Haven’t been to Thai 101 yet? Wondering how it compares to other local Thai restaurants? I’m going to compare them to other local restaurants based on their prices, food, and in this case, their decor. When you’re done reading this review, you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether or not you’re going to eat at Thai 101.
First, if you don’t know where it is, Thai 101 is on John Simms Parkway, just after the Turkey Creek bridge on the Valparaiso side of the bridge. If you’re heading toward Eglin AFB, it’s the first place on the right after the bridge. Now that you know that, we can move on to more important aspects of the restaurant.
Out of all the restaurants I’ve review so far, this one is most expensive per meal. That is to say, they’re definitely not competing on price. They’re not in the range of the more “high class” restaurant prices, but they’re also not cheap. My girlfriend and I went there, got two entrees and a small appetizer of edamame (usually $2.50 – $3.00 wherever we go $4.00 at this place) for a total of $35 dollars. Usually, the two of us eat for around $20 – $25 with tip. Most of the dishes here were above the $10 mark.
What We Ordered
I ordered the yellow curry (with pork, I think), and my girlfriend got a white curry dish (probably with chicken). The yellow curry was very delicious. It was both tangy and sweet, at least when you got to the pineapple chunks. I would highly recommend it. The white curry was not so great. At least, in my opinion. It had a very fishy taste, and didn’t seem to go well with the chicken. My girl ate it anyway, but she didn’t like it (and she likes fish).
The decoration was very interesting. I thought it really made it obvious that this was a Thai restaurant in the middle of boggy country. There were lots of elephants, bodhisattvas and interesting paintings. There were also a lot of very, very boggy boy type decoration, mostly underneath something more “Thai looking”. The overall effect was…unique.
I don’t really have any for this place. It is easy to get to, they accept credit/debit cards, and I don’t know the menu well enough to make specific “stay away from this” suggestions. Just be prepared to spend at least $30 if there’s two or more persons eating.