At first glance, you might see the restaurant and run. If you stay, you’ll be greeted by some of the best Thai in the state of Utah

Thai Delight –

West Jordan, UT – Thai – $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterDec 31, 2018

Overall 3.5

4.3

Food

2

Service

3

Ambience

4.8

Value

Overview

Thai Delight came highly recommended by our Instagram followers. However, the name, the location, the ambiance, and first glance at the menu made me hesitant to try it. Located off the beaten path in an old, outdated West Jordan plaza, we didn’t expect to like it. In the past, we’ve enjoyed our favorite Thai food in Sydney, Australia and at a food truck in Oahu, Hawaii, both of which have thriving Thai communities. I won’t say that Thai Delight made it on our favorites list, but it was as good or better than any Thai we’ve eaten in the lower United States.

Value

Given the quality of the food and the price, the value was there for me. Entrees ranged from $9 – $13 but portions are pretty generous. One entrée could easily feed two people if you order extra rice. Thai restaurants that I’ve enjoyed in the past, of this caliber, were on average $3 to $5 more per dish.

3 most popular dishes

The Pad Thai, Tom Kha Gai soup, and Massaman curry according to our hostess and Yelp. The hostess was Thai and her favorites were the curry mentioned above and the Pad See Ew.

What I ordered

We ordered the Massaman curry, Pad See Ew, Tom Kha Gai soup, and then one of our family members ordered a house special stir fry (non-Thai dish) with shrimp, chicken, beef, and pork.

Food quality

I was skeptical at first, to say the least, but regained confidence in our followers once the food arrived.
Tom Kha Gai has long been one of our favorite soups. Thai Delight’s blend of lemongrass, coconut milk, lime, and other Thai spices hit the spot and it had the perfect amount of salt. This was up there with our favorite renditions of this dish.

The Massaman curry tasted like a blend of red and yellow curry with a peanut base. There were also hints of cardamom, lemongrass, and cumin. The chicken was very tender.

The Pad See Ew tasted very similar to Pad Kee Mao, better known as “drunken noodles.” The noodles were a bit al dente, but not too firm. The sauce was a mix of sweet and savory. The soy sauce in the dish was on the edge of overpowering the garlic, Thai chilies, and other spices.

Ambiance

What can I say? Thai Delight’s ambiance wasn’t delightful in the least. The décor of the restaurant was dated. It lacked music to help set the mood and instead, you overheard television commercials and sports commentators in the background. The lighting and air circulation of the restaurant was also poor. When you come here, expect a dive. Come here for the food and not the atmosphere.

What I liked most

The only thing that I liked about the restaurant was the food.

What I disliked most

I disliked the service the most. Our server acted annoyed when we asked her for more plates and cutlery to fit our party size. She also left us with a bill but never implied that we needed to visit the cash register to pay. It took several minutes of waiting before we saw another guest go up to the counter. In addition, I also disliked their menu. They have a variety of Chinese and other Asian dishes mixed in with their Thai offerings. This was great for people like my father-in-law that doesn’t like Thai but had me question the authenticity of their food prior to receiving it. I also wish that they had Thai Basil chicken on their menu.

The verdict

If you’re looking for a staple Thai restaurant that you can keep going back to, this is it. Just don’t mind the service or their location.

 

Overall 3.5

4.3

Food

2

Service

3

Ambience

4.8

Value

Overview

Thai Delight came highly recommended by our Instagram followers. However, the name, the location, the ambiance, and first glance at the menu made me hesitant to try it. Located off the beaten path in an old, outdated West Jordan plaza, we didn’t expect to like it. In the past, we’ve enjoyed our favorite Thai food in Sydney, Australia and at a food truck in Oahu, Hawaii, both of which have thriving Thai communities. I won’t say that Thai Delight made it on our favorites list, but it was as good or better than any Thai we’ve eaten in the lower United States.

Value

Given the quality of the food and the price, the value was there for me. Entrees ranged from $9 – $13 but portions are pretty generous. One entrée could easily feed two people if you order extra rice. Thai restaurants that I’ve enjoyed in the past, of this caliber, were on average $3 to $5 more per dish.

3 most popular dishes

The Pad Thai, Tom Kha Gai soup, and Massaman curry according to our hostess and Yelp. The hostess was Thai and her favorites were the curry mentioned above and the Pad See Ew.

What I ordered

We ordered the Massaman curry, Pad See Ew, Tom Kha Gai soup, and then one of our family members ordered a house special stir fry (non-Thai dish) with shrimp, chicken, beef, and pork.

Food quality

I was skeptical at first, to say the least, but regained confidence in our followers once the food arrived.
Tom Kha Gai has long been one of our favorite soups. Thai Delight’s blend of lemongrass, coconut milk, lime, and other Thai spices hit the spot and it had the perfect amount of salt. This was up there with our favorite renditions of this dish.

The Massaman curry tasted like a blend of red and yellow curry with a peanut base. There were also hints of cardamom, lemongrass, and cumin. The chicken was very tender.

The Pad See Ew tasted very similar to Pad Kee Mao, better known as “drunken noodles.” The noodles were a bit al dente, but not too firm. The sauce was a mix of sweet and savory. The soy sauce in the dish was on the edge of overpowering the garlic, Thai chilies, and other spices.

Ambiance

What can I say? Thai Delight’s ambiance wasn’t delightful in the least. The décor of the restaurant was dated. It lacked music to help set the mood and instead, you overheard television commercials and sports commentators in the background. The lighting and air circulation of the restaurant was also poor. When you come here, expect a dive. Come here for the food and not the atmosphere.

What I liked most

The only thing that I liked about the restaurant was the food.

What I disliked most

I disliked the service the most. Our server acted annoyed when we asked her for more plates and cutlery to fit our party size. She also left us with a bill but never implied that we needed to visit the cash register to pay. It took several minutes of waiting before we saw another guest go up to the counter. In addition, I also disliked their menu. They have a variety of Chinese and other Asian dishes mixed in with their Thai offerings. This was great for people like my father-in-law that doesn’t like Thai but had me question the authenticity of their food prior to receiving it. I also wish that they had Thai Basil chicken on their menu.

The verdict

If you’re looking for a staple Thai restaurant that you can keep going back to, this is it. Just don’t mind the service or their location.

 

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