so last night for our last thai supper (round 13 of thai-o-rama) we all met up at sengchai thai (803 forest ave). we were the only table in the restaurant (really glad i made reservations) so we got a lot of attention from our server. at first she was endearing and quirky but by the end of the dinner it was a little much for me. i was out to dine and conversate with friends and our server frankly dominated the conversation at times (i will be interested to hear how everyone else felt about her). with all this said she was quite attentive, she gave us all separate checks which i always think is above and beyond what a server really needs to do, and she gave us a free appetizer of curry puffs, which were tasty.
seth and i ordered crab rangoon (surprise) which the server said was great but was only your average crab rangoon that don't taste like crab but are somehow satisfying in their fried creaminess. we also got the tom kha gai which was quite flavorful with a strong scent of lemongrass and, of course, coconut milk, but was a little watery in texture.
for our entrees we got the spicy basil with tofu and the pineapple curry with duck, both ordered 2 out of 5 spiciness. the spicy basil was spicy w/ lots of nice fluffy pillows of fried tofu and a nice basil flavor. the pineapple curry was a red curry w/ loads of pineapple, red and green bell peppers, carrots and duck. i thought the flavor was fine, not the worst curry i have ever had but far from the best and it wasn't spicy at all. there also wasn't really that much duck in it, but i liked the duck that was there.
finally, my thai iced tea, which i sucked down in about 5 minutes flat, so it clearly wasn't that bad, was not as strong as i typically like them.
so as you can tell, this was yet another mediocre thai meal. if you are in the area and you are really craving thai, by all means stop into sangchai thai and you will get a predictable meal of thai standards. but by no means go out of your way to dine at this restaurant.
coming soon, find out which thai restaurants you should go out of your way to dine at when i do my wrap up of all things thai in portland.