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Posted by Sam on 08/08/2009
Recently had a shrimp dish only to discover pieces of chicken bones in the food. Was quite disgusted at this discovery. Ordered brown rice which is not 100% brown rice since it is a mixture of brown and white rice. Will not be eating from here again.
Posted by Jaimie on 07/25/2009
Though I typically steer clear of Midtown, my family was visiting and staying at the Park Central hotel. We passed Topaz and decided to have dinner there the following night. Without reservations, we showed up around 7:15 (SIXTEEN OF US!) and were seated within twenty minutes. During our short wait, the waiter offered to bring drinks outside to us, or to allow those of us who ordered from the bar to sit in the corridor. Once we were seated, the waiter was quick to bring shrimp chips and drinks (including water) to the table. We ordered appetizers. The spring rolls were excellent, and the fried calamari, which wasn't on the menu, but was light, cripsy, and covered with a wonderful spicy sauce, was absolutely out of this world. In our group were vegetarians, a vegan, and several picky children, but everyone seemed to find something they enjoyed. I had the Green Curry Pork, which was the best I have ever had. When we got the check, we were absolutely shocked by the price- just under $200 for the entire group! Several of us had multiple drinks (myself included, I highly recommend the plum wine!) and we expected it to be far more expensive. The service was excellent, and the food was out of this world, especially for the price we paid! I find myself craving the pork, and it seems enough reason to head back to midtown sometime very soon!
Posted by anonymous on 07/14/2009
Have been eating at Topaz for quite some time. Lately I'm quite disappointed with the food. When I get small chicken bones in a seafood dish, it's really something to worry about. Are they recycling the leftovers? Ordered brown rice which is not pure brown rice. It's white rice mixed with brown rice. The end result is a funny looking rice with an unappetizing smell.
Posted by IRON Chef's mom on 07/12/2009
got the grilled chicken special with spicy sauce and i requested for the sauce to be on the side. they gave me the chicken with the sauce all over the chicken. i mentioned it to the water who said that it'll take 10 more minutes to prepare another one without the sauce all over. 2 minutes later, they (waiter plus entourage of 3 other waiters) came back with the same chicken, WITHOUT the skin !!!!!! I mentioned this to the waiter and he kept arguing that there was skin on the chicken, underneath, on the side of the plate.. VERY ANNOYING, kept arguing that there was still skin on the chicken. ended up canceling the order. at the end, they charged 18% service charge. very poor service. i don't think this guys know what service means. i don't usually write reviews but this was really subpar!
Posted by Thai Lover on 07/07/2009
I think the negative reviewers are nuts. I've been eating at Topaz for almost 20 years and have never had a bad meal there. The prices are outrageously inexpensive...the portions are huge and the food is delicious. Throw in the free shrimp chips and the best peanut curry sauce I've ever had and this is the ultimate. They keep it simple and unpretentious and I keep coming back! YUM!
Posted by Katie on 06/26/2009
Went here recently with my girlfriends for lunch and it was superb. Food was delicious and it arrived hot as opposed to some places where its lukewarm. Service was pleasant and quick. Menu very varied and I like that you can stipulate your spice level. Only thing - show up early - we got there at 12noon and were straight in, 20 minutes later the line was huge! Its a little small so dont expect to be able to sit and chat once you have finished eating as they will need your table!
Posted by Brent on 05/16/2009
I just got out of Topaz Thai this evening. I am a native New Yorker, not a tourist, but TT is not in my neighborhood, so I only occaisionally eat here. I have enjoyed my previous experiences here, but not this one. The atmosphere and service were fine. But I am downrating TT because it is a terrible value: the price that you pay for the quality of the food that you get is totally not worth it. I will not come back unless someone else is paying... Here is my experience in detail. I ordered pineapple curry. My dish arrived in a reasonably timely manner. It consisted of about 7-8 medium-to-small sized shrimp, about 10 pineapple chunks (fresh or canned I could not tell, as they were cooked at this point), and the sauce, an ok tasting but somewhat watery and totally underspiced coconut milk concoction. And thats about IT! There were maybe a few peppers in the curry sauce, but barely anything else. I am sorry, but this dish needed a lot more other stuff. Onions, potatoes, carrots, cilantro, string beans--I don't know, but a whole lot more vegetables for sure. I have had as good or better Thai curry at places in Manhattan that charge half the cost. I also ordered a bowl of rice, as they are so cheap that they do not give you any with the dish itself. Out came a tiny bowl, about 1/3 to 1/4 of what I normally eat at a meal. I am sorry, but for the price ($13 pre tax/tip) that I paid for this dish the rice should have been free and more plentious. Who knows how much they charged for this tiny bowl. I came out of this restaurant barely satisfied, and had to eat some snacks once I got home. To all the people who gave this restaurant such glowing reviews: either Sat night has the B team crew, or else you guys have really low expectations. Any Thai people read this website? Where do you guys go for good Thai food in Manhattan? Can't be this place, thats for sure. I bet that it embarasses you. (I lived 7 months in Bangkok last year, so I have an idea what real Thai food is like.)