One of the best Thai places in town if you're vegan or vegetarian.
Thai 88 has a huge vegan menu (35 + items) and even a vegan desert (Fried Banana) option.
Overall Thai 88 was a wonderful experience.
They just recently opened at the end of August '07 and I hadn't heard of it or seen any advertising or promotion about it. We just happened upon it driving by and stopped in.
The lighting was a little bright, if dimmed it would have made for a more pleasant and intimate dining experience.
The staff was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about their dishes.
The place was empty when we arrived (8pm on a Saturday) but a few people showed up as the night wore on. As more vegans
and vegetarians discover this place I can only imagine it will become very busy!
For starters we had the Vegetarian Egg Rolls ($6.95), the Tofu Satay ($6.95) and the Tom Yum Veggies soup ($8.99).
The "Egg" rolls are actually made with spring roll rice paper wrappers and contain only vegetables.
These were okay, they come with a pineapple sauce which tasted a little stale, (it may have been canned).
The Tofu Satay was DELICIOUS! 5 skewers, and all had a nice, flavorful charbroil. The satay came with peanut sauce...I like my Thai food HOT, and the peanut sauce was not at all spicy so I was a little disappointed, but it still tasted delicious.
We ended up dipping our "egg" rolls in the peanut sauce as it was much better than the pineapple sauce.
The Tom Yum soup was great. We ordered it "Thai Hot" which is as spicy as it comes and it lived up to it. It comes with pieces of tofu and fresh mushrooms. The full soup order is a large for two people unless someone is going to have it for their main course, so I would suggest ordering a bowl instead of a "hot pot" as the bowl is plenty for two people to get 2 servings each.
For our entree's we got Spicy Fried Rice with mock duck ($8.99) and Kang Ka Ree ($8.99).
The mock duck in the Spicy Fried Rice is the same type of mock duck you can find canned at 99 Ranch Market or Lee Lee's but it is prepared very well.
I usually do not care for the canned Asian "mock" meats but Thai 88 cooked and seasoned theirs nicely.
It came in little hunks mixed in the fried rice, overall a good dish with a huge portion.
The Kang Ka Ree also had a generous portion size. Kang Ka Ree is yellow curry with tofu, potatoes, and onions.
This yellow curry dish is a vegetarian staple at any decent Thai restaurant. Thai 88's version is probably the best I've had in the valley yet.
For desert we ordered Fried Bananas ($3.95) normally they would be served with Coconut ice cream or honey, but they also have maple syrup on hand so we had ours served with maple syrup.
The bananas are wrapped in rice paper and flash fried.
They were served on a plate with a cup of warm maple syrup and coconut shavings.
We dipped the bananas in the syrup and then in the coconut shavings and it was divine.
If you're vegan, you know that deserts at a restaurant are few and far between.
You like Thai? Thai Good...Eat at Thai 88!