Another winning dish from the specialties list, Thai BBQ chicken, was so infused with marinade that even the white meat had a great flavor. There was probably an entire chicken's worth of meat on one platter, and my dining companion and I couldn't come close to finishing it. A couple of days later, my friend was officially obsessed with the chicken, and I think I am now, too.

Creamy coconut ice cream, served simply in a parfait glass with crushed peanuts, was the lone dessert option, but it definitely revived my overheated taste buds.

Some like it hot: Thai E-San's dishes are tasty whether you crank up the heat or not.
Jamie Peachey
Some like it hot: Thai E-San's dishes are tasty whether you crank up the heat or not.

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Thai E-San

616 W. Indian School
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Central Phoenix

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Thai toast: $7.95
Pad Thai: $8.95
BBQ Chicken: $9.95
Green curry with seafood: $12.95
Thai E-San
616 West Indian School Road
602-297-8888
Thai E-San
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

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6 comments
Craig
Craig

Ok I have eaten here now about six times and I have to say the food is really amazing. I first time here was ok not great, maybe it was my mood. I have had the Angel Wings, Chicken Sa-Tay, Beef Salad, Seafood Pad-Thai, Stir-fried Spicy Sweet Basil just to name a few. Great food and overall very good food. Nice selection of Beers, Wines, boutique lacquers and you can bring your computer along to if you would like.

Eddie
Eddie

Just the best Thai Food I have had. Very nice place and good service. Love it and I'll be back many more times

Robert Wells
Robert Wells

I have eaten at most of the Thai restaurants around the valley even in Prescott and Tucson and this one is the real deal. I was so impressed and surprised at all of the flavors and authenticity of the three dishes our table tried (Beef Salad, Seafood with Hot Sour Curry, Stir-fried Spicy Sweet Basil) I asked to meet the Chef. This food is amazing! I have traveled all over Thailand from Chaing mai to many of the islands in the south and the food of the E-San region is some of the finest and probably most complex. Thank you Thai E-San for taking me back to Thailand through the gateway of your restaurant and your food!

Craig
Craig

Really, really unimpressed with this place. The chicken satay was bland. The pad see yew (beef noodles) lacked sweetness and savoriness. The pad thai was strictly middle of the road. The yum nuei (beef glass noodle salad) lacked the zesty flavors that usually make it so delicious. Then we had something unusual: A Thai sausage salad, which was one of the driest, most inedible things I've had in a restaurant in a long time: Just an unsalted sausage, some undressed cabbage and cilantro, and a few chopped serrano peppers. God awful. The only thing that tasted good was a pineapple curry with shrimp. I don't think this place uses fish sauce, tamarind or sugar, which is freaking laughable. Sure, the food is hot, but any cooking school flunky can dump a bunch of chile paste in a wok. Big whoop. Rereading the article, it's obvious Michelle wasn't too impressed. I wish she had just declared its suckiness in less uncertain terms. Oh, another thing: It took 45 for our appetizers to arrive, and the place wasn't busy. It'll be a miracle if it survives the year.

Ashley
Ashley

I really really love this restaurant. It is a regular for me. There Chicken Curry is hands down the best curry I have ever had, and the Thai Iced Tea is to die for. Yum!

chris long
chris long

Yeah, there a good eateries out there and a lot of slop chutes...we get it !

Anything happening on the cultural front, other than the opening of a new mall or sports bar ?

 
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