I am a HUGE fan of Thai food and generally jump at the opportunity to try a new restaurant suggestion. If someone suggests that you even consider Sala Thai, I suggest that you proceed with great caution.
Shrimp Spring rolls – The dark-colored tube down the back of a shrimp is its intestinal track, and harbors bacteria. My husband had the great pleasure of biting into one of the spring rolls and seeing just that – a big black spot. When brought to the attention of the waitress, she told us “it’s just the texture”. After refusing to eat the appetizer, she finally offered a vegetarian option and soon after presented him with a single spring roll.
Thom Yum Gai – This is a very simple soup to make, but was a BIG miss at Sala Thai. The soup had no flavor whatsoever, was cold and had an aroma that resembled dirty socks. I had one spoon full and set it aside. When ask by the waitress how it was, I told her that it was not good. She simply left it beside me and wandered away.
Lunch special – While I gather that the entrée portions of the lunch special were palatable, the soup was, once again, a big miss. Watery, bland and cold best described it. These bowls of soup joined my Thom Yum Gai off to the side of the table, and there they remained.
Papaya Salad – This was my entrée and again, was completely inedible. The salad was swimming in a pool of, what had to have been, fish sauce. I generally order this type of salad each time I am out for Thai, and I have never been served such a disgraceful dish. Need I say it – I had one bite, left the rest of the dish untouched.
Of the three appetizers, three soups and three entrées that were ordered - one appetizer, all three soups and one entrée were not touched. All however, were charged for, to the tune of $65.00.
Upon paying the bill, we decided that a tip was not in order, due to the lack of adjustments. Why should I pay for a meal that I didn’t get to eat? Furthermore, our service was pretty lousy and service recovery was next to non-existent. All of this must have been a surprise to the waitress who bluntly informed us that “tip is not included”.
If you are in the Alta Vista area and have a craving for Thai food, forgo Sala Thai, spend the money on gas and drive 5 minutes down Bank to Siam Kitchen.
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