I'm a pretty regular customer at Nha Trang (mainly Pan S.E. Asian to Sinicized-Vietnamese), which is only a few stores down from Greyhound Café. I have passed by this restaurant several times and always assumed it was a sandwich/soup kind of place, given the décor and glass dessert case in front of the restaurant. However, after looking for Thai restaurants in TST on OpenRice, I discovered that this restaurant was a bit of a fusion/Pan-Thai kind of restaurant. I decided to check it out based on the -okay- reviews with family members one weekend and ended the meal with a conclusion that we should have just stuck with Nha Trang.
The restaurant is half open in the front, so if you value a semi-private/private environment while eating, this might not be the best place. Shoppers will be constantly passing by but the noise level isn't too bad. It's Ocean Terminal rather than the Ladies Market in Mong Kok after all.
We ended up ordering:
An appetizer of crab/corn cakes
Mains of vegetarian Pad Thai, shrimp Pad Thai, and beef ball noodles
Drinks that consisted of iced coffee and warm lemon tea.
Iced coffee was sweet. Nha Trang's is also sweet, but not as diabetes inducing as Greyhound's rendition of this drink. It won't be a big deal if you have an incredibly large sweet tooth though. Coffee taste was good despite everything
'Crab' corn cakes
It was partially my fault for ordering this since I should have had the foresight that this would not be well executed. The 'crab' in the cake was completely overwhelmed by the corn bits and the sweet Thai Chili dipping sauce only added to that effect. It all turned out to be a starchy corn fritter and if the menu hadn't read 'crab,' I would not have guessed that it contained any at all. *Hello marketing ploy to charge more $$ for a corn/batter concoction* Did it taste bad
? No. Was it what I was expecting given its name on the menu? No. I also need to note that the appetizer came LAST after we had finished the drinks/mains.
Mushroom (Vegetarian) pad thai
Shrimp Pad Thai
Condiments that came with mains
The Pad Thais were overwhelmingly 'sweet.' (Notice a recurring trend in this restaurant yet?) I've had some pretty decent Pad Thais in my lifetime and I would not put this anywhere close to them. Noodles weren't chewy enough and the dried shrimp they used were the deep fried kind. Again, I have to be fair and can't label these as inedible, but these are definitely not good examples of Pad Thais that satisfy those cravings. They were both nicely presented, as you can tell. Very 'deconstructed,' with scallions, crushed peanuts, and crushed chilis on the side.
Final Thoughts: The service was alright, but not spectacular. For example, one of my dining partners ordered warm water from the waitress. They initially brought it out with no problem but refilled the cup with ice water (same waitress). I guess it's just consideration for a customer's needs as a person working in the service industry that these prices should justify. The food, on the whole, was not disgusting, but was not good. At this price point in Hong Kong ($480 for three people), you should be expecting something more in terms of food and service. Would I come here again? Maybe for their desserts, which are supposed to be famous, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they might be too sweet ;)
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Feb 17, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately HKD160(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 2