We recently tried this place as an alternate to our usual Thai restaurants. Since it's located nearby and was uncrowded on a Friday night, we thought it was worth a try (even though we swear by a couple of other Thai places not too far away). Unfortunately, we left disappointed and will not be back to Northlake Thai.
The restaurant is located in a strip mall and doesn't look like much from outside, but that's okay. The interior was comfortable, though as we looked closely, we noticed some of the tell-tale signs that this place is attempting to appear more upscale than it actually is. For example, cheap wooden chairs covered with loose fitting fabric covers; white table cloths over the tables (but with spots and food stains visible on the hidden edges of the cloths); some stains on the wall in the area we were seated. The formality of the hostess and waiter also didn't match up with the location and the nature of the restaurant (we were thinking, "Who are they trying to kid?"
Now, for the food: overall, not very good. Our appetizer was rice-coated fried calamari; it was simply average calamari that you might get at a bar; nothing special. The chicken coconut soup, at $5 per small bowl, was also average at best....not bad, but certainly not justifying costing a buck or two more than better Tom Khai Gai I've had elsewhere!
Our entrees were the most disappointing, though. I had Basil Beef, one of my favorites at Thai restaurants (so I figured it would be a good comparison item). It was really quite bad. The beef is best described as that over-tenderized, low-grade beef you often encounter at a cheap Chinese buffet....almost gelatinous in it's texture, and nearly devoid of any remaining semblance of having once been beef! Meanwhile, the sauce was more sweet than spicy, and I found the entree as a whole very unappetizing. I actually couldn't eat much of it, mainly because of the "beef" and the excessive sweetness of the sauce. We fared somewhat better on our other entree, Masaman Curry Chicken. We thought we couldn't go wrong there, since they billed this as "Our signature Masaman Curry." Well...if that's their signature dish, they need to go back to the drawing board. The white meat chicken was decent, but the sauce was strangely watery. It was not at all creamy, as one would expect from this dish.
After dinner, the waiter rather obtrusively placed a dessert tray on our table, and appeared a little miffed that we opted out!
The real kicker of this place is that it's actually 10 to 20% more expensive than many of the other Thai restaurants in the area. Our bill for two, including tip, was $60 (no wine or other alcoholic beverages).
If you want good Thai, I would strongly recommend Top Spice, which is only a few miles down Lavista toward town, or Bangkok Thai. There are other good ones, too. But we will not be returning to Northlake Thai...once was enough.
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