Continuing on my quest for the best Thai in LoHud land, I paid a lunch visit to the Thai Garden in Orangeburg yesterday. I had a refreshing Thai iced tea. Delishy.
The restaurant is in the space that used to be the Peanut Grill at the corner of routes 303 and 340. I never went to it when it was the Peanut Grill, but I can pretty much surmise that it was not decorated with Thai art, like the golden rooster on the bar.
I started with a rice paper roll:
The sweet chili sauce was light and the filling was good but not as varied as I would have hoped. It was mostly chicken. (This may be a bonus for some people. I was hoping for something more surprising.)
I adored the Tom Kha Gai soup:
I admit I was worried when I saw how white it was, but the coconut was just a lovely perfumey addition to the soup, not its main component. The vegetables were carefully and beautifully sliced on the bias, the mushrooms wereÂ cut in quarters and sauteed and there was plenty of juicy chicken.
Pad Thai was next:
It had a deep, earthy flavor from the soy and just enough heat to be interesting, but not enough so my Grandmother couldn’t eat it. Beans were crisp and fresh and the noodles and bean sprouts were tossed evenly â€” no clumps. It is in contention for being the closest thing to authentic I have eaten since my trip to Thailand.
The green curry:
Also well-balanced with good heat. It didn’t leave my lips burning like the one from Sripraphai, but it was awful good.
At lunch, both the pad Thai and the green curry (and the delicious chicken basil that I took to my husband back at the office) came with rice and a salad with peanut sauce. Quite a steal for $8.
The Thai Garden is owned by the same woman who owns The Thai Garden in Sleepy Hollow, which many say is the best Thai in Westchester. (On a side note, her brother owned The Thai House in Nyack for 10 years. He sold it last year and moved to North Carolina, which may explain why I find the Tom Kai Gai so salty these days!) She said she opened this branch to be closer to her home in Nyack. I’m really glad she did.
The Thai Garden, 303 Route 303, Orangeburg. 845-680-6437. thethaigarden.comÂ