Monday, January 14, 2013

Porchai's Thai Cuisine in Wakefield

Sometimes, an empty restaurant at lunchtime can be troubling. You're not sure if you want to chance it, and spend your money on a mediocre meal. I had that same hesitation when I walked into Porchai's Thai Cuisine in Wakefield last week, when I met my former co-workers for lunch. But after only a few bites of my meal, I was glad we gave this restaurant a chance.

Porchai's Thai Cuisine is off the beaten path in Wakefield, and the empty tables could have easily been because...well, let's be honest: Wakefield isn't that hoppin'. Regardless of the reason, I'm so glad we gave this restaurant a chance. Their menu is chocked full of Thai dishes that omnivores and vegetarians can get down with, and the prices are also very reasonable.

For my lunch entree, I went with the Spicy Eggplant Tofu ($8.50), which was wonderfully vibrant in appearance.

The dish overall was chocked full of fresh flavor from the vegetables and basil, and the rice was cooked perfectly. The dish was a tad bit greasy for my liking, and I prefer my tofu grilled or sauteed vs. fried, but that's my fault for not inquiring before ordering. Regardless, this was a light yet satisfying lunch; I'd definitely order this dish again.

In this instance, I'm glad we gave Porchai's Thai Cuisine a chance, but I have been disappointed in an empty restaurant's food before...and have discovered, the hard way, why the restaurant was empty. 

Are you also hesitant to eat at a restaurant that's empty during peak dining hours? 

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  1. I'm the same way...I have a hard time trusting an empty restaurant. Looks like this experience turned out okay though!

  2. Absolutely! We always think it's a bad sign when a place is empty; we usually keep going.