The Thai food served at Kaffir Thai Cuisine is definitely improving. Although it has not yet reached the standard set by its predecessor, Sukhothai, the food and preparation has improved. Although not all dishes are remarkable, the value makes eating there worthwhile. The quality of the food dropped noticeably after the restaurant changed ownership, but while other Asian restaurants are open in Havertown and one of these is exponentially more expensive, the improvement of the cuisine, the value, the excellent attentive and understated service and the quiet cozy ambience make Kaffir Thai equal to them and even better for couples seeking a quiet repast.
I ate there twice in April and May after a gap of two years since my last visit and found the meals tasty and spiced to my taste as requested. Two of the three appetizers, the Golden Ring (fried calamari) and Tulip Dumplings were excellent. The accompanying peanut sauce was a little too sweet. The third appetizer, the Chixken Satay was rather plain. The Papaya Salad I ordered was spicy and delicious with just the right amount of kick. Of the two entrees, the Chu Chee Duck tasted wonderful but could have been a little crispier and the vegetables in my Pad Thai should have been fresher. I was served my Pad Thai so quickly I knew it had been prepared earlier in the day. With Thai cuisine, that is a no-no. My usual dessert, Thai Iced Coffee, was pleasing.
Located in the heart of Havertown, PA, with metered parking on the street and around the corner in the municipal lot on Darby Rd., take out and delivery are available. BYOB is welcome as Kaffir Thai does not have a liquor license.
Kaffir Thai (named after a type of lime leaf used in Thai cooking) deserves to see a lot of business during the upcoming 2013 US Open Golf Tournament being held at the Merion Golf Club less than a mile away.
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