2865 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226
Lunch hours: Monday through Friday 11:30am to 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday through Friday 4:30pm to 9:00pm
Saturday 4:00pm to 9:30pm
Sunday 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Spicy Thai is a small restaurant of perhaps 10 tables, tucked away in a strip mall not far from Niagara Falls Blvd. and Eggert Road in Amherst, NY. The food is of very good quality, the service is friendly and paced just right. If you're lucky enough to dine there on a night when the owner is waiting tables, he'll make fantastic appetizer and entree selections that cannot be found on the menu.
The Tonawanda Restaurant Examiner and companion enjoy the restaurant both for lunch and dinner, and have visited several times. We have never been disappointed in either the service or the food. Lunch can be fun, because we like to create a meal by ordering from the appetizer menu. While all items on the appetizer menu are of very good quality, a few of note are:
Spicy Thai Platter: a delightful combination of fried dumplings, fried tofu, egg rolls, fried eggplant and crab rangoon ($10.95; enough for two or three). Seved with peanut dipping sauce and sweet and sour dipping sauce.
Fresh Spring Roll: carrots, lettuce, Thai basil and vermicelli wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut dipping sauce (one for $2)
Coconut shrimp: large, crispy shrimp in a coconut batter and deep fried. Served with sweet and sour dipping sauce. (six for $6.95)
This is not your ordinary deep fried coconut shrimp. It is not heavily battered, it's almost a tempura batter, but even as thick as that. In addition, the coconut is unsweetened, so there isn't an overly cloying sweet flavor. The shrimp really shines through, and they are very large. Finally, the Tonawanda Restaurant Examiner wouldn't call these deep fried. They seem more as if they are pan-fried in just enough oil to brown the coconut and cook the shrimp.
Spicy Thai Restaurant also offers a lunch buffet ($7.95 per person), available Monday through Friday 11:30am until 2:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm until 3:00pm. The buffet offers standard lunch dishes, it's not quite as remarkable as the menu items, but if you have never tried Thai food before, it's a great way to try a lot of different things and get to know what you like.
From the entree menu, we have found many things we enjoy. If you happen to be there on a night when grouper is the fresh fish of the night, order anything with grouper. The chef has a light hand and anything at all with this mild white fish is delicious and worth trying.
Other entrees of note:
Pad Se-ew Tofu sauteed with flat noodles and Chinese broccoli ($9.50)
Vegetarian Pad Thai Rice Noodle with mixed vegetables, egg, peanut and bean sprouts ($9.50)
Lemongrass Fried Tofu with garlic, onion and herb sauce ($9.50)
Pad Prig Pao Chicken: white meat chicken sauteed with brown chili garlic sauce, cashews and green beans topped with fried hot pepper ($12.95)
Bangkok Chicken: white meat chicken with green curry sauce served with fried eggplant and tortillas ($12.95)
Phuket grouper: lightly fried grouper with broccoli, diced green pepper and onion with house chili sauce ($14.95)
Chao Phraya Grouper: steamed grouper filet with ginger, black mushroom and scallion with a touch of sake ($14.95)
Chu Chi Grouper: lightly fried grouper filet, coconut milk, broccoli, baby corn and green beans in chu chi sauce ($14.95)
Seafood Delight: sauteed shrimp, scallops, squid, egg, celery, scallions in a yellow curry sauce ($14.95)
The Tonawanda Restaurant Examiner and companion do not often order dessert, but the desserts at Spicy Thai are worth it.
Homemade coconut ice cream: sweet, but not too sweet, it's a great finish to a wonderful dinner ($3.75)
Crunch banana coins: fresh banana wrapped in eggroll paper, deep fried and topped with honey and sesame seeds ($2.95)
Can't decide? Order the banana comination: homemade coconut ice cream with 1/2 order of banana coin ($4.50)
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