309 Lancaster Ave. (Westgate Plaza)
Frazer (Malvern), PA
Rating: 3 Silver Spoons out of 5
Overall: Excellent Thai cuisine in an elegant but casual setting. Also offers take-out.
Food: Traditional Thai dishes with a touch of innovative flair makes Royal Thai Orchid one of the best destinations for Thai in the area. Start with the succulent “Thai Dumplings”, pan fried with ground pork, bamboo shoots and black mushrooms, or the “Corn Cakes”, pan-fried with fresh corn, both a tad sinful but totally delicious. We’re suckers for Thai curry dishes, and there are plenty of excellent choices here: “Evil Jungle Princess” is chicken & veggies in a light but spicy curry sauce and “Mussaman Curry” is standard (but great) red curry with veggies and a choice of chicken or beef. The “Chu Chee Duck” is a brilliantly prepared crispy duck with plenty of red curry and pineapple, and our favorite of the curry dishes thus far. If you’re looking for something a little different, try the “Love & Passion”, roasted juicy Cornish hen marinated in traditional seasonings “with tender loving care”, filled with pineapple, raisins, and wild rice served in a mellow orange sauce flavored with Grand Marnier. (We haven’t tried this one yet.) One visit offered a seared tuna special that paired luscious pink tuna with Japanese sticky rice which left us more than satisfied.
Service: Prompt and friendly.
Atmosphere: Although RTO lives in a strip mall, the interior is quite elegant, with soft wood overtones and a slighly dark lighting scheme. Appropriate for a casual meal or perhaps something more romantic.
Value: Excellent. Most entrees live in the low-mid teens, a downright bargain for the quality and quantity of food. (Only the “Lamb of Siam” is more than $20.) Plus, it’s BYOB.
Times visited: 3