We've eaten at the "original" Thai Thani in Orlando many times and have never had a bad meal, so we decided to eat here when in Tampa as we thought we would have just as good of an experience. We were wrong.
The restaurant is located in the Channelside Bay Plaza, which appears to have many closed businesses. The restaurant is located upstairs, and we could not find an elevator and the escalator was not working, so up the stairs we went. If you have problems climbing stairs, you will have a problem reaching the restaurant. There is free parking in a surface lot across the street from the restaurant. There is also reduced rate parking in a nearby garage. We dined on a Sunday evening and there were very few customers - At most four tables with no more than three customers per table. I'm not sure if there were few customers due to the location or the quality of their food.
My husband and I shared the crab Rangoon appetizer which was quite good, but that's where it ended. I was disappointed that my favorite item at the Orlando location was not on the menu at the Tampa location, but I got past that as I love Thai food and knew there would be something else that would be good. I had the prawn clay pot and my husband had the double delight that contained chicken and shrimp. Both dishes were greasy. I've had the clay pot dish in several other restaurants, and always enjoyed it. This version had bacon in it which is something I've not seen before, and maybe that is one of the reasons the dish was so greasy.
We were offered chopsticks, which I thought odd as the restaurant has a lot of authentic items as decorations, so I thought they would try to stay true and truly be Thai, and chopsticks are not Thai. Maybe they are trying to "Americanize" their restaurant by offering things Americans like, but in my opinion, the secret to having authentic food is to be true to the cuisine.
We won't be back to this location.
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