Following a delicious Saturday lunch at Ciudad Vieja, I had another restaurant recon mission to look forward to. Andrea, Kyle, Brenna and I met up at Thai House, my first time at the restaurant I’d heard such good things about.
Santiago’s food scene has changed immensely since I first lived here in 2005. Back then, the general consensus was that Chilean food was bland and boring. As foreign exchange students who enjoyed both late nights out and saving money, my friends and I were happy with the many options for greasy sandwiches and completos (hot dogs with toppings like mayo and avocado) to be found cheaply until all hours of the morning, but we weren’t exactly enjoying any kind of developed restaurant scene.
When I moved here in 2007, “ethnic food” pretty much meant sushi. Santiago was and still is obsessed with the stuff - some very good, and some disturbingly bad – and it was one of the first non-Chilean foods that you could easily find.
Nowadays, there are so many more options as the city changes rapidly. Thai food used to be limited to only one or two restaurants, and now I can think of several and am sure there are more I don’t know about. Thai House is one of these places that’s popped up in the last few years, and I was anxious to finally try it.
The place settings set the mood for some authentic Thai food. Of course, I have no idea what authentic Thai food really is considering I’ve never been to Thailand, but whatever. The table looked nice, ok? And that green thing in the corner? Basil pisco sour. Good stuff.
We started with an order of Ghiaw Grob Gai, also known as chicken wontons with sweet and sour sauce. Nothing amazing, but decent.
I went the boring route and ordered Phad Thai Goong Sod. I was tempted by one of the soups, but I figured if the meal turned out to be as good as I’d heard I would make a return visit, and I just was in the mood for noodles. The flavors were balanced, with nice big shrimps. And check out that carrot flower!
Andrea humored me by letting me photograph her Gaeng Keaw Wan, green curry with chicken. I also got to try a little bit – she specifically said “so you can blog about it,” so thanks to her for that contribution to this post – and it was very yummy. I’d go for this over the pad thai next time, not because my dish was bad but just because hers was that good.
As I said, I’m decidedly not a Thai food expert, so I feel a little unqualified to come to any conclusions about how good Thai House is in terms of Thai food. But I do consider myself qualified to talk about food in general, and from that standpoint I can say that there are good meals to be had here.
Now I just have to figure out how to convince Rodolfo to order that green curry so I can try the soup I had my eye on and still get some curry goodness. The perks of marriage.
More in this series
Saturday in Santiago