541 LaGuardia Place between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets
New York, NY 10012
The Coding Philosopher had alerted me to the fact that a reasonably priced establishment had earned a 2010 Michelin star. Wild, no? And Thai food too. Naturally I had to check this out.
So I took Dave and the brother to this joint on the eve before Thanksgiving. It was very dead, guessing it was because of the holiday. Rhong Tiam is very white (paint-wise), with a raised section of tables and a lower section. And there are Christmas lights twinkling up the place. And a Vespa greets you as you enter. Banjo-type music plays, some twangy European sounding stuff.
The menu is ginormous and reminds me of a diner menu. I had a Thai iced tea as is my want. We started off with two appetizers which were about $5 each. Dave suggested the roti canai “crispy and doughy indian style pancake served with curry sauce” (in the foreground), and I decided we should sample the Thai nachos “minced shrimp and chicken in coconut dipping served with crispy shrimp chips” (in the background). Both were nice, and my dinner companions were rather fond of the sauces and kept them after the severs tried to take them away.
For my main, I selected the Singapore Mee which was thin rice noodles with bean sprouts, egg, shrimp, signature sauce, and I picked out beef. Despite no chili pepper by its name on the menu, it was spicy and made my lips tingle after. The thought of how spicy the spicy meals are scares me. While the noodles were good, they didn’t make me want to close my eyes and think that I could just die right then and there and be satisfied. Dave and the brother seemed to like their dishes fine.
Man, I wish I had room for dessert, because looking now, there’s something called Thai tea creme brulee. Drool. So Rhong Tiam: it’s not an upscale dining experience, but it’s a tasty dining experience. I’ll have to suggest it to Lisa since she’s the Thai fan in my circle.
Fun fact: the receipt encourages you to write online reviews. Hee.