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Bann Thai

Posted on September 6, 2012 by under Food and Drink.    

Bann Thai is a perfect example of why Brian hates it when I get Groupons. He’s not very adventurous and I usually get Groupons for restaurants that neither of us have tried before but that I want to try. It doesn’t really work out most times, as was the case this time. Ever the optimist though, I always find the silver lining. At least we didn’t have to pay full price for our meal. LOL.

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This place is located on the South side of 21st Street, right by our old house. It’s actually right next to the old laundromat that we used to use over ten years ago when we first started living together. It’s a really seedy laundromat, but I liked going there because they had a Galaga arcade machine with the rapid fire button. What I mean by this is that I could just hold down the red/fire button and it would fire rapidly in succession until I released the button. Unlike other machines where I would I have to tap the fire button repeatedly very fast because holding down the button only resulted in a single shot being fired.

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The chicken satay appetizer was pretty good. I liked both the cucumber and peanut sauces that they serve with it.

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Brian got the garlic fried rice, which I thought had too much garlic flavor. It was gross. I didn’t like it at all.

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Looking at this picture, it appears that Brian didn’t like it much either.

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Yellow curry with chicken is usually the first thing that I order whenever I try a new Thai restaurant. It’s a safe bet. However, I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods so I always ask for it mild, which is exactly what I did this time. Was it mild? No. It was still very spicy, which meant one of two things: (a) the server wasn’t a good listener (I said to please make it mild at least twice before he left our table) or (b) the person in the kitchen has gotten so desensitized that they thought the dish was only mildly spicy.

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We had deep fried bananas with ice cream and whipped cream for dessert. Not really out of the ordinary for a Thai restaurant, except one of the scoops of ice cream was cookies and cream flavor. My guess is that they ran out of vanilla ice cream so we got a scoop of each instead of just plain vanilla.

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It’s not likely that I will be back. I know that Brian didn’t like it and I won’t be able to get him to go back even if I did want to give the restaurant another shot. I’m thinking next time I get a hankering for Thai food, I’d just as soon go to Thai Tradition which is my favorite sit-down Thai restaurant in Wichita. Or maybe Thai House if I want something quick.

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    Foodie  on October 24, 2012

    I had a similar experience as you and Brian did. I had a spicy fried rice and said that I wanted only a LITTLE heat. My dish was way too hot – I could barely eat it – and I like and can handle SOME heat. The next time I went in I ordered the same thing, saying that it was too hot the last time I ordered it. The owner said, “Yes I know it was too hot for you.” So was it better this time? No, it was again way too hot. When I commented to the owner she said, “That’s the way we make it.” Not for me, I thought.

    They pride themselves on making everything from scratch, including all the curry pastes – and they probably do make everything from scratch. However no restaurant will survive if it ignores the reasonable requests of its customers. I’ve been there four times now and there’s never been more than one or two other booths with customers.

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