Baan Thai seems to be the to-go Thai restaurant among my undergrad students. They tell me about it in tutorials all the time, which was the push for us to go try it out. It is off to the further end of Main Street for us, and was in the weird too-far-to-walk but too-close-to-drive distance. Anyway, we decided to walk, so that we would be hungrier when we get there (yeah, our brains are strange.)
The restaurant was small and cosy, and we were greeted by a server almost immediately. The decor reminded us vaguely of Thailand (yup, we’ve both been there before) and was simple enough not to steal attention away from the food. As some might know by now, we don’t care about ambiance. If the food is good, it is good. If not, the ambiance wouldn’t save the meal anyway.
The food is decent, but there are better places close by. Hit up Tree Top Thai!
Chicken Satay – $6.95: The chicken satays were fantastic! It’s not in the style of satay that I’m used to – chunks of dark meat – but this is as good as satay made with breast meat gets. It’s juicy, it’s well seasoned (and correctly seasoned, unlike so many other places) and the little bits of char on it just adds to the ooomph of the dish. Yes, satays are supposed to have some char! Another thing to add is the peanut sauce is ridiculously good too. Our server saw that I licked this dish dry and gave us two more dishes of the peanut sauce. The side of pickled veggies are good too. I’d have this again in a heartbeat!
Shrimp Pad Thai – $11.95: The shrimp pad thai was delicious too, but not at the same level as the chicken satays. The noodles were slightly undercooked for my taste, but was very tasty. The shrimp were large and crunchy – delicious. I really enjoyed this dish and would also have it again.
Pad Thai with Crispy Chicken – $11.50: I thought that while the noodle portion was similar to the shrimp pad thai, the added crispy chicken was just not that great. The chicken was dry – obviously been re-fried – and didn’t really have much taste. There was only four pieces of chicken, and I really expected more for the price. I’ll stick to the shrimp pad thai in future.
Masaman Curry (Beef) – $14.95: The masaman curry was delicious. The sauce was creamy, nutty and spicy, but not too overpowering at all. The beef was tender and flavorful. If there was one thing I’d ask, I’d ask for it to be a little spicier, but still, good curry! We almost licked the plate when we were done.
Address: 659 Main Street, Waltham MA 02454
Hours: M-Th | 11.30am – 3pm | 5pm – 10pm
Fr & Sa | 11.30am – 3pm | 5pm – 10.30pm
Su | 12nn – 10pm
Price Range: $$ ($10-$20 per person)