When you open the doors to Chili Thai, you walk directly into an invisible wall of scent. The smells wafting from the kitchen serve as a greeting to patrons and beckon them to come and sit down.
The restaurant itself is a rather small establishment off of 94th Street near Tacoma Boys, but it’s a great find. The ambiance is warm and the restaurant isn’t overly decorated and gaudy like many other Thai restaurants.
One of my favorite dishes was the red curry. There was a large assortment of ingredients in the curry and they complimented each other perfectly. The only ingredient I wasn’t fond of was the black licorice leaves, but thankfully there weren’t many of those.
The curry had a spice level of three on a scale of one to five, and it was the perfect amount of spicy. It was enough to leave a pleasant tingle at the back of your throat, without leaving your eyes watering and your nose running.
For those that aren’t a fan of spicy food, I would definitely recommend the pad thai or the classic fried rice.
The pad thai at Chili Thai is some of the best I’ve had in a while. It definitely trumps the pad thai of other nearby restaurants, such as Bangkok Thai on 112th Street. The same can be said for the fried rice, which is simply amazing.
As good as the food is, the small portions mean that you have to order more in order to get full. With dishes averaging at about $8, it can add up fast if you’re with a group of any size.
Some dishes I would recommend staying away from are the cashew chicken, as it’s lacking in the cashew department, and the jungle pork, unless you’re a fan of an overabundance of mushrooms, in which case, go jungle pork crazy.
Besides the few dissatisfying dishes and downsized portions, Chili Thai has delicious food and a great atmosphere.
I give it: three stars
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