We love Thai restaurants and jumped at the chance to review Pad Thai Restaurant in Margate. Unfortunately, we found that this small Mom & Pop restaurant might need a bit of a renovation¬†with the¬†decor, service and food.
Pad Thai Margate is located in the Peppertree Plaza and has been a local favorite for years. Upon our arrival for dinner on a recent Friday, we found the restaurant a bit on the empty side so we were sat right away. I guess the $8.95 Early Bird special is not that popular with even the locals. The inside is clean, but a bit out dated especially when compared to many of the other local Thai restaurants. The walls are a solid pinkish, peach color with a few Thai wall hangings. ¬†There‚Äôs also a few ornamental Thai wood areas to give some personality and the table cloths give it an old fashioned feel.
Our server came over to take drink orders and drop off menus as soon as we were sat. ¬†The menu at Pad Thai Restaurant covers all of the Thai favorites and is actually quite large. Lots of soups and noodle dishes with many curry varieties. This is one of the few Thai restaurants in the area that does not offer sushi, so take note. They did have a limited ‘early bird’ dinner special with a list of entrees that include soup and a drink, but we opted for the regular menu. ¬†Also note that soda is served in cans, so no refills but they do a cool thing with the straw wrappers.
Our server returned with our drinks and was quite friendly, but lacked knowledge of the menu. When asked how hot/spicy the ‘hot’ is here, he responded “oh, I don’t know…I don’t eat spicy food”. ¬†That’s not really a response you want to hear at a Thai restaurant. We totally understand not eating spicy food, but he should be well versed in knowing the levels. What happens if someone gets Thai hot on accident? Jeff stuck with the ‘hot’ pick and hoped for the best. Our soup & salad came out quickly.
Wonton Soup (included with entree). ¬†This cup of wonton was packed with layers of flavor. The broth was delicate and not too salty, making it one of the better versions we’ve had. The bean sprouts were fresh and the roasted garlic pieces were a great addition. They only added one wonton on the soup which was a bit disappointing as it was quite tasty.
Side Salad (included in entree). ¬†Crisp iceberg lettuce was a nice throw back to days gone by, but Jeff liked it. The portion is quite small since half of the plate holds the bowl of ginger dressing. ¬†If you enjoy ginger, you will love this dressing. It was fresh and loaded with ginger.
Shrimp in a Blanket ($7.95) – shrimp and pork wrapped in wonton and fried. This appetizer was freshly made and was so hot we had to let it cool for a bit. The wrapper was crisp but a little greasy. The pork filling was flavorful and reminded us of the same flavor found in Vietnamese fried spring rolls. ¬†The shrimp was good and the two made a good combination. The sweet chili sauce was the perfect dipping accompaniment too.
Garlic Black Pepper with Shrimp ($12.95) – Mixed steamed vegetables and shrimp with a garlic pepper sauce. The dish was way over sauced and it was too soupy. The garlic flavor was definitely there, but we were not sure where the pepper was. Veggies were fresh, but a bit overcooked and they were still steaming when they arrived. The shrimp were on the small side and had no flavor at all. This was not a dish we would order again.
Country Curry with Chicken ($11.95) – Country curry blend sauce with mixed vegetables and chicken. Again they were very heavy on the sauce and it was way too thin. It was more like a broth and didn’t stick to the chicken or vegetables. The flavor was there, just needed more of it to stick to what you were eating. The vegetable choice was odd with peas thrown in, which we’ve never seen. Maybe a tweak on the sauce and this would have been a really good dish.
The service slow after we got our appetizer. ¬†Waters went dry for a bit and they didn’t really check back with us until the end of the meal. We’re hoping this was an off day, but the more we think about it, we really kinda think not.¬† It might be¬†an okay¬†place for lunch, but the dinner didn’t impress us.
Pad Thai Margate Restaurant is located at¬†5458 W Sample Rd, Margate, FL 33073