Tucked away near the Subway and Bicycle shop in the strip mall, you could easily overlook this little wonderland. I know I did when I first moved into the area many years back, and it was only when friends recommended it that I (and my new husband) tried it, and we never looked back. Yes we have tried other Thai restaurants all over Fort Lauderdale but always come back here because of the wonderful food, well developed spices, aromas and all round flavors, not to mention good service.
Unfortunately a year or so ago, my doctor told me I had super high cholesterol, and because I didn't want to take medication, I placed myself on a strict vegan diet. It worked wonders, my cholesterol and blood pressure started dropping, and I was very happy with the results. I was very sad that I had to exclude Thai 84/84 Thai but while I was getting healthy, I just had to stay away. So did my husband, because it would have been too tempting, watching him eat while I couldn't. Thank you darling husband.
Anyway, all this time later, my cholesterol is down and I can start branching out again a little, while not being crazy. The first stop on my list was 84 Thai - I couldn't WAIT to have another Pad Thai (although I did forego the Thom Ka Gai, which was my all-time favorite soup and something I just HAD to have from there, but at this point, with the coconut milk etc., just something I can't eat again just yet) My husband couldn't wait to have a Penang Chicken (medium with extra sauce) - when I called the restaurant to order take away, to my absolute astonishment, the manager remembered my name AND my husband's name AND not only that - commented that he was glad we were back after such a long absence, and asked if we'd like the usual (he REMEMBERED!!! Pad Thai and Penang Chicken Curry, medium with extra sauce. You could have knocked me over with a feather. HE REMEMBERED! AFTER ALL THIS TIME!)
Know the saying " people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."? Well let me tell you, he made me feel like a million dollars, just remembering all these things about one of his many customers from so long ago. Kudos to you.
We had ordered the food as takeout, and let me tell you, the portion sizes were very generous, and the food was absolutely outstanding - it was so good, I had to call him to tell him that it was even better than I remembered. Because it was. The curry was spicy but full of flavor, giving that little bit of heat that gets you in the back of your throat in a good way, and my pad thai was wonderful.
What a wonderful place, wonderful food, wonderful owner and manager. We will be coming back many, many times. And if you haven't eaten there, then y ou really need to try it - it's better (not as commercial and touristy as many of the other Thai places in town) - it's just wonderful. Unexpected in a little strip mall like this, but just wonderful. You won't be sorry.
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