Cary >Food & Dining > King & I
926 Ne Maynard Rd, Cary, NC | Directions 2751335.802546 -78.769729
Friday and Saturday
Great Thai Food – We have been eating at King and I for several years now. The food has never disappointed. The lunch buffet is great. Reading over the other reviews, I notice what looks like multiple bad reviews written by same person with issues. All you need to do is come in try the place out yourself. You wont be disappointed.
Good Thai Food – My first visit to King and I. I was not disappointed. I had the lunch buffet. The food selection was varied and all the entries were delicious. The pepper relish will light you up like a south california wildfire. This isn't necesarily the finest Thai food I've eaten but everything was well prepared and tasty. The restaraunt was clean and well decorated. The service was prompt. I have no complaints and will definitely be back.
Bland food, when chicken comes with free house flies - You get to pay full price. Bad service. – Dead on a Friday night, which was ominous but wanted to try it out anyways.
Two things we wanted to order, they did not have. (Out of Eggplant.. asked about a desert ahead of time and they were out of it)
Most the way through my Chicken entree (which was very bland despite a warning about how spicy it could be on the menu), I discovered a pretty large well cooked house fly in my food.
When asked if we wanted a box, said no thanks.. you can keep the fly. She didn't apologize and came back with a full price bill. We told her we didn't feel like we had to pay at all since I ordered Chicken and not Flies. She told us we were shameful and called the cops. Cops came and looked really bored.
We ended up paying 1/2 price. Guy waiting for his food seemed to like the place though.. says he has been a customer there for 2 years and only found 1 fly! He says they are "great".
Disappointing food - bland and there is cheaper/better Thai food in the triangle – I ordered take out for my family of three entrees, including Pad Thai and two stir frys. All three were bland w a watery sauce and overcooked vegetables, nothing of which is standard for Thai cuisine. It was about 6:00 on a weekday, and the restaurant was empty, which didn't seem like a good thing. If you want better Thai food, try Thai Villa. We've always had good service, the quality of the food is leaps and bounds better than King and I, and the prices are cheaper. The only downside is that Thai Villa could use an internal face lift, although some recent improvements were made.
Good Food...Horrible Service! – I have been coming to this restaurant for about 8 years now, and both the service and food have been going steadily down hill. When I first arrived in Cary, I was delighted to have found such a fantastic Thai place. The decor was (and is) lovely, the food was properly spiced, and though the service was never friendly or great, it was good enough to justify the prices. Fast forward: one no longer receives any service. If you think I'm joking, the past year when I have visitied about 10 times I had to look about the restaurant for my own straws, sweetner, and pour my own drinks. If you need extra rice or anything else, it's nearly impossible to wrestle the owner away from her TV and when you do, she acts as if you're pulling her teeth. Also, the food has not been spiced nearly as hot even though both my husband and I repeatly ask for the spicest available. There is simply no excuse for this. On most nights, there are only 4 customers in there. Because of this horrible service, we most likely will not be going back. How disappointing.
Sub-par Thai Food – After reading all the praise on here, my boyfriend and I decided to try The King and I. I was very disappointed with my Pad Kheng--it was lukewarm, not spicy, and somewhat bland (surprising for Thai food to actually be capable of blandness). There was no one in the restaurant, and rather than serve us, our server watched TV. However, my boyfriend DID enjoy his shrimp fried rice, the Thom Yum soup was outstanding, and the decor was nice. I would recommend this place if Sawasdee is closed (if you haven't been there, GO. It's wonderful--right off Capitol Blvd near the Chuckie Cheese).
I guess we'll try Thai Villa next.
Also, if you need help finding this place--just go straight down Maynard, pass the little strip restaurants (where a great sushi restaurant is--Little Tokyo), and King and I will eventually be on your left, near a Food Lion.
Good food but SLOW service – My husband and I love this place and this is the only Thai restaurant he will eat at. I like the food but I am a little impatient person, so I have a problem with their service. I think its a family owned business but they really need to think about hiring someone with little more energy. Over all, the food is good just expect a little slow service.
Excellent Thai Cuisine, Great Service – I don't know what this restaurant was like a few years ago, as the reviews at that time were pretty poor, but my boyfriend and I tried The King & I two nights ago, and it was really fantastic. We split a wonderful papaya salad, and we ate Pahd Thai and Masaman Curry. They were all absolutely delicious, and I'm pretty familiar with Thai food, as I've been eating it all my life (my mom's Vietnamese, but has somehow always been more obsessed with Thai cuisine.) I'm so glad to have found The King & I, and we'll definitely be back often. Oh yeah, and our waitress gave me a free refill on my Thai tea! Where else can you find THAT?
Best Thai in the Triangle hands down – This is the best Thai in the Triangle. We have eaten here for 10 yrs and love the authentic Thai food that rivals the big city restaurants and comes at a price that other places in the triangle don't come close to matching. They have added a buffet during the week that is novel for a Thai restaurant with reasonable quality (better than Chinese buffet in my opinion). If you want the best quality it is always best to order from the menu.
The decor while dated is pleasant enough for out of town customers and colleagues. Try any of the traditional Red/Masaman or Pad Thai and of course the spring rolls and Thai coffee.
If you can handle the heat try their Papaya Salad; it is one of the best I've ever had rivaling CA and NE restaurants.
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