Warning: This restaurant write-up will not include any puns, all too common in the name of Thai restaurants.
This writer will instead focus on the natural goodness of Thai food as prepared by Yakima’s New Thai restaurant, which has been offering relatively inexpensive and well-prepared items for several years.
Despite the complex menu, it can be difficult to spend more than $20 on a single meal here, including dessert. (The fried banana is recommended, but the other options are worth checking out.)
On my most recent visit, I went with the garlic pork. The sauted pork is mixed with onions and other vegetables and prepared with a garlic sauce. The garlic cooks in well and complements the meat without making itself too obvious.
For those seeking the classic Thai appetizer (American style, at least), New Thai offers the cream-filled butterfly.
The other options I’ve tried here, including the soups, are all worth repeating in future visits.
The most expensive entree is the seafood combination at $11.50. The cheapest is the sweet-and-sour vegetable dish at $7.25.
New Thai never seems overwhelmed with sit-down customers for dinner, but there’s a steady stream of takeout diners. The restaurant’s booths and wide sections make it easy to feel as if you are dining separately from the other customers.
– Mark Morey
New Thai Restaurant
Location: 4808 Tieton Drive, Yakima
Lunch: Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Mondays-Thursdays from 5-9 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.