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Thai Taste Restaurant Makes the Grade

Foodies travel out of their normal realm of dishes to taste spectacular new ones.

Name: Thai Taste

Cuisines: Thai

Payment: Cash, all major Credit Cards

Alcohol: Full Bar

Price: $

Address: 8657 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m.- p.m.

Salt's Say:

When I walked through the door, I was greeted by a friendly hostess wearing traditional Thai garb. She was the friendliest person in the restaurant. She kindly directed me to the bar after I told her I wanted to order take-out. The man behind the bar handed me a menu and stared at me for all of five minutes as I carefully looked it over.

I decided to order beef Lad Na, which I never had before. The noodles were perfectly cooked. The meat was tender and juicy and the gravy was well seasoned. All together, the meal was probably one of the best things I've had the pleasure of eating for this column.

Before I indulged in my memorable meal, I looked around the dining room and took in all its gorgeousness.  It was nicely decorated with Thai furniture and accented by curious and beautiful wall art.

Soft music played in the background and everything was clean—the dining room, the bar area, and from what I could see, the kitchen.

That being said, I was slightly taken aback when I saw three of the kitchen workers come to the bar area to get hot water for tea they were drinking in the kitchen. I know employees get thirsty and hungry, but having worked in the food service industry, it makes me flinch when I see that.

Despite the in-kitchen eating and overly-focused bartender, the food was exceptional and I can definitely see myself coming back. Just a heads up—even though I came to the restaurant early in the afternoon, I had to order from what I assumed to be the dinner menu. Based on the website, they have both a lunch and dinner menu, so maybe their prices have gone up and they just haven't done an update.

Pepper's Say:

 I noticed the place was rather small and this is typical of Thai restaurants, but this one differed in that it was well decorated and had an authentic Far East feel.  The servers wear actual Thai clothing brining home the  traditional Bangkok feel. 

I was nursing a migraine, so I decided to take my food to go.  During my 15-20 minute wait, I noticed a few things, like the fact it had only two booths, about 10 or so tables and a full bar. While sitting at the bar, you could easily tell that at least three of the ones sitting near me were regulars. After tasting the food, with my migraine and all, I could tell why this trio frequents the place.

My Spicy Fried Rice with Beef  was out of the norm for me because I almost always order the same four dishes which include, Pad se ew (fried noodles with broccoli and choice of meat) or drunken noodles (spicy pan fried noodles with chile and basil plus choice of meat).

 I could not be happier with my off-the-beaten-path choice. The beef was perfectly cooked, despite the fact it was sparse in the dish.  The rice was much darker than the normal Thai fried rice because of the spices. It was spiced perfectly, with just enough not to be overwhelming. The rice was still moist even after being fried and infused with all that flavor.

I would certainly recommend Thai Taste to anyone, even folks who don't live in the area. It's well worth the trip and I definitely plan to return there myself.The place was clean and the service was great and friendly.

I must tell you the website is a bit misleading, as my meal was a dollar more than what's listed. Also, it does not offer delivery service even though the website says it does. 

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