Bayside, New York
December 14, 2001
We had walked all day and were dead tired. We decided to go into the first restaurant that had an open door. Thai food is always welcome at any time after 1:00pm so we were delighted to go into the King and I. As we entered, the wall decor immediately to our left was a golden relief work which was framed and depicting typical Thai art. The walls' colors were a melange of soothing pastels until your eyes come to rest at the back: a bright red wall further embellished by huge wooden schools of fish.
Tables are set French bistro style. We sat side by side at a booth and were taken with the beauty of the embroidered placements which were protected by top glass. They depict the exotic Thai dancers with their graceful movements. The silverware is intricate and carved, and quite unusual. There was only one person as a server, bus boy, cashier. This was probably due to low attendance by tourists on the island.
On the plus side, the food is freshly made so if you're in a hurry, move on. Most entrées are super spicy and marked as such; we ordered Pad Thai which is a tasty combination of noodles , peanut sauce , & chicken . There was not enough lemongrass in it, but I was hungry and tired and willing to forgive. As usual we ordered for one, when food arrived there was enough for 4. We both had seconds. Chuck also had his newly favorite el Presidente beer and I stuck to water with a slice of lime. I was disappointed again in that they did not have any traditional Thai desserts but rather offer chocolate cake and ice cream which are an anachronism here. Bananas and Coconuts are so abundant and readily eaten on the island that I don't think the Puerto Ricans would shun that dessert. Oh well.
Another plus was the ambiance which was serene and enhanced by instrumental new age music. For $22.00, we ate quite well. Recommended if authenticity is not that important in your dining.
Other Thai restaurants we've been to:
Café Bangkok , Novato, California
Erawan , Queens, New York
P.F. Chang's , Asian fusion, nationwide
Thai , San Francisco, California
From journal Puerto Rico - Isle in Style