This posting continues my review on the restaurants we visited during our New Hampshire vacation. You can find part 1 here. On our third night of vacation, we went to Chang Thai Cafe because it had excellent guest reviews. At first I was happy because the service and food was good. We had the spring rolls and they were fresh and tasty. I had a pineapple and cashew fried rice dish. It was a clean dish as the vegetable was not overcooked and the sauce was not too heavy. But in reality there was not much of a sauce. I do not know if you can tell from the pictures but some of the rice was still white so it was not properly covered with sauce.
Greg got his Pad Thai as medium and in a lot of Thai restaurants in Buffalo, medium can be hot. At this restaurant there was no heat in medium. But we were happy since the food was edible and good service. Perhaps they were catering to tourists because they said their owner is from Thailand leading you to believe traditional Thai food.
The food was good enough and we were concern about trying another restaurant. So the next night we returned and this experience was not as good. First the restaurant was 75% empty and the hostess was leading us to sit next to a table where the kids were basically jumping off the wall. I will always blame the business owner for not training their hostess to make sure the customer has a good dining experience so they will return. Yes, I know they need to be sensitive to ensure the waitresses have fairness for tips – but if we have a bad experience we do not give a second chance. And I understand that families are going to bring their children and it is a long time for children to sit still. But when your restaurant is 75% empty you can do better with the sitting. So she moves us somewhere else when Greg expressed the concern about the children – next to another table with children and under an air conditioning unit periodically blowing cold air. Seriously this is your idea of good hospitality? Greg mentioned to her I guess we can’t win tonight and she just smiled and walked away – she seemed rather clueless. Our waitress was a sweet young lady. I ordered a different stir fry and was rather disappointed when I found out it was the exact same dish as the one I had the night before except having pineapple and cashews it had a couple of other vegetables added. This was very misleading since it was two different dishes on their menu leading one to believe they would have their own flavor profile. They really should have had one entry for fried rice with two options to select from so guests know it is the same plate.
Overall, it was the best of the three restaurants with a reasonable price point with decent food. If you go there make sure they do not seat you under the air conditioning unit since they are clueless that it could take your hot dinner and turn it cold rather quickly. If we ever go back to New Hampshire we will stay at a manor or inn where the dinner is included in their restaurant. They are typically fine dining but the cost is part of the package making it cost effective. I may sound harsh but it does not seem unreasonable to me that a tourist town have decent hospitality and that the food is good at a reasonable price point. I don’t know how many times I said to Greg they need a Moe’s! Their food is excellent and provides a ton of energy for hiking. Stay tuned for my last part where I share the best food we had while dining out!