Since discovering Simply Tasty Thai about 6 months ago, this authentic Thai restaurant (with a smattering of Filipino, Japanese, and other Asian treats) has become our go-to restaurant for good tasting and reasonably priced Asian food. We visited again last night and were fortunate to again have Pook as our server and guide for what was good that night on the voluminous menu. My wife is Filipino and loves the spicy preparations (Word to the wise, if you want #5 hot, that is THAI-style hot - not for those with wimpy palates, like mine. #1's and #2's are spicy enough for me), but they have no problem preparing the dishes for those like me who don't want their mouth on fire for the following four hours. My wife and I started with gyoza and some curry puffs appetizers, followed by Tom Yum soup (to your degree of heat), and then our entrees. Finally, for the first time, I tried their Pad Thai with chicken, sans peanuts. What took me so long!? Best Pad Thai I've had, with the tamarind based sauce a real stand out. My wife had one of the specials, a Salmon ChooChee curry with a nice moist and properly cooked salmon filet and vegetables swimming in a moderately hot (as ordered) curry broth. We were both pleased, as per usual.
Service was prompt, polite, and able to handle requested modifications to the usual preparations. For the volume and quality of the food, the pricing is extremely reasonable with most entrees in the $10-15 range. Most dishes give you your choice of protein, and there are a wide variety of asian beers to choose from, as well as sake, and a small wine list. Couldn't fit in dessert last night, but I love the crepe with ice cream and a raspberry sauce.
The dining crowd spans the entire range of Beaches residents with BMW's and Porsche's parked next to F-150's and Ram pick-ups. Good food at fair prices is for everyone, and all seem to be made welcome at Simply Tasty Thai. It's now on our regular "circuit" with North Beach Fish Camp, Safe Harbor, Ceviche and V's. Enjoy!
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