Went to Spice Thai a few days after they first opened in late October, 2012. Our meal was delicious, and service was great. Vowed to go back.
Returned on March 18, 2013 to find that the food was not as I had previously experienced:
Tom Ka Gai (coconut soup-I had it with chicken @ both visits): used to be flavorful, thick, and seasoned with lots of lemongrass and lime leaves, as well as the Thai ginger called Galangal. The second time the same soup was very thin and watery, and the flavor was so mild that I lost interest and left over 1/2 of it in the bowl. Upon saying this to the waiter I was informed that "they use a different coconut milk now". Truly dissapointing, as it is my favorite soup in the whole world, and have ordered it many times in Thai restaurants. It went from the best I had ever had to the worst.
Green Papaya Salad: also was fresh and very tasty and full of flavor upon my first visit, and lacking flavor the second visit. No taste of fish sauce or Kaffir lime leaves, which are so important to make this salad come alive. If there was cilantro in it I couldn't see any. A bit soggy, too, not crisp like it was freshly made.
Basil Fried rice: beautiful presentation with lots of vegetables...but where was the basil? Only found 2 or 3 very small leaves of basil in the portion. I love basil, and this rice dish did not deliver.
The Thai iced ted was good-pretty standard at Thai restaurants.
My dining partner ordered the sirloin steak with peanut sauce (forget what the back page of the menu called it). The steak was so gristly (not fat, gristle), that she had a whole appetizer side plate full of gristle after trying to eat the steak. Just a super cheap sirloin-awful.
I explained to the male waiter how dissapointed we were in our meal, and he gave us 20% off of our bill.
We had requested seperate checks (only two of us dining), so each of us left money to pay our bills on the seperate little bill trays. I payed with cash, and included the tip with that cash. I did not tell her that the extra was for her tip. Our server (one of the female servers) took all of the cash and did not return my change...she assumed the extra was for her tip. BIG MISTAKE. Regardless if a customer includes the tip with the bill, or not, a server should ALWAYS return the change, regardless. OR, the server should ask the customer if they need change. When I tried to expain this to her she said "This restaurant is no good for you today", and took no responsibility for keeping the change as her tip. She did return the difference, incorrectly the first time, correctly the second time. It was frustrating to talk with her because she said that she returned my change. Maybe she didn't understand me, I don't know.
So there you have it. Not the delicious meal we had the first visit, and a frustrating server experience. Will find a different Thai restaurant to go to the next time I visit Orlando.
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