This place is sometimes known as the Thai house in Keizer or something of that nature. You may have seen it if you've driven down River Road in Keizer anytime in the last 10 years or more. It's been around for quite awhile and I used to frequent it when I lived and worked in that area.
I decided to pay it a visit one recent Monday night with a friend. We arrived around 5 o'clock and there were a couple tables seated already and I noticed a couple people calling in for to-go orders. They see to do a brisk to-go business which is what I've usually done here in the past. The restaurant itself is a little awkward in design as it is broken into three rooms, but it makes for cozy eating spaces and quite a bit of privacy. The house itself looks a little worn down from the front and the inside is definitely older, but seems pretty clean. Its...how shall I say it...quaint.
Our server came to our table with water and we ordered a salad roll appetizer. This was my favorite dish of the whole meal. That's not to say the others weren't good, but this had just the right amount of cilantro and veggies to make a nice fresh start to the meal. I must admit, I'm kind of a salad roll aficionado, so I make it a point to order this wherever it is on the menu.
We ordered the rest of our meal and the server asked if we wanted salad. I remembered a delicious dressing from my past experiences so I was quite excited about the salad. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring it until we asked after our Pad Thai and Massaman Curry dishes were already out.
The Pad Thai was okay, but nothing to write home about. The bean sprouts were already mixed into the dish, which is okay for me, but I do sort of like to mix my own veggies into my noodles when I'm ordering Pad Thai. That's just my personal preference and many places do serve them separate. The chicken was extremely soft and tender and not at all dry, so that was a definite plus for this dish.
Altogether, we thought Thai Cuisine was a decent place. The portions were a little smaller than other Thai restaurants in town, but so were the prices at just $8 for noodle dishes and $8.50 for the curries. It was plenty for dinner, but it wasn't enough for leftovers for the lunch the next day by any means. Well, at least not for our two hungry stomachs!
I think I might try it as takeout next time. Also, I'd like to try the green curry as that's what I remember ordering when I went in the past. I've also heard a few people say they think its gone downhill somewhat in the last little while. Perhaps that's true, or perhaps my tastes have just shifted slightly over the years. I guess I'll have to get that green curry takeout someday and find out.
4140 River Rd N
Keizer, OR 97303
Hours: 11am-9pm M-Th, closed from 3-4pm
Fridays 4 pm-9:30pm