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Thai Spice restaurant is located at the festival Shopping center in Bel Air, MD. Formerly the restaurant was called Saigon Pearl.
Thai Food offers lots of curries, and semi spicy food.
I walked in and the place was huge. A mosaic Thai decoration covered the wall a you walk in.
I was seated promptly and offered a pretty diversified menu. I decided to order a traditional soup called Tom Ka Gai (coconut chicken soup with lemon grass). I've had this before so my expectation was set very high. I ordered an appetizer, Shrimp patty with chili sauce. I've had these before and expected the same. My main dish was the national noodle dish of Thailand (Pad Thai) with a lime wedge, ground peanuts, fresh bean sprouts and thin rice noodles with egg and shrimp.
I was pretty hungry but realized that there wasn't many people during the dinner hour between 6 PM- 8 PM.
The coconut soup was watery with 2 pieces of sliced chicken, no taste of lemon grass.
The appetizer shrimp patty was ground shrimp dipped in panko flakes and deep fried. (frozen). If I'm paying $7.95 I expect fresh shrimp patty with some Thai kafir leaves and mixed with red curry paste.
The Pad Thai was wet, no flavor of tamarind, fish sauce but barely sweet. Just plain in flavor, not robust.
The last thought was this dinner was very expensive for 3 dishes. Over $30/1 person. Not worth it.
Cutting corners just back fired.