Houston: Thai Gourmet

My favorite country is Thailand, well I actually haven’t been there but from the photos and my love for Thai food, it has to be! So until I travel the 10K miles across the Pacific Ocean, I will continue to dream and eat at Houston’s best Thai restaurant, Thai Gourmet. This authentic gem is tucked away in a strip center off Richmond Ave near Hillcroft on the west side of Houston.

Don’t come in a rush, there is typically a wait  at Thai Gourmet and it can be a long wait, but worth it. Their prices are reasonable with friendly and efficient service. The menu has several sharable dishes, plus… its BYOB. What’s not to love?

The spice levels aren’t a joke either, I love spicy foods, but their medium is spicy, I can’t imagine with Thai hot would be! Ouch! They even warn you about their spice levels on the front Guide. FYI, I would glance over the guide in the front of the menu, popular places like this like to pre-inform their customers of certain restaurant rules.

We ordered family style and shared the Green Curry Chicken, Pad Thai and my personal favorite Pad Khee Mao (Drunken Noodles), ranging from mild – medium heat. The lunch combo includes a house salad with peanut dressing and spring rolls. Everything was spiced to perfection!

I would save the best for last, but the Pad Khee Mao just can’t wait. The flat rice noodles are stir fried with garlic, tomatoes, yellow onions, bell peppers, carrots and basil. Each bite I took, the more the flavors went wild. We made it a little fancier by adding chicken and shrimp. I ordered my dish, mild-medium heat; it was just enough to leave you wanting more without the pain.

To be honest, curry isn’t the first thing I typically order. I don’t know why because I love everything that goes into making curry, especially the coconut milk! The Green Curry Chicken at Thai Gourmet is delicious and full of great flavor. They even serve it along side a heart-shaped steamed rice, cute huh? The curries crunch from the bamboo shoots with the creaminess from the curry paste/coconut milk, made for a delicious combination. There were zero leftovers.

Now! The Pad Thai! I know. Basic. But it’s worth it. The rice stick noodles are stir fried with egg, bean sprouts, red/green onions. The chicken is juicy and bursts with all the Thai flavors. Not an over-powering peanut taste here, either. Once again, a solid decision.

I’m already planning my next visit! I think I will order the Red Curry Duck, Basil Beef and of course, Pad Khee Mao. Thank you for a delicious and authentic meal, Thai Gourmet. I can’t wait to come back!

Thai Gourmet (6324 Richmond Ave Houston, TX // 713.780.7955)

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