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Thai-Pan Alley

Neighborhoods: Indian Rocks Beach
Cuisine: Thai, Catering, Lunch

Thai-Pan Alley is a Thai, Catering, and Lunch restaurant where most Menuism users came for a romantic date, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped less than 15%.

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"We had a wonderful dinning experience, the food is delicious loved all the fresh vegetables in the vegetarian curry! The spring rolls are my favorite made with cabbage and carrots. The Thai tea and the spicy food is addicting .we had great service and en"
"Awesome food excellent service I love this place!!! :-)"
  • 3/12/2016

    A diner from Hollywood, FL tried it.

  • 4/24/2015

    A Thai chowhound from Miami, FL tried it.

  • 4/26/2014

    A diner from Singapore, 00 tried it.

  • 4/10/2014

    A dining patron from Atlanta, GA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    We had a wonderful dinning experience, the food is delicious loved all the fresh vegetables in the vegetarian curry! The spring rolls are my favorite made with cabbage and carrots. The Thai tea and the spicy food is addicting .we had great service and en
  • 4/10/2014

    A diner from Miami, FL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    Awesome food excellent service I love this place!!! :-)
  • 8/03/2013

    A Thai chowhound from Largo, FL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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hbnb

 Belleair Beach, FL
 

Not Thai, Not Good, Not going back

Tonight I read an article in a new paper that I received on my door step, The Beach Scene (BS). I’ve never seen this paper before, so I decided to flip through it. Simultaneously, my husband decided to take me out for Thai food this evening. We normally go to Thai Basil II, which we love. I mentioned a positive review I read in this new newspaper on Thai Pan Alley in IRB. We decided to go there as we haven’t been since the Thai owners sold. I am now wondering if the BS in Beach Scene stands for BS of a different nature…

There is nothing Thai about Thai Pan Alley. When it was Thai owned, it was okay, not the best, but okay. Not only does this not resemble anything Thai, I don’t think the owners have researched anything Thai. There were Chinese chopsticks in the serving dishes. If you have ever visited Thailand, or know anything about the culture, you know that only poor people use chopsticks-never in a restaurant, and Chinese ones at that? Really?

There was one woman working a 2 separate room restaurant (one out, one in). We waited at least 15 minutes to have our first drink. We both ordered beer imports. For a restaurant owner this should be a sure “ching, ching” sign and you’d think the moment our beers were empty, or even twenty minutes after they were empty, we’d be offered another. But oh yeah, there was one person waiting on both in and out, including the bar.

This is a small beach restaurant that could have potential because the outdoor patio is kick back and could feel very Thai/Chic/Zen. BUT there was no real service as one person with no bartender or runner could not pay proper attention to all tables, and the could be kick back atmosphere felt chaotic and service, non-existent.

The menu was limited which would be fine if each item was delicious and unique. The tofu tod, a common tofu dish with peanut sauce came out as a plastic plate of cubes with a small side plastic condiment container filled with a watery liquid that was NOT peanut sauce, and I still cannot identify.

I ordered a vegetarian Basil fried rice with tofu. I have been a vegetarian for 30 years. I can’t truly review this dish because it never came out. What first came out was a pineapple fried rice in fish sauce with tofu. After I took one bite, which was a pineapple, I called Linda over (the only person working in the entire restaurant) to let her knoiw I thought I may have the wrong dish. Since our other dish was out, and we had already put some of this pineapple stuff on our plates, I asked her, “Are you sure this is vegetarian, even though it is the wrong dish?” She said yes, only to come back 15 minutes later to inform us that it had fish, but only anchovies. She said, “It’s not like it’s scallops or shrimp or something.” Then we were informed that the main ingredients in their fried rice was oyster sauce and fish sauce and if we didn’t want that, it essentially wouldn’t be good. That is funny since I’ve had Thai fried rice all over the world vegetarian that tasted good…Something is fishy. (No pun intended). Buddhists do know something about vegetarianism.

We were then offered some additional white rice to go with the one mediocre and fairly small, plastic plated, tofu dish we ended up having to share. Linda let us know that the white rice, which by the way was not traditional thai, but plain white rice, would be on her, for her screw up.

I have gone 30 years without fish, meat, poultry, etc, and a 25 cent bowl of white american rice was supposed to make up for her complete screw up, lack of staff, service, and lousy non-thai food?

You have to be kidding. Even the dish we got correctly was small, on plastic, and like no thai curry in any color, we have ever tasted.

In short, the Thai Pan Alley seems to be cutting corners on staff, food, recipes, portions, plates, and overall knowledge of anything Thai, let alone any type of restaurant or service industry knowledge in general.

My advice, wait for new owners, and in the meantime, dine elsewhere.

PS. The website they use appears to be a free site with other people’s ads. Apparently too cheap to even host their own web page…

Basil Fried Rice

I ordered a vegetarian Basil fried rice with tofu. I have been a vegetarian for 30 years. I can’t truly review this dish because it never came out. What first came out was a pineapple fried rice in fish sauce with tofu. After I took one bite, which was a pineapple, I called Linda over (the only person working in the entire restaurant) to let her know I thought I may have the wrong dish. Since our other dish was out, and we had already put some of this pineapple stuff on our plates, I asked her, “Are you sure this is vegetarian, even though it is the wrong dish?” She said yes, only to come back 15 minutes later to inform us that it had fish, but only anchovies. She said, “It’s not like it’s scallops or shrimp or something.” Then we were informed that the main ingredients in their fried rice was oyster sauce and fish sauce and if we didn’t want that, it essentially wouldn’t be good. That is funny since I’ve had Thai fried rice all over the world vegetarian that tasted good…Something is fishy. (No pun intended)

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Thai-Pan Alley is located near the cities of Indian Shores, Harbor Bluffs, and Belleair Bluffs.
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