Tonight I did something that I very rarely do these days. I got take-out.
It’s not that I’m opposed to the idea of take-out (heck, I practically lived off of take-out in college), it’s more that I’m just cheap. Really, I am. And, take-out in California is ridiculously expensive, no matter where you go. However, after a day spent writing and cleaning I had a hankering for Thai. I researched a little bit on Yelp to find a suitable place and, in turn, found Sea Thai Bistro, which turns out is only about a mile from where I live. So then, in true foodie fashion, I spent about thirty minutes sitting on my balcony with my feet propped up, reading all fifty nine reviews for Sea Thai.
When I was done reading I determined three things.
1.) I must order the Red Pumpkin Curry
2) They use steamed tofu in their dishes, not fried
3) Rice was three dollars extra
THREE DOLLARS EXTRA FOR RICE???? Since when do Thai restaurants charge for rice? I mean, Italian restaurants don’t charge for bread! Who wants to eat their curry without a soft bed of fluffy rice grains to soak up all the delicious sauce?
I whined a little bit to Dexter (he didn’t seem to care much) and then got in my car to go. I would eat pumpkin curry. I would pay extra for rice. I was prepared to not be impressed. But…..I really wanted Thai so I went anyway.
Sea Thai Bistro is located in Montgomery Village, here in Santa Rosa. I believe they have other locations as well but I’m not sure where they are.
Montgomery Village is dreadfully stuck in 1993. I’m sorry but it’s true.
I was pleased though that even at five thirty there was quite a crowd in the restaurant when I went in to pick up my food. I poked my head in the dining room and it seemed pretty nice and cozy.
Right when I walked in, the server greeted me with my bag of food.
Normally this might creep me out. I mean, I’ve never been into this restaurant before. How did they know it was me? I decided to just roll with it though and he was incredibly nice. I guess I just fit the average person who orders Red Pumpkin Curry with a side of brown rice. Who knew?
Once I got home, I hastily unpacked my prize and dug right in. When I called in my order I specifically asked for my curry to be “medium spicy” instead of mild…because that’s how I roll.
Now, like I said, I was prepared to give this curry a bad review. I mean, it was twenty dollars! Twenty dollars for Thai take-out seems a bit ridiculous to me but I guess I need to get out of my hole and in with the times. Plus, I did get a lot of food for twenty dollars. You’ll most likely be seeing this again tomorrow.
The curry was outstanding. Completely and totally delicious. I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with it, except for the fact that I wanted more pumpkin, which was undeniably the best part. The curry itself was VERY spicy (I had to turn on my A/C and blow my nose once but that’s what I deserve) and the pumpkin was tender and creamy. I also loved the big fat peapods and the way that the vegetables weren’t cooked to mush, like some places tend to do.
You most definitely needed rice with this dish and while I was still a wee bit perturbed that the cost was extra, I was so infatuated with my food at that point that I didn’t really even care anymore. That’s how they get you!
I still think this place is pretty expensive but honestly, I’d probably pay it again for this curry. It was that good. Next time though, I’ll make my own rice.