Review: Thai Flavor

Benjamin -- December 28th, 2006

I was excited to see the sign on my way home from work. Coming Soon: Thai Flavor Restaurant. Awesome. Some may think that two Thai restaurants in Harrisonburg is enough, I tend to be on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, I think that every restaurant should be a Thai restaurant. What a wonderful world that would be…

Upon walking into Thai Flavor, I immediately noticed that this was a family-run operation. This was a good sign. The atmosphere was pleasant, kind of a café feel with vibrant green walls. The menu was most impressive, boasting a large number of appetizers, noodle dishes, soups, entrees, and desserts. My date and I split a pot of jasmine tea, and the spring roll appetizer. The spring roll did contain shrimp, which was not listed on the menu, but it was easily removed and the dish readily met our approval. Our entrees arrived immediately afterwards. I had ordered the Panang Tofu, which arrived beautifully garnished with whipped coconut milk and was accompanied by a large portion of steamed broccoli, while my date ordered a something with tofu, lots of veggies in a garlic ginger sauce. It was exactly what I love about Thai food, a combination of sweet, spicy, with proper seasoning. We ended up sitting for longer than usual (an hour after we finished eating), which seemed to be encouraged by the waitress, who refilled our pot of tea and kept our water glasses full and engaged in us in light conversation. For dessert we ordered the Mango and Sticky Rice, and the Taro Ice Cream. Both dishes were excellent, leaving a warm feeling in our stomachs as we finally geared up to leave. The prices were reasonable, $30 for all the food mentioned after taxes. It was a very pleasant experience. Thai Flavor receives my approval, and that of my date. I plan on returning frequently, as it is as good or (possibly) better than the existing Thai restaurants in town, with comparable prices, and it is closer to my home.

Thai Flavor

51 Kenmore St.

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

-Benjamin

4 Responses to “Review: Thai Flavor”

  1. ThrustinJ says:

    I also got the good vibe from Xenia, the new kebab place in the Crossing. We were the only couple in there and the owner brought us sweet, hot tea. A very nice gesture.

  2. l says:

    You are right on — Thai Flavor is certainly as good as, and in some cases better food than Taste of Thai (and we LOVE ToT). They do lack somewhat in atmosphere, though. And their timing still needs to be perfected — our dinners arrived before we’d barely begun the appetizers. But don’t let this deter you — this place is worth a visit! It will become a regular on the carryout rotation for us…

  3. finnegan says:

    Taste of Thai is my local favorite, so I’m definitely checking this place out as soon as I can.

    Thanks for the review, Benjamin.

  4. finnegan says:

    I went to Thai Flavor tonight and really enjoyed it… Odd choice of green paint, though. I found out from the owner that she’s lived in H’burg since the early 80’s, and she used to co-own Thai Cafe (which her brother now runs). She said that she wanted a Thai restaurant that offered more seafood.

    Also, in response to ThrustinJ, check out Barnabas’s review of Xenia.

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