Portland >Food & Dining > Thai Peacock Restaurant
219 SW Ninth Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522894 -122.679980
Monday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Quality Thai Food – I have mostly ordered here to go, and a sat down a few times. They have good food...it's what I would expect from a Thai restaurant. It gets pretty busy from time to time, but I have never had to wait to be seated. I would take a date here....then again I would take a date a lot of places most people wouldn't. I'm going to leave it at this is a good restaurant. The food tastes delicious...like most Thai food...and I would recommend it!
This is my favorite Thai restaurant in Portland. Not only is the food delicious, but the service, portion size and value are all excellent. The only negatives that I have for this place is atmosphere and parking. The tables are a bit small and the chairs on the uncomfortable side. If I had to guess, I would say that the restaurant could sit about 60 uncomfortably or 30 with room to spread out. This is not a reason to avoid this wonderful establishment though. It is not 'that bad' and most people would probably have no issue with it.
My favorite meals from Thai Peacock are:
Tom Ka (Coconut milk soup with mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions, flavored with lemongrass and lime juice),
Phad Thai (if you don't know what Phad Thai is, you've never had Thai food before),
Pad Kee Mao/Drunken Noodles (spicy rice noodles with veggies, basil leaves, and your choice of protein)
Chicken Pad Ga Prau (Chili, bell peppers, onions, and sweet basil leave).
I judge Thai restaurants by their Tom Ka. Phad Thai is hard to mess up, but if you can make an incredible soup... then I'm sold. Now it's not the best Tom Ka that I've ever had, but it's a good second place.
Side note: the best Tom Ka that I've ever had was from a little place in Lompoc, California that went out of business soon after I moved. I seriously put their kids through college, I went there so often. When I left, they lost their best customer and couldn't keep the lifestyle that they had grown accustomed too with me coming in every day. :)
My final word: Best Thai in town
Very yummy - especially on a cold night – Pretty small space but cozy and warm. Was a great stop after wandering around in the cold. We ordered Tom Kha Guy and loved it... mmmm... so much we ordered a 2nd bowl. We also had two other dishes - unfortunately can't tell you the names.. but one was another chicken that was still on the bone in some teriyaki-type sauce. It was very good and tender. The third dish was so-so. Our server was great; she also took some time to basically give us a short lesson on Thai language. (it started with 'guy' (chicken) and if you want Tom Kha with chicken, say Tom Kha Guy, or with Tofu say Tom Kha with tofu, etc... and it went on from there) Good food, try it out.
Editorial Review – Spicy pad kee mao, tangy pad thai and varied curries draw Pearl District professionals and budget-minded students to this cozy spot.
a little pricey – If this restaurant were located elsewhere, it would never make it. Service is surly, prices are above average, and food is only okay. Do yourself a favor and walk a few blocks in any direction and you'll find better Thai food. It's Portland after all.
My Fave thai place in Ptown – I have no idea how people can have anything bad to say about this place. Their food is amazing and service is wonderful!! For all you Pad thai eaters....venture out! That is hardly thai food. The curry is AWESOME!! I basically eat it everyday. I wish I was thai sometimes...
Yummy Thai food near Powell's Books – Order their pad thai, the appetizer combo (including their delicious fried tofu), and a Thai iced tea. You won't be sorry.
Almost great – I eat at Thai Peacock alot during the week for lunch. The lunch meals are a good value, $6+ dollars gets me more food than I can finish. There have been days where my girlfriend and I swear the food is some of the best Thai we've ever tasted...but what's really a shame is that they just aren't consistent, even down to the ingredients which go into any given dish. Overall, the food is good, and you may get lucky and have it be *amazing*...I certainly have.
modest – This restaurant is very much like the most Thai restaurants I've been to -- exotic food with less than authentic Thai flavored dishes. Some dishes are too greasy and I wonder if they went through a bit of western adjustment? The service was okay if they weren't in such a hurry. Their lunch menu was diverse and the food was served pretty quick for the amount of preparation involved.
Greasy ... but good – These guys take the crown (from Thai Orchid?) for the amount of oil used in the dishes ...which are no doubt flavorful, colorful and tasty. Our stir fry dish was 'floating' on a lake of red colored oil (it was hot as hell - but thats good!). So, if you are counting calories or grams of fat - you want to give TP a pass. Otherwise go ahead and gorge on perfectly wonderful westernized Thai food.
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