I’ve been on a real Thai food kick as of late. But as I’ve mentioned countless times, when a new ethnic restaurant opens up in the suburbs, one that isn’t Chinese, you simply must go. Back in May I was driving and saw a sign that said “Le Thai Cafe.” Between the fact that it had a French definite article in its name and it was Thai food, I was intrigued. So back one Saturday over the summer when we were local and running errands, we headed there for lunch.
According to D, Le Thai used to be a coffee house some years ago (he’s a local of the area). But it’s since been converted to a Thai food establishment, although from the outside you would never know as it’s located in what appears to have been a charming house at one time (the area itself is replete with older historic homes). Upon entering I was surprised to see how large a space it was. It’s also beautifully decorated with mostly natural lighting (always a plus in my opinion).
It wasn’t crowded but we were there at a more of an off-peak time and I had read reviews on their Facebook page about there being waits at dinner time. But fine with me.
We both ordered a Thai Iced Tea ($3) to drink and it was huge. I’ll admit, towards the end I was struggling to finish it since it’s very sweet (it’s made with condensed milk).
To start I decided to go the soup route and ordered the Tom Yum soup ($4). It’s made with lemongrass and lime broth and features tomatoes, mushrooms, scallions, and cilantro. The broth was delicious, up there with pho.
D ordered the Spring Rolls ($5) and was a bit surprised when he saw how many came out. But obviously a good deal for the price. And spring rolls are spring rolls, so yes, he naturally enjoyed them.
For my entree I went with the most Thai of dishes, Pad Thai ($11). This consists of stir-fried Thai rice noodles with egg scallions, bean sprouts, and crushed peanuts. It obviously tasted delicious but I was also impressed by its lovely presentation.
D went with a favorite of his for his main course-Pra Ram (chicken in peanut sauce). Unfortunately it’s not listed on their menu online so I’m not sure of the cost but nothing at Le Thai was outrageously expensive. He liked that the chicken wasn’t drowning in the sauce and had a lighter taste to it. It came with loads of green vegetables and a choice of either white or brown rice.
Dining at Le Thai Cafe was a real treat and I wish the owners all the best in their new business venture. Being relatively close, I definitely plan to return again.
Le Thai Cafe
2909 Mount Royal Blvd | Glenshaw, PA | 15116