What was interesting here was that the $15 set menu during Crave gave us practically free run of the entire menu for the entree. Appetizer choices were far more limited, but we did get to indulge in some Thai iced tea. The $20 menu would have upgraded the drink to beer or wine (or a house dessert) and it would have also included a bowl of soup.
Seating at Chad Thai consists of two main rows of tables, one side of which has a bench along the wall. This lends itself much more to parties of two to four people. It’s comfortable, but it can feel a little cramped getting around.
I get a glass of this almost every time I go out for Thai food. The Chad Thai version is lighter in its approach than most places. Neither the tea nor the sweetness level were particularly pronounced.
Between the two appetizers, I definitely preferred the wontons over the spring rolls. The wonton skins were beautifully light and crispy. There was just the right amount of filling for the perfect two-bite wonton. The spring roll skin was definitely thicker, though I appreciate that the spring rolls were not overly greasy.
The green curries at some other Thai restaurants have a much more pronounced color to them, sometimes bordering on the artificial. That’s not the case here. The curry was fragrant and flavorful without being overly spicy (we opted for medium). I was disappointed to find the lack of baby corn here; most of the bowl was filled with very mild eggplant.
All too often, we find ourselves ordering the same thing every time we go to a Thai restaurant. We usually end up with a pineapple fried rice and a plate of Pad Thai noodles. So, we decided to choose something slightly different for our Crave experience. The rice noodles here are pretty well the same as Vietnamese pho, but the fermented tofu-tasting stock is decidedly different. I enjoyed the noodles and soup, though the seafood tasted like it had been frozen.
This was not our first visit to Chad Thai, nor will it be our last. The food is generally rich and flavorful without being too heavy-handed with spices and seasoning. Dishes arrived quickly at our table and service, while clearly rushed, was friendly and efficient.