Thai Idea is new, it's veg, and I needed to eat there. Because you can't be a vegan Socialite and not eat at the most happening new restaurants in SF, right? RIGHT?
(Disclaimer - when I refer to myself as a socialite, it means I work full time, am broke always, but generally just like to get everyone together and have the best time ever. Of everyone's life. I am the poor person's socialite. The most awesome kind, obvi.)
I had read a few reviews of Thai Idea. Had heard a few rumors (and by rumors I mean my friends and co-workers being all, "Have you heard of it? It's new and it's delicious") It was time for me to make a few calls, make a few texts, get handed over my paycheck, run to the bank, walk through the Tenderloin, be the first to arrive (for once) and get excited.
I don't know how long this is going to last, but Thai Idea is BYOB. A 40oz made it to the table. Did I mention I was the financially challenged person's socialite?
I ordered what I had read online were the best things on the menu. Which of course, were the most expensive. I had a epiphany that night, everyone. I am not a cheap date. Not for myself, and not for the
Panang Avocado Shrimp. It was good. I was expecting something else, but it was basically a panang curry with shrimp and avocado. You know why I was expecting something else? BECAUSE IT WAS THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING ON THE MENU. I wanted to be blown away, and I was not. Don't get me wrong, it was very tasty. Plus, the novelty of vegan shrimp has worn off on me, so.....maybe that had something to do with it?
Here's the truth, you guys. I burnt out on Thai food in Chicago. I like it, but I'm not in love. Plus, I work in a restaurant that serves vegan meat galore, so that treat has worn off too. Gawd, what a downer, right? However, these days I'm really into making dinner out of appetizers, and Thai Idea's apps looked really creative and delicious. So I'd def go back, buy a deuce deuce at the liquor store next door, then get to work on some vegan crab cakes and more fireballs.
Oh! A few more things I do have to say about Thai Idea, that are much more positive, are that their prices are reasonable and the presentation of the plates is beautiful. I highly recommend going. It's very cute inside as well. The staff was lovely and very accommodating to our large table, so it's like, very much worth hitting up.
My coworker Nate, aforementioned in this post, ordered this fancy dish....
I wish I could tell you what it was, but I've completely forgotten.