Those of you who have read my other reviews know that I'm constantly on the lookout for good Thai food in all the places I travel to for work, and you know that Thai Nakorn in Alexandria, Virginia sets the standard for Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, and Sticky Rice and Custard (if not for atmosphere). Well, last week I was in Norcross and finally found a restaurant that equals Thai Nakorn in the sticky rice and custard department.
Thai Star in Norcross offers a very nice dining atmosphere. The restaurant itself is an upscale stand-alone edifice, which I have found to be quite unusual for Thai restaurants. Most I've found are either in strip malls or else in somewhat tired-looking buildings. Anyway, the building makes use of good interior design elements that provide a nice welcome as you walk into the dining area. Most of the decorations are of Thai origin (liked the various wood carvings), but the country style decoration hanging on the wall above our booth was oddly out of place. The booth we sat at was not really comfortable, as the table sat way too far away from me. I had to sit on the edge of the seat just to reach the table. Not sure if all the booths were aligned like this, or if we just got lucky (ha!), but not being able to sit comfortably while I ate was probably the worst part of the dining experience. (I just pulled up their website and noticed that this booth appears in the image that accompanies the menu page. It's the last booth along the wall, the one right next to the door.)
I don't recall much about the service. I've had a very busy few days and have eaten at many restaurants in three different states since then, and honestly, nothing is standing out in the service department of this restaurant. I guess I'll say it was average (no good memories, but no bad ones either).
I ordered Beef Pad See Ew and Thai Iced Tea. The tea was good, but the Pad See Ew was right about average. If I was to ever go back there for a meal, I would try something different. But when our server brought the sticky rice and custard, I was in heaven! I was dining with a colleague of mine. Norm had never tried sticky rice and custard, but he was adventurous and ordered one for himself. He thoroughly enjoyed it and even the next day was telling people at work about it and thanking me for introducing him to the dish. I must say that not only does Thai Star serve its sticky rice and custard in the exact same style as Thai Nakorn in Alexandria, but the quality is also just about matched. The only thing I would do to this dessert is serve the rice a little warmer and the custard a little colder.
Would I go back? You betcha I would, but it would probably just be for dessert!!!
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