Thai food attempts to balance the five fundamental flavors: bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and victory. Score a win for your mouth with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Thai cuisine and drinks at Taste of Thai. Choose between the Hillcrest location or the Del Mar location.
Adorned with a Gold Medallion Award from the California Restaurant Association, Taste of Thai walks culinary tight ropes of authentic, bold flavors within its minimally designed dining rooms. A meal inside the bamboo-bathed Hillcrest dining room begins with the Shrimp Sarong, an unwearable plate of bulbous shrimp, marinated and nestled in egg noodles, deep fried, and accessorized with palm sauce ($7.95). Hunger-havers can salivate over a cornucopia of thai rice and noodle dishes ($8.95–$12.95), each accented by a choice of tofu, meat, or seafood. Three's Company, a house specialty, tosses shrimp, squid, and chicken in a house curry paste with green pepper, peas, and an unbearably catchy theme song ($11.95). Sweeten meal endings with a bowl of milky, coconut ice cream ($3.95) to cool flames from a fiery dinner rush.
In the Del Mar dining room, earthy tones of green and copper hug culinary cavorters, who start meals by earning their wings: boneless chicken wings stuffed with ground pork, cellophane noodles, black mushroom, carrots, and onions ($8.95). Traditional thai curries ($9.95–$13.95) simmer in curved bowls of coconut milk and bamboo shoots, prickling palates with sharpshooting finesse. More adventurous appetites will take a culinary voyage on the Love Boat, a steamed mix of mock scallop, mock duck, and thai herbs ($11.95), which may result in spice-induced dreams involving white polyester swim trunks.
Taste of Thai's San Diego location has a four-star average from Yelpers and four Insider Pagers. It has a 3.5-owl-eye average from TripAdvisors. The Del Mar location has a 3.5-star average from Yelpers, a four-star average from three Insider Pagers, and a 3.5-owl-eye average from TripAdvisors:
- Great spot for lunch or dinner. I was pleasantly surprised how attentive the service was. Decor is nice and clean. I had shrimp shrimp pad thai and by far it was the best one i had. – Natalya C., San Diego location, Yelp
- My college-student son and I are both Thai food fanatics. While visiting him at UC San Diego last weekend we had dinner at Taste of Thai, which was near my Del Mar hotel. Wow! Everything was fantastic. – kimmrj, Del Mar location, TripAdvisor