My husband and I decided to give this place a try since we were frequent customers of the old Pearl Castle (we're sad they closed down). The decor of this place is nice. It had the old structures but they make it more Thai-ish. Friendly customer service and we were seated right away.
They had a lunch menu with some special combo items. I ordered the Prawn Panang from the set menu that includes some rice, Vietnamese spring rolls, and salad ($10). My husband ordered the Bankok (yes, that's how they spelt it on the menu) fried rice ($8). We also ordered the Thai tea ($3) and dessert was Deep fried bananas with ice cream ($4).
First the Prawns.... Good flavour for the curry sauce and nice sized prawns. I would've liked more pieces since it only came with 4. The rice were a bit undercooked/dry. Some bites are ok, but there will be some spoonfuls where it's grainy. The salad is a mound of chopped lettuce, which I didn't mind. Spring roll was good! It's the kind wrapped in rice paper. The dipping sauce is disappointing though. Too salty and not sweet enough.
The fried rice.... VERY GOOD! This dish gained the restaurant the extra star. It was delicious! The flavour was there and they're generous with the chicken chunks. Definitely a must try. Portion is pretty good for lunch.
The Thai tea was awesome. We're told they use their own blend. It's very very good. Not too acidic and very aromatic.
The dessert was so so. It's deep fried bananas with vanilla ice cream. Normally this is my favourite dessert. They tried to be fancy and drizzled the dish with chocolate sauce and mango sauce. The chocolate sauce works well, but the mango... ummm not too well. It's too sour and it's not a very good flavour profile with the bananas and ice cream. Maybe I'm just not used to it. I will definitely order this again and ask them not to put the mango sauce on. The bananas are fried to perfection though. So overall not bad.
After all is said and done, the service was excellent. Our water glasses were never empty and the waitresses were very friendly and helpful. They came to our table a few times to check if we're enjoying our food. We'll be visiting this restaurant again to try the other dishes.