I love Thai food. My husband, on the other hand, is a bit apprehensive, because unfortunately, until now, he had only been to one other Thai restaurant, and he didn’t really care for the dish that he ordered. But, when I saw Soi 9 Thai Eatery featured on Living Social, I jumped at the chance to try another Thai Restaurant.
Location: 1914 W. Burnside, Portland, OR
Order: My husband and I both ordered the Pad Thai with Chicken ($7.50 per plate), and an order of Poh Peah Tod (Crispy Spring Rolls, $4.50/plate) for appetizer.
What I Think:
This has been my first Thai food in a long, long time. Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes, but, it has been my experience that not all plates of Pad Thai are created equal. I’ve had some really bad Pad Thai, in fact, it’s been many years now, but, once I had Pad Thai with bad shrimp. As in rancid, spoiled, rotten … you know … bad. Since that time, I request no shrimp on my Pad Thai. The horror of that plate haunts me to this day. I have been on a quest of sorts to find a good Thai food restaurant, one I can trust to deliver good Pad Thai. And I think I have found it with Soi 9!
This place rocks. I love the atmosphere: a kind of modern-minimalist with touches of industrial kind of feel. But, as much as I enjoyed the atmosphere, the best part of the place is the food, and that’s just the way it should be.
We started with our drinks, and I ordered Thai Iced tea … one of my favorite beverages. When in a Thai restaurant, I order Thai Iced Tea! It’s a MUST! And this was prepared properly – the black tea base was good and strong without being bitter. It was strong enough to withstand the sweetening it endures to become Thai Iced Tea – sometimes Thai Iced Tea can be too sweet and you don’t really taste the tea. I’m glad that didn’t happen. Somebody knows what they’re doing at Soi 9.
For appetizers, we ordered the crispy spring rolls, which I chose mostly because I knew that my husband would at least enjoy these. And they were very tasty. The wrapper was light and crisp and not greasy. The shredded vegetables were still just a little crunchy. I liked how fresh it tasted.
Our lunch plates included a generous portion of Pad Thai and a side of salad made of fresh spring greens and topped with a delicious curry dressing. It was lightly sweet with a hint of curry spice. My husband really enjoyed the dressing, which surprised me because he is usually a ranch dressing kind of guy.
The Pad Thai was amazing. The sauce was perfect! It was spicy … but not so spicy that I felt the need to grab the nearest glass of water to extinguish the heat. The sauce didn’t taste overly fishy, it had a really nice balance of flavor, and I liked that the sauce didn’t goop up the whole plate. There was just enough sauce to coat each ingredient without making it a sticky mess. I also liked that the noodles were cooked but not mushy. They were separate, not stuck together. The chicken was tender. This is definitely the best Pad Thai I’ve had in a long time!
My Final Thoughts
If you love Thai food – you really should try Soi 9. I was very impressed from start to finish. Our server was very friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious. A perfect lunch.