Best panang curry lunch special in SoCal at Pailin Thai Cafe! Asian comfort food at its finest.
There are about four places to get Thai food in Rancho Bernardo; a north San Diego hamlet, known for geezers and tech companies. Pailin consistently has the best Pad Thai, that I can tell you!
Outstanding dinner recently at Pinto Thai! Crab Fried Rice for $13.99. Made with fried jasmine rice, fresh crab meat, egg, green & white onions, peas, carrots and tomatoes in their special sauce. I’m not exactly sure what was “special” about the sauce, but it was a very good fried rice dish.
This one did not have the traditional up front soy sauce flavor, it was more delicate and subdued. It did however have a great spicy note with unique, herbaceous and fresh tasting flavors. The consistency was on the drier side compared to most fried rice dishes I’ve had. You’ll find a liberal amount of crab throughout, although no lump meat! It mostly consisted of smaller bits of a more institutional, foodservice grade quality of crab. Fairly conservative amount of egg and green onion. Would have benefitted from more. For those of you who love cucs, Pinto garnishes most of their plates with several thick slices of cucumber. Acts as a nice cooling agent when you have a spicy dish.
This was a huge serving that could have been easily shared by two. I ate most of it and I’m pleased to report that it did not leave me feeling all bloated afterwards.
Pinto Thai for lunch recently! After enjoying their Pad Thai for some time, I’ve been meaning to get in and try one of their curry lunch specials. I chose my favorite, “Panang Curry”. It’s made with coconut milk, green bean, bell pepper, sweet basil and your choice of protein, only $7.99. (They also have green/red/yellow curry.)
I ordered mine with chicken and it was outstanding. This dish was chock-full of tender, succulent white-meat chicken. Curry broth was rich, flavorful and savory. So good I finished it with a spoon! One of the best curries I’ve had anywhere!
Lunch specials are served with vegetarian soup of the day, house salad, rice, Thai vegetarian egg roll and fried wonton.
Weekday lunch specials at any Thai restaurant are a wonderful thing and this place is no exception!
Recently we put OrangeCrate through their paces and ordered from two different restaurants at the same time. It’s great that we can do this because Gail and I often disagree (lovingly) on where or what to eat! She was able to get her favorite meal from Boll Weevil and I satisfied my Asian desires with Pinto thai Ramona. From Pinto, here’s a Pad Thai Noodles dinner made “combo” style. It includes an assortment of shrimp, chicken, pork and beef. It’s sort of “house special” style if you’re familiar with Chinese menus. These Asian dishes hold up really well under take-out conditions. It was overall outstanding, but I will say the chicken and pork were fairly dry, overcooked and somewhat tough. I would love to get this with just beef and shrimp.
I have to say, I was amazed. Both restaurants quoted a 60 minute delivery estimate to SDCE. The Orange Crate driver had both meals picked up and delivered in 36 minutes!
Two reviews in one today! I know – lucky you, right? First time trying MyOrangeCrate and I have to say I’m hooked! Ordering from the website was easy yet thorough. It’s simple and straightforward to make the most minute customizations. Considering all of the restaurants and stores they work with for delivery, you can tell a lot of thought and consideration has gone into this service. There is also a smartphone app which I have and it works well.This is my favorite part: After placing your order you are kept updated in realtime as to the status of your order via text message, email, or however you choose to configure your account. You know when your order is confirmed; being placed; driver arriving at restaurant; and driver enroute to you! This is perfect if you need to warn your family “we’re eating in 10 minutes!”
Late Saturday afternoon I placed an order with Lemongrass Thai Food. Before ordering, the OrangeCrate system estimated deliveries from Lemongrass to my location would be about 60 minutes. Once my order was placed the driver was at my door in exactly 35 minutes!
Now on to Lemongrass and the food! I ordered a Thai Spicy Fried Rice with beef. It was a generous portion, neatly packaged in a black tupperware-like (disposable) container with tight fitting lid. I’ve had a few entrees at Lemongrass since they’ve opened and this was probably the best. Made with stir fried steamed jasmine rice, egg, chili, bell pepper, onions, and basil leaves. Hard to see in the picture, but there is a good amount of tender sliced beef throughout. I’m pleased to say all the beef was edible with no unfortunate oral extractions. An overall hearty dish, flavorful, spicy, etc., that held up well over the 15 minute drive to deliver.
Gail, not a fan of Asian food, had the Chicken Sa-Tay appetizer. She seemed to like it and ate it all. Comes foil wrapped in a styrofoam box. Includes a tasty peanut sauce and cucumber salad. Gail might have more on this in the comments.
Junior had the Calamari Strip (rings?) appetizer. This one I was concerned about how well it would hold up. Typically a breaded fried food is best eaten quickly without sitting around. It wound up not disappointing! And Junior liked it which is the main thing. It retained enough crispiness without getting all flabby. I will say they seemed like institutional frozen rings to me. I’m just glad it didn’t have all those hideous spidery legs. Junior might have more on this when he’s old enough to have his own FB account.
I have to say, all the food was delivered hot and fresh tasting. Nothing left me with the regrettable feeling that I should have bypassed OrangeCrate and eaten it there in the restaurant.
Still the best Pad Thai lunch special in SoCal! Especially prepared with the BBQ pork. Even the spicy Thai soup appetizer is tasty. If you’re ever in the Rancho Bernardo area, this place is well worth the visit!
After last weeks disappointment I had to get over to the new Pinto Thai to try their lunch specials. I ordered my favorite, Pad Thai (with shrimp). Lunch special prices depend on your protein of choice. Shrimp or beef is $8.99, chicken or pork $7.99. There’s a few other options as well, including vegetarian, combo, seafood, mock this or that, etc.The Pad Thai here was really good. The shrimps (4) were plump, fresh tasting and cooked just about perfect. Not all overcooked and tough. I always held Thai Time Pad Thai in high regard. This one came close, but not quite 100%. I will say it was remarkably better than what I had last week at the other place. A much bigger serving too.
Lunch specials here are served with soup of the day, house salad, Thai vegetarian egg roll and fried wonton. The soup was pretty good, came out nice and hot, contained cabbage and some mushy zucchini. The “salad” was just three thin slices of cucumber completely submerged in some sort of dressing, crowned with some shaved carrot and cabbage. The wonton looked more like a small empanada. It was filled with some kind of curry paste type substance. I didn’t care for it. The vegetarian egg roll was mushy inside and had an unpleasant texture.
Love the new interior! Gone are the dark, heavy booths and tacky decorations. Now it sports a much more bright and homey vibe. So comfortable, I could just hang out there!
I recognized some of the old staff, they’re always nice and bubbly. Although after my food came out they were aloof and distant.
Anyway, it was an enjoyable visit – can’t wait to go back and sample a curry dish.