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1625 NE Alberta, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559087 -122.648218
Neighborhoods: Vernon, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
What a disappointment – I have been to Halo Thai three times now. The first two times were not during the rush hour. We had a great experience those two times, and the food is delicious. However, on our last trip we were sorely disappointed and due to the horrendous experience, we do not plan to return. We got to Halo Thai at 6:20pm and placed our orders at 6:40pm. Then we waited... and waited... and waited. After 30 minutes we still had not received our appetizers. Finally, they came about 40 minutes after ordering. We waited another 20 minutes after the appetizers were finished for our meals to arrive. No one bothered to stop by our table and apologize for the wait. The owner had casual conversations with customers, and even went out for a little break while we waited. At one point, the waiter said under his breath "I don't know why they serve the to-go customers first". However, he still had no apology for us. It took 10 minutes for him to get me a to-go box when I asked for it, and at least another 10-15 to get the bill for us when we asked. Needless to say we did not tip, and will not be returning. I can't even imagine how bad the service will be now that we've eaten there without tipping!! You'd think if you were waiting a table for over an hour and half, you'd at least try to get a tip out of it and give friendly service. The waiter only mumbled when asking us if we wanted more water, the bill, etc. So sad...
Do you have all day? – There was one server for the the whole place, which was pretty full (but small), and this guy is casually walking around. There was no indication that he thought his customers might be impatient or hungry or need menus or even water. We waited for a good 10 minutes at our table before the server showed up- even after making eye contact multiple times. It took over 20 minutes to get water. Everything took far too long. We both had a glass of wine, an appetizer & an entree. This took an hour & 10 minutes. The food tasted great, but had no heat. We ordered medium- you never know when hot is going to be truly hot & knock you out. Medium, my Irish heinie. No heat- nothing- zip- not a pepper seed to be found. My "white rice, no spice" loving 8 year old neice would have been comfortable with this.
And no "thank you." I'm no food critic, but isn't it customary for servers to say thanks when they hand you the bill? He didn't even acknowledge us leaving.
Don't get ripped off... Worst Thai in N. Portland.... – This place is a joke! My co-worker and I eat out for lunch everyday and try new restruants at least twice a week. This has got to be by FAR the biggest dissapoint for Thai food in the North Portland Area. My experience: Went to Halo Thai to get two orders of Pad Thai w/ Chicken to go. The waiter said it would be at least 15 minutes to get our food as there was a table with 3 other people? It took 20, which I'm sure most would agree is too long for people trying to eat there on their lunch out. Still that wasn't a big deal and got a to -go menu to order ahead next time ( Which we won't) After 20 mins we got our food to go. Came back to work to eat: There was literally 2 small pieces of chicken in the pad thai which was already a small portion. I asked my co-worker if he had any chicken and he said there was a couple pieces but already ate it. I called the restraunt thinking it may have been a kitchen mistake, I spoke with the same person who helped us a the restruant and remembered us. After speaking to the kitchen he said there was chicken in there. After a couple minutes he didn't understand that 2 little pieces of chicken was not pad thai. I told him to forget it and we would never return. Thai Noon one block up the street ***** Much Much better and quick everytime - generous portions - Highly recomend - Also Monsoon Thai 4236 N. Missipi is also superb. Just about anywhere else I'd suggest.
I concur, best Thai food on Alberta – I'm picky about Pad Thai and frequently enjoy the tofu Pad Thai at Halo. All the stir-fries are good, the salad rolls are top-notch fresh, and the swimming chicken (in peanut sauce with broccoli) is sinful. Attractive plating, friendly service, and willingness to lay on the spice round out a healthy lunch for under $10.
Best Thai Fodd on Alberta – There are three thai food restaurants on Alberta street, and Halo Thai is my FAVORITE. When you walk in to this perfectly lit restaurant the ambiance immediately invites you in. The food is not skimpy and every dish I have tried tastes authentic but not greasy. Halo Thai hits the spot.
Wonderful curries! – I have yet to be disappointed by this restaurant. Dishes are actually prepared when you order them, so try an appetizer and give your dish some time. The plating is beautiful and the flavors are wonderful.
Great location. Terrible Food. – We gave this place three chances before we gave up. Worst Thai food we've ever had. Other polite Portlanders were also sending food back to their chagrin. The cook came out to argue with people too...not politely asking what was wrong but being aggressive and surly. I don't think he has any idea what Thai food really is...just trying to jump on a band-wagon with this popular cuisine. The sauces are watery and sweet. The noodles are gluey and not authentic to the dishes...spagetti-like noodles rather than wide rice noodles are thrown into several dishes. Veggies are overcooked and taste like dishwater. Every time I walk by this place I want to warn people not to order. I often see the cook sitting outside looking grimey and smoking a cigarette while he scowls at people walking by. Nice. It's really too bad because the location is so central and the space isn't bad. I also felt sorry for the waitress because she was very sweet and professional but she had to keep appologising to people getting upset about how bad the food was. Give this place a wide pass and head further down to ANY of the other Thai places on Alberta. They aren't stellar but at least they know how to cook. If you want really good Thai in NE head down to Fremont and order from Tuk Tuk.
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