Portland >Food & Dining > Thai Orchid Restaurant
2231 W Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.523475 -122.697102
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
On a visit to Portland, I stumbled into this restaurant at 2.10 pm one Wednesday afternoon. The sign said they were closed between 2.30 and 4.30 pm, so I was not sure I would get to order an eat-in meal. The waitress still greeted my heartily and took my order with a smile, saying there was no need to rush. We got to talking about my recent discovery of the wonder that is Thai ice tea and where one may find it to make at home (I am from Norway where eating out is incredibly expensive). Before I was done eating she had brought out the tea leaves from the kitchen to show me what they look like. The food was good and very reasonably priced. I went back the next day for dinner and was greeted by the same waitress as the day before. She asked if I had had any luck finding the Thai tea mix. I had asked at Trader Joe's where I bought some spiced chai mix thought to be the closest they had. Once again I was treated with the outermost courtesy and was served delicious food. When I was ready to leave, the waitress came to the table and presented me with a whole bag of the Thai tea mix and refused any extra compensation for it. Long story short: Best service I ever experienced!
pretty much thai from a can – had the pad kee mao.....all broccoli nearly no chicken and what was there was dried out. no flavor no spice small portion....very. had a green curry.....again no flavor, gross over cooked goo of eggplant . so very far from what it was a year ago when i last ate there, no resemblence to thai food any more. i will stick to going to Lemongrass, even though they are not open every day i will face the wait till days they are open. still can't figure out how what i got managed to be put into my togo bag.
They lie about what's in the food. – They put msg in the food but on the menu they say,"no msg added". So if you wonder why the food tastes so good, that's why.
Worst food anywhere!!! Avoid always!!!!! – This ''restaurant'' is supposed to be good, but I found out that it has the most unhelpful service and bland, untasty, cruddy food. I recomend any other thai restaurant than this one. When I walked in, there was plenty of seats but a sign said to wait to be seated. I asked the lady if she would take us to our seat, and she ignored me. Finally, after 20 minutes, I got seated. Talk about lousy service!!!!
hands down best meal(s) of my life – I love Thai Orchid. They're always happy to see me, the warm goodness of their noodles warms me from my soul to my toes, they never mess up an order, their service is consistent. Nothing makes me happier after a long day to go to Thai Orchid with a book or a good friend.
Thank you Thai Orchid, thanks you, thank you, thanks you.
Love their yellow curry and pad thai – We are hooked on pad thai and yellow curry. They taste so good. Thai iced tea is also very good. They seems to do a lot of take out. The service is good and friendly.
Long time favorite, flavorful food, nice decor, and friendly – We have been to Thai Orchid for over ten years. We have never been disappointed. The food is flavorful and consistent. We usually order panang seafood (seafood in panang curry sauce), pad thai, and pad khing chicken (stir fried with ginger). We would like to order others but we are so hooked on these three items.
Inconsistent Quality Food and Service for high prices – I feel compelled to write this less than satisfacory review after a recent experience, especially since Thai Orchid does charge premium pricing Last time we went in we ordered Rad Na which is suppossed to be prepared with eggs in the noodles while stir frying. It was incorrectly prepared with eggs in the gravy (wrong). Ate it and it was terrible. Pointed this out to the same waiter on the next visit. Waiter remembered the previous visit and also saw that it was incorrectly prepared by a new cook and said nothing at the time, neither offered to have the dish done over properly. This second visti he recommended I try it again "to make it right". This time it was prepared correctly but was pretty tasteless....not good enough to be a restaurant offering in my opinion. In neither case was I offered the opportunity to order a replacement entre (at no cost) or offered a credit against a future visit. Any really good restaurant (from a customer service perspective) would have made such a complimentary offer after a customer has directly expressed having a bad experience. This was truly a disappointment.
I recommend that Thai Orcid management to a much better job of training their wait-staff to be sensitive to any patron having a bad experience due to problems with dishes not meeting expectations or improper preparation, especially when the person involved is a known repeat customer. Also it is obvious that the cook-staff need some serious fine-tuning on some of the proper "spicing" of basic Thai dishes like Rad-Na. It may be a while before we return. Time to try a few other local thai Food establishments in the meantime.
One of the best Thai around – I have been to many Thai restaurant; Thai Orchid is definitely one of the best. I love their red curry with roast duck, Po Hang -- combination seafood dish, and Pad Thai.
Thai Orchid is the Best – I have been to many Thai restaurants; Thai Orchid is the best. I love their #86 Pad Kee Mao. It is so flavorful. Their red curry with roast duck is so good.
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