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“Wat An Experience !”

Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple
Ranked #40 of 2,430 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 2 June 2014

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I have heard about the Thai Temple for years now and have never been able to make it, well those days are over and what an experience.

Firstly, they are only open on Sunday. You need to arrive between 9:15 - 9:45 if you want to park anywhere close or even on the grounds, otherwise good luck.

When arriving this early you will be able to not only park close but easily see all of the various food lines, as well as pick a table. Some of the cooking stations were not ready until about 9:30 but that was fine. There is a long line on the north side of the food area with pre-packaged fresh foods ( see my pictures ). Then there is a drink station, a station cooking fried sweet potatoes and other vegetables. After that is the famous soup line, go here first as this line gets crazy long by 9:45 - 10:00.

At the soup line you will need to be ready or they will get short with you. You get to choose from angel hair sized noodles, medium sized, and wide, I tried the wide because they are easier to eat. Then you pick beef, pork, or vegetables to go in the soup. In the bottom of every soup bowl they line it with fresh bean sprouts which adds good crunch to the dish. Finally you have to pick from the small or large bowl Small is $6 and large is $8. The small is gigantic, the large is borderline ridiculous. Get the small.

Once you have your soup and other items found on the deck of the main building go sit by the river on the tables and enjoy. Make sure to notice they are selling plants and fresh veggies / fruits at the west end of the pic-nic area, there is also a kabob station set up down there too not to be missed.

The food is very reasonably priced and when they run out ( I am told around noon - 2:00 ) they are done for the day. Most importantly, CASH ONLY ! From someone that uses his credit card everywhere for frequent flyer points I had to remember to get cash Saturday before going Sunday.

It's quite the experience, check it out !

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20  Thank CandS2009
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Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

Definitely a very cool place to visit and experience. On Sundays there are volunteers that prepare and serve a variety of Thai foods and desserts are fair prices. There is a very good selection of different foods to try ranging from the most popular soup noodles (get there early otherwise its a long wait in line and they may sell out) to spring rolls (not very good or fresh). We visited once when there was a special festival going on and there seemed to be even more variety of foods. Make sure to visit on a nice day as there is only outdoor seating.

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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

I completely disagree with previous review complaining about portion of the soup. I'm a guy that eats more than most and the thai soup more than fills me up. $6 for lunch is not expensive. The food here is really good, have a temple and market as well as various performances. To have this in the states is great. The spring rolls(not fried) are fantastic. Yes, there are a lot of people that go, but for the price and uniqueness of the spot and good food it's a great place to visit.

3  Thank c4greene
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Had a fantastic time meeting up with friends here for a Sunday lunch. The food wasn't really something I cared for too much, but everyone else enjoyed the meal.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

I just came back from celebrating the fun Songkran Festival there, all while taking in the delicious Sunday market (which happens weekly).

Water splashing, meditation, gorgeous River front, picnic tables, a myriad of Thai dishes served... LOVE it! We couchsurfers meet up there quite often, it's a great place to take out-of-towners or locals wishing to spend a different, relaxing Sunday afternoon.

The 4 out of 5 stars is for the restaurant part. Why you may ask? Some of the curries are not as great as the ones I've had at other Thai restaurants in Tampa. Case in point? The Mussamman curry. Extremely bland, couldn't even taste the peanuts.. BUT! everything else (for the most part) is absolutely delicious and EXTREMELY cheap by Tampa standards. So go! :)

MUST NOTE: CASH ONLY! and get there by 9 AM or else you'll be stuck in long lines

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