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Thairiffic Thai Asian Cuisine & Bar
128 Main Street, Marlborough, MA 01752
Sometimes I wonder why people go into business. Unless they own a goldmine, I would think that would be very appreciative of new patrons looking to try a new restaurant. The benfits outweight the negatives, if they like the cuisine they'll come back with new friends and the clientele will grow and the restaurant will have a good reputation for their food and service. Well, I've seen my share of restaurants where the staff doesn't exactly have the right etiquette. Inititally, I wouldn't go in because I felt "How Dare They Treat Me This Way" but I got over it, its the food I'm most interested in. The staffing, well, it comes with the territory but I will always mention the unprofessionalism and you guys can determine if you'd like to visit the establishment. Mind you the circumstances behind my family visiting this place. It was the last day in Maine and we were departing. and it was late afternoon and I was tired and hungry, a volatile cocktail of steam ready to burst. Got kinda lost looking for this place but eventually found it. I guess it was about 3:25, the restaurant was empty but the door was still opened. So, we proceeded to enter. To my dismay, the so called hostess comes towards us, no smile no nothing and said that they will be closing at 3:30 and we need to put our order in 5 minutes. Now, I said to myself two words and thought about turning around. But the look on my wife's face and my daughter showed they could use a good meal. I sucked it up but rushed to get the order in. Now my wife is notorious for ordering things not really related to the theme of the restaurant. She ordered a bento box with various compartments for different items. My daughter ordered a orange chicken and I ordered Pad Thai a Thai noodle dish in a Thai restaurant. Needless to say my wife was dissatisfied with her bento box and my daughter like her orange chicken. I mean you really can't ruin orange chicken but my Pad Thai was excellent. The flat rice noodles were perfectly chewy and unbrokened. I could taste the tamarind, brown sugar and a touch of fish s sauce, the 3 main ingredients for Pad Thai. In Thailand, the dish is made extra sweet. Nice amount of bean sprouts, cilantro and a slice of lime topped with crushed peanuts. The portion was perfect and so savory. The Asian restaurants that offer flat rice noodles 90% of the time are broken. This was not the case. Either its a very popular dish and to me it is and the turnover is very fast, so the noodles don't sit and dry out and break as its stir fry. The perfect dish for me. Needless to say I was ready to complete the rt of the return trip home.
So what can I say, I always believe that good service along with good food go hand in hnd but I do make exceptions and I do tell you that if you go to this place, don't go at around 3:30. The atmosphere was very fancy and comfortable. but order the Thai Cuisine and don't order any specials. Why/ Specials are products that haven't turned around and they need to clear out that product or they are slow moving dishes that will eventually get old and spoiled but I think you guys should know that.
So, on a scale of 1-5 and 5 being the best for my dish, I give this place a +5 BUT from a courtesy standpoint a (-1), don't go at :30 PM , Fridays for lunch and dinner, or Saturday's for lunch and dinner.
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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