The other day I met a friend for lunch at Thai Taste. I hadn’t reviewed it since we had dinner there quite awhile ago, and I thought it might be nice to see how the lunch offerings were. I like that they offer reduced portion lunches at a very reasonable price, but that they are cooked to order (no buffet). I think the entrées are all about $7 and include soup or salad, a spring roll and rum cake for dessert.
I really enjoy Thai flavorings and have been enjoying trying different places around Indy. This one happens to be very close to my house, so it is an easy one to stop into. I chose soup (you had a choice of Tom Yum soup , a rice noodle soup, or salad). I went with the noodle soup since I had decided not to get noodles for my entrée. The soup was nice. It was a mild flavored clear broth with a decent amount of rice noodles in it, and I think the main seasonings were black pepper and a few pieces of cilantro on top. It would likely be too bland to eat an entire order of this soup, but it wasn’t bad.
For my main dish, I had the Garlic chicken. The lunch portions are actually quite large, especially for the price. I have to say though; I was disappointed in the chicken because it was pretty dried out. I enjoyed the flavor of the garlicky, peppery sauce though; it helped make the meat more enjoyable. Unfortunately though, I also didn’t really care for the fact that the meat was piled on a bed of cabbage, because all the sauce soaked in to the cabbage and left the meat even drier. It would have been better if the meat was allowed to sit directly in the sauce so you could get a bit more of it with each bite.
My friend shared her Pud Thai (using their spelling) which was much better than my dish. It was your classic rice noodles with bean sprouts, onions, tofu, egg and green onion and a light, slightly tangy sauce (I think the tanginess comes from tamarind). There were dices of chicken and some crunchy peanuts on top. This dish was much better than mine, because you could really taste the flavor of the sauce and because there were so many different flavors with all the various ingredients. And the chicken, if it was overcooked, was not as noticeable because it was much smaller pieces that were fewer and farther between.
Honestly, I didn’t really care for the spring roll that much, or maybe I just get them too much with dishes and am tired of them. There just wasn’t anything about it that made me want to eat the extra calories. It was a little too doughy on the inside. We both skipped the dessert (we couldn’t even finish the entrées) so I can’t speak to the rum cake.
This place does a very good lunch business though, and you are certainly getting a good value for your money. I would rank the food in the middle of the pack as far as Thai places at which I have eaten in Indy. Some things are quite good and other things just okay.
5353 East 82nd Street
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