Thai Thai, Ypsilanti, MI

I was happy to finally get a chance to try out the Thai Thai restaurant in Ypsilanti this week. I had heard several people comment on the good quality of their food and had seen a lot of positive reviews online as well. In past attempts to call in a carryout order they were closed, but the other night I was finally successful!

I chose the #17 – Gai Pad Prig Haeng, or cashew chicken. My dinner included white rice, grilled chicken breast, chili peppers, green and white onion in a sweet and salty brown sauce. I am sort of a connoisseur of cashew chicken at Thai restaurants, it’s my favorite dish. This one stacked up quite well. My favorite is still Lotus Thai in Ann Arbor, but this one was pretty similar. The flavors in the sauce were like the one at Lotus, but the dish was missing mushrooms, which I really like and may request next time I order it at Thai Thai. Although the single asterisk on the menu next to the dish number indicates it to be “mild” I’d argue that it may be a medium spice level for the non-experienced. Personally, I enjoyed the spiciness.

I found it a little odd that they don’t give potential customers easy access to their carryout menu. The links in this blog post will take you to their menu on Facebook but I found even that hard to find initially and they don’t have a website. When I picked up my order I asked for a take-out menu, but they don’t have one available and just mentioned that its available online. So, if you’re interested in trying them out, click one of the links in this post to find Thai Thai’s online menu and don’t give up if the first few times you call they are closed despite the early hour. My first taste says it’s worth the effort.

Lotus Thai, Ann Arbor, MI

Lotus Thai has been a favorite lunch spot of mine. I used to work on the west side of town and made it over there frequently. Now, I’m sad to say that I only make it out there once in a while.

Service at lunch is usually pleasant, but often a bit understaffed. The quality of the food makes up for the slow service, in my opinion. The dishes are consistently good and the portion sizes are a good value for the $8.96 lunch special that includes a small salad and a Thai spring roll with the entree.

My favorite dish is the cashew chicken. The cashews are always very fresh and nicely toasted and I haven’t found another Thai restaurant in the area that has a better sauce for the cashew chicken. The portion sizes are generous and I can get two lunches out of one order, but because their spice level can be a bit hit-or-miss I usually order in between mild and medium for leftovers so it doesn’t get overly spicy the next day. The spring roll is always perfectly crisp and delicious and the simple honey sauce is a nice compliment. The dressing on the salad is a little sweet, but still a nice addition to the meal.

The designer and artist in me loves the intimate and cozy upscale Asian decor and that the plates the meals are served on are beautiful and seem to change with every visit. It’s just an added touch that makes the experience a bit more special.