I had what was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had in the Salem/Keizer area this afternoon.
I had heard of Red Ginger before, but this was my first time going there, I expected it to look like most other Thai restaurants in the area tend to look. I was dead wrong. The interior was inviting and tranquil.
The current specials are listed on a board when you first walk in and I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback at first by the prices on the specials board. I understood that it was a nicer Thai restaurant but didn't really want to spend over $13.00 per dish since it was kind of just an early dinner for us and not a date night. After being seated, I was much relieved to find that the menu was very reasonable.
Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and genuine. He was welcoming and not at all overbearing like a lot of waiters can be.
I ordered the red curry with fried tofu and my friend had the yellow curry with fried tofu and a Thai iced tea. On the more expensive end of their menu they have a really tasty sounding collection of seafood items, but if you are vegetarian or if you don't choose seafood, the prices are about the same as any other Thai place, but the atmosphere and food are much better.
The curries came and were beautifully presented. It has been a while since I've had Thai food on a table with a tablecloth, cloth napkins, and mood lighting.
Our food was delicious. It was super flavorful and not too spicy. They put in lots of fresh ingredients and generous portions of tofu, veggies, and Thai basil. The rice was perfect. I tried to think of a single thing that I didn't like about my experience and couldn't think of a single one. I don't remember the last time that has happened.
Their portions are extremely generous and after my meal, I still had enough for another lunch tomorrow.
This would be a great place go on a date, or even just for lunch. Just don't try to go between lunch and dinner on a weekday, because they are closed, but are open the entire day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Stop in and give it a try, it'll probably end up being your favorite too.