Return to OCHA THAI
Remember when we went Thai restaurant hopping with uber-chef Jet Tila (Jet Tila’s Tale of Two Thais)? ELV put his choice of a Thai restaurant up against the Jet-sters and we had to begrudgingly agree that Tila’s choice that night (Krung Siam) was the fresher, more vibrant, and cleaner of the two when it came to bringing forth the flavors and heat of true Thai cooking.
We returned to both in the last two weeks, and can’t tell you who or what is wrong with Krung, but our simple meal there of shrimp in a Thai curry sauce, Thai pork jerky and papaya salad was the worst Thai food we’ve ever had. The shrimp (still in their rock-hard shells), were nothing but stale tasting mush (a sure sign of having been thawed and refrozen, perhaps repeatedly). All shrimp texture and taste was shrimply absent (ouch!), and we found ourselves spitting it out for its in-edibility. We pointed at the plate to our waitron, made a grimace, and she whisked it away. But it remained on the bill. Our pork jerky was scarcely better — in place of mush it was the consistency of shoe leather (we know its supposed to be jerky-like, but these pieces were un-chewable) — and the green papaya had to have been shredded two days earlier.
Krung Siam we shall visit thee no more. You are hereby banished from the ELV eating kingdom for conduct unbecoming a great cuisine.
Ocha Thai on the other hand, may not blow you away with originality, but each of the half dozen times we’ve been here, we’ve left happy, satisfied and with our mouth pleasantly on fire. (We at ELV find a vanilla malt from Luv-It-Custard – three blocks north – is just the right extinguisher.)
The above meal makes a nice light lunch: sour Issan sausages (charmingly called Thai “hot dog” on the menu), todd munn (deep fried fish cakes), and a nice sweet, sticky, spicy cucumber salad to dip them both into. Those sausages are surprisingly digestible, the fried fish cakes equally so, and no one does the sweet/hot thing better than Thai.
Not a world beating Thai meal by any stretch, but consistently good and tasty — with nary a mushy crustacean in sight.
Our meal for one at Krung was $57 (including a $10 tip), while lunch at Ocha was $32 (including an $8) tip. You make the call!
1201 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89104