Thai at Silver Spring is a Thai restaurant located in the recently rejuvenated downtown section of Silver Spring, Maryland. This review is based on a lunch I ate there in November, 2010.
Traffic is always a concern in and around Silver Spring, but the downtown area is conceptually pretty easy to get to. A number of the major roads (Colesville, Wayne, Georgia, etc.) will lead you to it if you have the patience. Parking is very convenient in the Wayne Avenue garage. Metro is also an option, though it is about a 10 minute, up-hill walk from station to the restaurant.
That at Silver Spring is upstairs from the big mosaic-tiled fountain on Ellsworth Drive. There is an elevator if needed. Upon entering, we were promptly greeted and seated in a slightly worn-down booth. The restaurant is very open, with seating for about 60 and a nice looking bar in the back, separated from the dining area by a half wall. A small private room was closed off in the back corner. The decor is pretty plain other than the bar. There appeared to be evidence of widespread water damage to the carpet and there was a very slight mildew smell. In general, I think the interior could use some updating.
Food and Service
For lunch they offered a lunch combo menu insert in addition to the full dinner menu. The combo was a choice of soup or appetizer, an entree and a drink. My first soda tasted slightly odd, but a fresh replacement was slightly better.
I decided to order the spring rolls and my favorite, chicken drunken noodles. The spring rolls arrived very quickly and were very good. They were thin and fried to a nice crispy brown without being overly greasy. They came with a sweet dipping sauce that really added to the flavor. My main course was a little slow in arriving, but was mostly worth the wait. Drunken noodles is one of my favorite things to order in a new restaurant because it is one of those meals that is pretty hard to mess up, but also pretty hard to do it right. To my Americanized taste buds this version was a good combination of flavors and just the right amount of heat. I don’t claim to have any insight into its authenticity to a traditional Thai preparation of the dish. On a side note, I really like it when the chef puts tomatoes in it, which this one did not.
The entree portion was a little small, but I assume that was because it was part of the lunch combo. Our waitress was responsive to our drink refills but otherwise not terribly attentive.
For $12.50 plus tax and tip I got a meal of 4 skinny spring rolls, chicken drunken noodles and a drink. The meal as a whole was tasty and probably an appropriate amount of food for a lunch. I think a more fair price would be in the $10 range though. The service and atmosphere was average, but the food was good enough to bring me back.