We were heading to the theater from Alexandria one night and needed a good, quick meal that didn't require a reservation. Pasara Thai seemed like the obvious choice.
Because Pasara Thai is in a business area, it isn't nearly as crowded at night as it is during the lunchtime. We arrived around 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night and it was pretty empty. I started with a Tequila Sunrise made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. I don't think I tasted any tequila and it was way too fruity for my taste buds.
For my entree, instead of ordering my normal kaprow tofu, I thought I'd try something new. I ordered the Spicy Eggplant and I'm glad I did. Made with Japanese eggplant, fried tofu, onions, and bell peppers with basil in a spicy bean sauce, it was scrumptious. All of the vegetables were cooked just right -- soft, but not overcooked; and the sauce was very good.
Chris ordered the Spinach Mushroom dish that was chock full of sauteed spinach, mushrooms, and beans sprouts in a light garlic sauce. This one was pretty good too, but it had a bit too many bean sprouts for me.
We specifically requested no fish sauce in our meals and they were happy to accommodate. There are twelve vegetarian entrees to choose from including Pad Tofu, Sweet and Sour Tofu, Rama Jae, Veggie Delight, Ginger Broccoli Tofu, and Veggie Curry.
So while the options were plentiful and the dishes were pretty good, the service was not. Even though the restaurant was empty, they barely checked on us. After 10 minutes of trying to flag them down to get the check, we finally just walked up to them and asked for it. It was pretty frustrating. So, if you are looking for good, reasonably priced Thai food, Pasara Thai is a great choice. Just don't expect attentive service.
January 30, 2014
360 Englhardt Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314