I was in the mood for Thai food tonight. I live on the Westbank of New Orleans, and didn’t feel like crossing the river. My favorite Thai place on the Westbank is Banana Blossom, but I felt like trying a different place. There’s a place called “A Taste Of Thailand” that I’ve been hearing good things about, so I headed over there. For some reason they closed early tonight!
I pulled out my iPhone, googled “Thai restaurants near me”, this one popped up, so I headed that way. Amazingly, this restaurant is in the same place Banana Blossom used to be! After they moved another Thai place jumped into their old spot!
I decided on fried calamari and the national dish of Thailand. Pad Thai. Shrimp Pad Thai to be exact.
I asked what the two sauces were with the calamari. My waitress said the clearer one was a sweet and sour, and the other was a creamy sauce. Both were good.
The calamari was fried very crispy and delightfully chewy. I like a chewy texture. It wasn’t tough or anything, but definitely not what you’d call tender. Very good.
When I ordered the Pad Thai, my waitress asked me how spicy I wanted it. I didn’t know what to tell her, then she said, “1 to 5”. Her English wasn’t very good, but I understood she was giving me a scale to tell her the heat I wanted.
Now, I love spicy food. If this had been a Creole or Cajun restaurant, I would have said 5. But I’ve been to Thailand. I know the Thai people don’t mess around when it comes to heat! And it’s a different kind of heat than Louisiana style cayenne pepper heat. So to be safe I told her, “Let’s go with 3”.
Take me advice. If you come here, DO NOT go past a 3! It was plenty spicy enough! A 4, I probably couldn’t have enjoyed it.
It was delicious. Seven really big shrimp in it. Only thing is they left the tails on them. I hate that. I’m greedy and lazy. So since I don’t eat shrimp tails, it slows my eating down and make me work to take the tails off! Next time I get it I’ll just request they take the tails off. But it was a great Pad Thai.
The only desserts they offer are mango with coconut sticky rice and fried ice cream. I wasn’t in the mood for either one. I went a few blocks away to Joe’s Café and had some coffee and donuts for dessert.
Banana Blossom can get a little crowded and noisy on weekends, so I’m glad I found this place. I recommend it!
2112 Belle Chasse Hwy., #10, Gretna, LA 70056 Ph: 504-392-9307