Lets be honest, I've never been a huge fan of going out for Thai food. It never seemed worth while to go out and get mediocre food I could easily get at home. I hated paying ten dollars for a pad thai only to get noodles & bean sprouts with a sprinkling of protein smothered in ketchup. I always felt ripped off!
Then, I found Thai Orchid.
What I love about this place is that you definitely get your moneys worth, without sacrificing quality as well. For lunch you get soup, a spring roll, along with rice & an entree all for $10! It was a great value.
The broth was a simple hot tom yum soup with raw mushrooms thrown in last minute. I loved that last minute addition of mushrooms, it keeps them fresh and crispy so they still maintain a good texture and doesn't ruin the colour of the broth. It's all in the details. The spring roll, on the other hand, I could have gone without, 'cause nobody does a spring roll quite like my mama!
From the lunch menu we ordered the orange cashew chicken - onions, carrots, sweet peppers, fresh oranges, cashews in a mild lemon & chilli sauce, and the spicy beef in coconut milk - beef stir-fried with chilies, onions, lime leaves, bamboo shoots, red peppers, green beans, black mushrooms and basil with spicy coconut milk sauce
They were also generous enough to let us order some appetizers from the dinner menu so we got fried calamari, corn fritters, and mango salad to share.
The service at Thai Orchid is also one of the reasons I keep coming back. Very friendly and accommodating. Sometimes they lack a little finesse but their kindness is always very genuine. More than once I've had something complimentary sent out from the kitchen, fried bananas for dessert or spring rolls as an app, something little just to show they appreciate their customers.
168 Hwy 8
Stoney Creek, ON