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January 7, 2009
March 27, 2003
Thai Café is a bit tough to find. It's tiny and tucked away in the nether corners of a strip mall off the main strip in Indy's Broad Ripple district. To find it, look for the strip mall next to Broad Ripple High School, then find the signs for Shalimar's Indian Restaurant; Thai Café is right next door.
When you step into Thai Café, the first impression is S-M-A-L-L. The dining room takes up the majority of the space (thankfully), and that's only about 15 to 20 square feet. Walking in the door, you almost walk right into someone else's dinner. For as small as it is, though, this place has a lot going on. The decor is vibrant, eclectic, and visually tantalizing. Check out the ceiling sculpture. My friends and I have always described it as "the exploding brain." Personally, I feel a trip to Thai Café is worth it if for no other reason than to see it.
My usual is the vegetarian pad thai, an order of spring rolls, and a glass of Thai coffee. Yeah, yeah... generic Western selection, but it's just so good! The entrées are huge, and I rarely leave without a take-home box. The best thing (in my opinion) about the food is the tofu used for vegetarian dishes...whoa! I've been playing around with tofu for years and have never come up with something this delicious! The outside is crispy without being carbonized, but velvety on the inside. I don't know what they marinade it in, but it's unbelievable. Ingredients in all dishes are ultrafresh and the flavors are potent and forward in true Thai tradition. If you want something a little less spicy, try the padd prik bai horapa; it's very sweet and smooth with pineapple, veggies, and your choice of tofu or meat in a red sauce.
An appetizer of spring rolls is highly advisable for any dining experience. They are flaky and warm, with fantastic fresh vegetables inside. The dipping sauce is sweet, tangy, and wonderful. My favorite Thai Café dining buddy often swears to eschew her boyfriend in order to marry the spring rolls... don't ask.
If nothing else, try the Thai iced coffee. It's incredibly rich and sweet. They float the sweet cream on top and serve it in a beautiful glass demitasse. It's nirvana in a glass folks.
The prices for entrées have risen in the last few months. You can now expect to pay near to $10 per entrée, but it's still well worth it. Appetizers are about $3 - 5, and the specialty drinks are about $2 - 3. My usual bill is around $18, and gladly spent.
My last recommendation is to dine with a group. It makes the Thai Café experience all the richer!
Check it out folks!
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