Thai Cuisine

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. 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.
The Massaman Curry dish had a really nice flavor to the broth, but unfortunately it was  little lacking in the filler department. There weren't very many vegetable or much chicken in the curry, so it was a lot more soupy than we expected. It didn't help that we ordered sticky rice as opposed to regular rice and the serving size on the rice was quite small. It didn't give us much to sop up all that delicious curry with!

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
Saturday 3:30pm-9:30pm
Sunday 3:30pm-8:30pm

Phone: 503-393-6216


Chuck Bradley said...

After several years of patronizing a couple of other Thai places within half a mile of this one, we returned a couple of months ago. It was OK, but stellar competition does not shine a favorable light on Thai Cuisine. It does have the distinction of being the first Thai place (if memory serves) in the Salem/Keizer area. Unfortunately I don't think it's been updated or remodeled since. The place is run down and the food runs third in a race of three.

Anonymous said...

The house and the business are being listed by a local broker of restaurants and bars.

Anonymous said...

We have gone to this restaurant for many years, but sadly, the quality has gone downhill in recent years. Such a shame- it used to be one of my favorite places to enjoy dinner out. The last two times I've been there the food was mediocre at best.

Rebekah said...

Yeah, I was sad to see that its gone downhill. At least I thought it had, but then when I was going there years ago, that was the only Thai food I had really eaten so I didn't have much to compare it to.

Anonymous said...

This is years late and whatnot, but I just wanted to add a little clarification to a now gone establishment. In 2010 the husband of the couple that owned this place died and his wife did her best to keep it up and running. She had always been the cook and he had been the manager/server. She did her best to keep the place running but it was just too much.