Tempe >Food & Dining > Thai Rama Tempe Llc
927 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ | Directions 8528133.421915 -111.925242
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
This Place Rocks – Two weeks ago I went to a Thai Rama. It is right next to the main campus of ASU. It is located on 927 E. University Dr. Tempe 85281. around this area there are dorms other shops and if you head east for about five minutes you will be at Tempe Market Place. Many college students go here because of the convenience and the good pricing. It is literally walking distance from ASU and the dorms.
Unlike some restaurants Thai Rama is designed to looks like a Thai restaurant. I have been to some Chinese and Thai places that look ordinary beyond belief. These people put in the time and effort to make it look authentic. Everything from the seats at the table to the toilet seats in the bathroom everything is culturally influenced. I was really happy with this because it didn’t feel like I was sitting in a McDonalds or Panda Express.
The service was terrific. I usually take my time in figuring out what I want to eat but this did not seem to faze her. When I told her I needed some more time to think about what I wanted she just smiled and said “Take your time”. I did not feel rushed and the temperature was perfect. Even though it was cold outside, on the inside it was nice and warm so I did not have to wear my jacket.
The food was superb! Even though my meals cost around 11 dollars it was entirely worth it. There was so much food that I had to take some home. There was a lot of shrimp which delighted me because usually restaurants only give a little bit. They gave be a lot and they were full sized too. The oyster sauce was glazed over it to the point where I could taste it, but it was not taking over my meal. All of the flavors seemed to be jumping out at me and was wonderful. I would definitely go back again because the service and food were excellent.
One Of the Best Thai... – Hi.. I love Char's Veg. fried Rice with Tofu... the taste of tofu will be amazing .. they are so crispy and yummy.. enviroinment is amazing... i feel at home .. my mouth waters if i think of Char'sssss... Love Thai Food Love Char's ... Gud customer service ,Hospitality,Gud Rate,everything is gud gud gud.... everybody should eat atleast once in Char's .. if you ... you wont stop gng.. I assure... Hi5s to Chars..
Is it good or not? Varies too much to say... – Well, I have to agree with the latest review that the food is average. I hadn't been there in over a year, and it used to be great. The best Thai food I had ever had. But I went yesterday, and it just didn't have the melange of spices that it used to have. In fact, it seemed more Americanized than I recall. They need to get back to the authentic spices, zap that food! Don't worry if it's too far out there for Americans, they can always go eat at Panda Express (Chinese). Cater to the ones that want true Thai flavors. This place was fantastic once, let's hope they get back to that. I must give credit to the Tom Yum Gai...that was still perfect!
Very Disappointed – I have eaten at Char's twice before, and although it was not fabulous, it was not nearly as disappointing as my most recent visit. I ordered red curry, and it tastes very artificial and extremely oily. My friend ordered Pad Thai and would not finish her meal. There are other thai restaurants in town that I enjoy. Fortunately, I will not need to eat at Char's again. It's too bad the food quality has become so poor.
User review by markchai – I have been eating at Char's for about 8 years now; I eat at lots of other Thai restaurant, as well, but I like Char's enough to have brought 20 people there for a brithday party, and everyone loved the food. The staff was well-prepared to help us (we made a reservation), and accomodated everyone's requests greacefully, which they always do for me.
I have only had a noticeable problem with the service once, and the food has always been great- I love their yellow curry, and they have a trout dish where you get the whole fish that is quite good; just be ready to have him staring at you!
Their "Thai hot" is hotter than any place I've ever been, so be careful! (though that was in 1999. I haven't dared to since...)
The atmosphere is quirky, but the place just feels good. You can't argue with that.
Char-broiled? – When I first moved to the area, I asked many people where I could find good Thai Food, and several suggested Char's. So, I have been there three times, and have had three disappointing experiences, leading me initially to believe that there is no good Thai food in Phoenix. I can get over the Wild Western decor (I think), but I can't get over food quality problems, soggy chicken, overcooked beef, weak spicing, slow service. Another reviewer wrote that their Thai friends say that Char's is authentic. This may very well be true, but it reminds me more of taco stand authentic rather than fine dining authentic. I have since found Thai food I like better, and for mediocre Thai food, there are quicker cheaper solutions.
Yeah, it's a little strange looking inside. Wagon wheels, bull horns, Christmas lights, and then there are some asian touches just to be different. But, look past the decorations and taste the food. Awesome. Get #5 beef medium hot and enjoy. I have taken many Thai friends here. They all feel at home. It's food they are used to. If you want REAL, you have found it. Aroy mak kobb.
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