With the closing of the beloved (at least by people at my company) Bangkok Joes at Washington Harbour, there’s now a space for a new Thai restaurant to fill the void. And, enter i-Thai. My co-worker, C, took notice when Garrett’s closed and kept her eye on the space to see what it would become. Eventually a sign in the window announced that it would be i-Thai. But it took months, if not a year before it actually opened. Once you see inside, you can see why. It looks completely different from dark and dingy Garrett’s. It’s bright, clean, and modern. Even nicer on the inside than I imagined.
We did a work happy hour there a few weeks ago. We took over about half of the upstairs, loungey area. This area is basically entirely windows all around with comfy couches as seating. It was perfect when our group whittled down to about 6 people. They also have really excellent, cheap HH specials. Food and drinks range from $2.50-$5. I had like 4 beers and 2 spicy tuna rolls for under $30. The spicy tuna roll wasn’t the best I had ever had, but the spring rolls, chicken satay, and other HH apps were pretty tasty.
Best boy friend, P, recently requested my presence for a lunch date. and we narrowed our options down to Rialto or i-Thai. Rialto wasn’t open for lunch, so i-Thai it was! We got a seat upstairs next to the sushi bar. I was tempted give sushi another shot, but decided to go Thai this time instead. After looking over the like 3 menus they have (too many, it’s a bit much to look through and decide between), I resisted the urge to order Drunken Noodles (the lady makes fun of the fact that’s usually what I order when we eat Thai) and went with the Pineapple Curry (who’s surprised? pineapple). P went with one of the bento box-like things so he could try multiple things.
The curry was really, really excellent. Just spicy enough, creamy. The sweetness of the pineapple complemented the curry really well. The veggies were cooked well and gave just a little crunch.
The box really looked like the way to go. I didn’t want to spend like $17 on lunch, but it was an awesome way to try a little bit of everything. I tried the Drunken Noodles, which were good, and spicy! And the teriyaki salmon. A little bit crispy, cooked well, with a tasty sauce. P was absolutely thrilled with everything. He did find out, via the TV behind my head, about LeBron signing with Cleveland while we were there. He was really excited about that, so that may have skewed his rating a little bit. But it WAS good.
- Favorite thing I had: My curry was great. His salmon was also good. I’d like to have more of that.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: I think I want to give the sushi another try. I also want to try the bento boxes for myself. And the drunken noodles, of course.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): I imagine this is going to be an every few month lunch destination. Those happy hour specials are hard to beat.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Swing by Baked and Wired for a treat after lunch!