I’ve been on a mission to find a favorite Thai spot in town. It’s not that there’s a lack of options in GR; it’s the fact that so many don’t use fish sauce. WHY??? Fish sauce is a staple of Thai cuisine! It makes food delicious! Use it!
Another reason I’ve been on the hunt is because of my friend, Joe. He’s Thai, and we used to work together years ago. He would always make real Thai food and it was amazing. My favorite. As years go on, I still haven’t found a place that serves food as delicious as his.
I recently visited Nu Thai Bistro, which is located on 28th Street in GR. What do you think, has my quest finally ended?
The best part of Thai cuisine are the salads, as pictured above. They were great. I always try laap when I go to a Thai restaurant, and this one is my favorite. I order steamed rice to eat with it. The Yum Woon Sene Salad took me by surprise because of all the lime. When you eat all the components together, the chicken with the cilantro and onion and noodles, it evens out. That’s what I love about authentic Thai food; it’s all about the balance of flavors and senses. Spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, and never too heavy. Also, portions here are large, so keep that in mind.
When I was here, it seemed that there was only one person in the kitchen. The dishes took a while but I didn’t mind. I will always wait for good food. However, reading over reviews, wait times for meals seems like a common complaint. You probably shouldn’t come if you’re in a hurry. Hopefully the only one cook issue isn’t a permanent one.
So, was the food as good as Joe’s? No, but it’s the closest that I’ve found. So, along with Thai Express, I can safely say that Nu Thai Bistro is one of my new favorite Thai restaurants. And yes, they use fish sauce!