Not Packing the Heat at Sawatdee

Adam Erace won’t be among the throngs waiting for a table at Sawatdee. He finds the 15th and South Thai BYOB lacking in heat and consistency. At least there was the ba mee moo dang.

The biggest impression maker was the ba mee moo dang, sliced roasted pork with wispy egg noodles anointed with garlic oil. Boiled and shocked with a dancer’s timing, the noodles were perfectly cooked, and the tender pig crackled with the honey, soy and garlic it had absorbed over a two-day marinade. I’d seek that out.

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  • Victor Fiorillo

    Why anyone would go here when Circles is a short bike ride down 15th Street, I have no idea.

  • John E.

    @Victor – Location. People from Center City/Rittenhouse don’t generally venture way into Point Breeze for Thai. And despite the “lukewarm” review here, Sawatdee has gotten generally positive reviews elsewhere. Heck, just about everyone on Yelp has given it 4 or 5 stars.

  • nycnative

    “Sawatdee is one of these places, where you have to ask for chopsticks and plead for spice.”

    If this idiot thinks he is so worthy of “authentic” thai, then he would realize that Thai people don’t use chopsticks. They use a fork and spoon.

  • Adam

    Nycnative, Thais do use chopsticks, mostly for noodle dishes.

  • Snake

    I use a fork and spoon anyway. I think it’s weird that white people ask for chopsticks to look cultured in ethnic restaurants.

  • Chris C

    OK… reviewer guy shows up for lunch at 10:50, which is ridiculously early. He finds the door locked, which suggests they are not open yet, but proceeds to knock on the window to bother the staff. Said staff person is understandably huffy when answering the door, so reviewer gets upset at his attitude and waxes on about how it’s not Thai hospitality. WTF?

  • KS 2

    Sorry Adam, Thais do not use chopsticks. Period. Trust me, I’ve been there, repeatedly.

  • Tex

    Thais only use chopsticks at Chinese restaurants.

  • Philly Phil

    It’s true Adam. Thai’s do not use chopsticks other than with certain dishes of Chinese origins, such as noodle soups.

    I live there and speak the language fluently.


  • Victor Fiorillo

    @ John E… I’ve seen the reviews. I also went there twice and was thoroughly underwhelmed, chopsticks or not. Just another mediocre Thai place for Philadelphia. What’s new?