Thai Beer West Salem

Driving over the bridge into West Salem, headed to the new Thai Beer in the old Pastamichi building, I just hoped that they had either fixed that awful flashing sign out front or replace it altogether. The sign seems to be symbolic of the property at the west end of the bridge that has housed at least three restaurants in the past five years. Lights flicker instead of flash as burned out bulbs remain unchanged on a sign that was designed, a few decades back, to attract your attention. The building is the same way. Cornered in a highly visible intersection, greeting travelers and residents as they drive into the Polk County portion of the capitol city. This place was probably built awhile back, long before anyone had even heard of Starbucks coffee. I can almost imagine it as a high school hang out back in the day. Poodle skirts and ice cream milk shakes after the friday football game. Now it's been taken over by a local Thai restaurant trying to expand it's market share. The sign has been updated with the new name but the surronding bulbs still blink erratically. Inside, the decor is a mismatched set of chairs and booths set out over a checkered tile floor that was hip two occupants ago when the place was a diner. They added an aquarium and maybe some paint but the walls are bare as if they are still in the process of moving in. Even with all this, the place is popular. Crowds show up because they have an excellent reputation from their SE restaurant along Lancaster and their reasonably priced food is reasonably good. We ordered Tom Yum soup with chicken $9.50, Pad Thai with chicken, $9.95, and Pad Eggplant with chicken $9.95. The soup was savory, the Thai, tasteful and the eggplant oozed with a flavorful broth that needed to be scooped up and poured over the rice to perfect this wonderful meal. There was plenty left over for leftovers and this food isn't easily forgotten in the refrigerator. The aroma seeping out of take out boxes wafts out of the ice box as you open the door the next day. Overall, I think that the expansion of Thai Beer is a good thing for dining in Salem. The location out on Lancaster somehow seems very far away. This restaurant needs improvements on things that can easily be improved with a little money and a decorators touch. The food is what will keep people coming back and the hardworking staff will be welcomed by the West Salem locals.

101 Wallace Rd. NW
503-391-7719

13 comments:

Eazymoney said...

Yeah! A Thai place nearby. I didn't even notice, then again, I usually take the rosemont exit. I'm glad we're finally getting some decent places to eat on the west side. The La hacienda real is a great improvement over the last place it was... The chalet or whatever. Can't wait to go try Thai Beer.

Anonymous said...

That building was a Radio Shack...30 years ago.

KandN said...

Their food looks delicious!
Thanks for the pictures!

filbert said...

Pleasant service. Staggering quantities. Attractive platters of food. Very affordable. The decor doesn't bother us as long as the kitchen is clean and the food is good.

Lisa Anne said...

Mmmm...makes me want pad thai!!

Anonymous said...

I got green curry...it was yum!

Lora said...

this last weekend, we went with our family on saturday night AND sunday night!! the tom kah soup is fabulous...the vegetarion version is LOADED with goodies. we also had the larb, chicken cashew nut and a curry fried rice dish (can't remember the name) and an appetizer platter. we were very happy!

Anonymous said...

The La Hacienda is horrible. HORRIBLE. We went once and will never go back. I ordered a Chimichanga and it was a little bit of meat wrapped in a fried tortilla. Thats it. No sauce to flavor the meat, no sour cream or guac, no salsa on top- nada. I don't think the prices were all that great either. I bet a lot of people go there because the building is beautiful but I bet a lot of their regulars haven't had quality Mexican food to compare with. As far as Thai Beer- I would be willing to try it sometime very soon. Its got to be better than Panda Express which is horrible. I think that the restaurants in the past have been hampered slightly with it being a bit tricky to pull in and out of the parking lot.

Anonymous said...

Ate there last night. There was a bit of a language barrier for my to-go order since I got 3 orders of egg rolls instead of one order of 3, but I guess more left overs. The pad thai was disappointing, but I'm willing to give them another try just to keep them on the West side!

Anonymous said...

the chicken massamam curry is THE BEST!!!

Anonymous said...

Great fried rice!

Anonymous said...

Why people give extra reviews for restaurants unrelated in the comments on this blog I have not been able to figure out...but...

This location has been Locomotion Pizza, a Rock-N-Rodgers, and a very terrible Italian joint. It's hard to get in and out of, but I hope Thai Beer is here to stay!

Anonymous said...

Great friendly service and the food is ALWAYS good!!