your meal may be a little smokey and your clothes may continue to smell like thai food long after you are done eating.
overall i found veranda thai to be pretty good and i would eat here again.