Expansion has killed more restaurants than bad food ever has. – ELV
First, a little history. ELV’s office used to be a mile or so from Archi’s Thai original location, so he estimates he’s eaten there at least a dozen times over the years. Second, you should know a Thai client, whose name was something like Chaiyaanunt Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnopparatrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkattiyavisanukamprasit, took him there two times maybe five years ago, after swearing it was the best Thai in all of Vegas, and the only place “all the local Thai people go” — so ELV used to be impressed with its bona fides.
We lost touch with Archi’s for the last few years during our downtown sojourn, but eagerly drove up last week to re-sample what we’ve always considered the very good food from maybe the second or third best Thai restaurant in Vegas.
Something has obviously happened to the original Archi’s. Maybe it’s the expansion — the dining room has doubled in size — or maybe its the expansion — there are now several Archi’s around the valley — but what came to our table was several notches below the finely tuned, highly spiced cuisine we remembered.
Gummy, pasty spring rolls — so tame they wouldn’t have offended Aunt Edna — insipid sauces, and a silver noodle salad promising shrimp and peanuts that had exactly two, undercooked shrimpy shrimp, and six peanuts in it. It also tasted like someone just threw some Thai pepper seasoning on top of it as it was leaving the kitchen, and possessed none of the deeply-spiced heat we used to associate with this place..
An off day? Perhaps, but from the time we walked in until we left, we got the distinct feeling this place was just going through the motions…and one that had lost whatever mojo it once had.
You have been warned.
ELV’s lunch for one came to $25.51, including a five dollar tip.
ARCHI’S THAI KITCHEN
6360 West Flamingo Road Ste. A
Las Vegas, NV 89103