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Address: 4000 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Neighborhood: West Philly
Phone: 215-382-0818
Cost: $$$
Closing Time: 11 pm

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Titanically Terrible Thai
Posted by:  Jamie Papoutsis

Despite the ominous outside, I decided to give this place a shot. The linen tablecloths and single cut flower on each table gave me hope that my dining experience would be enjoyable. I did not realize this place was a BYO so I thought I would detox and asked to see the tea selection. I was shocked to be offered Celestial Seasons and Lipton. It was like walking into a fine French restaurant and being offered Velveeta. I politely passed and stuck with my Skuykill punch. I ordered chicken satays to begin, but was disappointed when they were smothered in peanut sauce. 'Not good' would be an enormous understatement. I felt like I was at the dentist scrapping it away like tarter. I gave up after eating one. My Pad Thai entree was generously filled with shrimp and tofu. It was not the best I've ever eaten, but it was the most expensive at $16.95. It's just noodles, people! I don't think I'll be going back here, especially since there's two other Thai places within arms reach to fulfill my next curry craving.

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Posted by:  Cheryl Soltis

This little BYOB nestled in West Philadelphia purports to serve Thai-French cuisine. And they do, but separately. For instance, diners can order escargot or pad thai, but not escargot pad thai. No fusion on the plates here. But man, even sans escargot, that pad thai is awesome! Most of the food is tasty, but there’s not much in the way of presentation. Steaks are simply hunks of meat on a large plate. But the white table cloths add a nice touch of class in an otherwise half-seedy, half-university crowd. Who knew the college kids munched on escargot these days?

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