Bring a date, not a group. I recently ate here on a rebuilding trip to New Orleans with 10 high school students and 2 other adults from Oregon. We overestimated the size of the restaurant and did not make a reservation - lesson learned - but were nonetheless seated within 10 minutes at a long table in the center of the restaurant. In retrospect, we wished they had told us they could not accommodate a group of our size. Despite our energetic waitress' best efforts, the kitchen could not keep up with an order for 13. We waited nearly 45 minutes after ordering for our food to arrive and even then, it trickled out onto the table over the next 15 minutes. The first people served had finished by the time the last people's food arrived. Fortunately, the food was good enough to help our hungry teens forget the wait. On the whole: a good restaurant, but not for groups.
Go for the food, not the service. The food here is excellent, although there are many dishes that are crossed out on the menu post-Katrina which I find to be slightly un-professional, but no big deal. I have tried many dishes there but by far my favorite is the red curry with beef, and I get Roti bread with it. It is phenomenal. The only drawback to this restaurant is the service. If you go, request that the only Asian guy there be your waiter. He's polite and knows the menu and you will get your drinks and food in a timely manner. Anyone else, however... good luck! I have had 2 other waiters there and each time had to walk out of the restaurant - and I am not that kind of person! The first time we waited a half hour just to get water, another 15 to get the drinks we asked for, and after another hour without our food coming out, we decided to leave. The second time, my entree came out on time, however my boyfriend's entree NEVER came out. The waitress kept coming out and saying "It's almost ready." She never should have brought out my entree until both were ready. And after 20 minutes and his entree STILL hadn't come, I paid for my meal and we left. I'd say your best bet is to call in an order and pick it up.
Excellent Thai in a Nice Area. Mmmm I had shrimp pad thai cause in New Orleans you GOTTA try seafod-type stuff. I usually get chicken elsewhere but this place made me want to try shrimp. The spiciness was perfect, and the shrimp were big and delicious. It's a BYOB, and when we B'ed our own B, they didn't come over for like five minutes to uncork the wine. That was a bit annoying, but they made up for it by serving us the most excellent veggie rolls on earth. They came cut in half, and you could actually distinguish which vegetables were in the rolls. Boyfriend had Pad See Ewe, which was devoured with pleasure and nary a breath. Service could have been better, but it was late and they let us just sit there and finish our wine with no hassle.
not bad, but inconsistent. im a big thai fan, where i lived in minneapolis we had lots of it, and very good. unfortunately i cant find that here. but, sukho thai is my favorite nola spot, primarily because its nearby. their soups are on the weak side, and i cannot imagine why a thai joint doesnt have fresh spring rolls. usually the curries are good, but the last time the red was watery. avoid the duck panang curry, as its not really a curry at all.
what happened?. I looooooove sukho thai and can't get enough of the red curry (with chicken) but the last 2 times i've gone it's been lacking. the spring rolls were a little different and the red curry was missing some of its bite, its flavor. this has been since it reopened in august - is it under new management? i still recommend it, the roti makes up for lost flavor, mmmm, but i hope the curry gets back up to snuff...
Faubourg Marigny Thai cafe achieves a perfect balance between striking flavor combinations and a casual, neighborhood-spot feel..
With its towering ceilings and relaxed, cafe-like vibe, Sukho Thai fits nicely into its Marigny surroundings. Pale golden walls add to the irregularly-shaped room's airy feel. An efficient but informal staff guides a mixed neighborhood crowd (hipsters and staid professionals) through an unusually encyclopedic menu.
The menu runs the gamut from the usual deep-fried starters to more unusual fruit-based curries and outstanding wok-fried entrees. Secondary flavors lend outstanding depth to most dishes: lime juice and lemongrass add bright aromas and flavor to the chunky tom yum goong soup; rich coconut and fragrant basil play well in the savory panang beef curry. Heavily-sauced "drunken noodles" combine rich, dark soy notes with just enough garlic to cut the sauce's sweetness. Desserts rotate through the specials board, but usually play toward the tropical flavors instead of pastry-based options: A black rice pudding matches sticky grain texture with sweet-tart tamarind sauce and a hint of salt.
Food True to Thailand.
I used to live in Thailand for many years, and I can honestly say that no other restaurant in New Orleans comes as close to the wonderful food I experienced in Thailand as does Sukhothai. Nothing is watered down for American taste. The seafood, curries and noodle dishes rock! And the place just has a cool, friendly vibe to boot.
Give it a try. And bring your own booze.
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