One of my weaknesses is Thai food.  I love it.  Going to a new Thai restaurant is always exciting for me.  I always order Pad Thai as my first entrée because if they make good Pad Thai, then everything else will be good.  If their Pad Thai is bad, forget it.  I’ll never go again.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve hit a couple of new Thai restaurants.  One was bad and the other was good.  A new restaurant opened up in Dupont Circle, across from the Rite Aid on Florida Ave NW, called Banana Leaves.  I had a lot of hope because not only is it close, but they deliver.  Unfortunately, I will never order from them again.  It was bad because:

  • It was bland.  There was absolutely no flavor (despite asking for medium spice).
  • It was oily.  Forget it. 

I threw away the menu.  And I recommend you don’t order from this place.  Sorry, you have no idea how much I wanted to like you! 

The good one was called Bua Thai.  It’s on P St NW and 16th (Dupont Circle) which is great because I can easily walk there after work (and I have) to pick up dinner.  And guess what friends, THEY DELIVER!  Oh, they have a small wine list, but you can find something that will work for your meal. 

  • Food: Again, I ordered the Pad Thai and golden triangles (fried tofu, another favorite of mine) when I went out with a couple of friends. We were all very pleased and it was pretty darn cheap  I told the guy I wanted to spicy and it was perfect. As I like to say, I want to be “reminded I’m alive” and this definitely did that. The golden triangles were good (but not the best, I’ll tell you where the best ones are later). It was a bit oily and it was hot (as in temperature, not only spice). It was good and have I mentioned it was cheap?
  • Service: Very courteous but not annoying. They left us alone to talk, but always filled our water glasses. The only thing I thought was “weird/funny” was that when the food came out, they gave you forks.  So we had to request chopsticks.
  • Atmosphere: We sat alfresco on a beautiful fall evening — it was perfect. It’s not loud and annoying when you sit outside, but it’s not a super quiet place either. When we went (on a weekday), we were able to easily have (and hear) a conversation. Inside it seems fine, but not a place that I’d love to hang out for hours.
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall: Bua Thai is a place that I’d keep on speed dial because it’s quick, decent, and cheap. Oh, and unless you’re cheap, don’t take your first date here.  Perfectly fine to go after you’ve been dating a little bit. 

Details:

  • Reservations are accepted, but I have never had to make one yet.
  • Hours: Sun: 5-10:30 pm; Mon-Thu 5-10:30 pm; Fri-Sat 5-11 pm
  • Delivery Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30 am-3 pm & 5 pm-10 pm; Sat-Sun: Noon-4 pm; 5-10 pm
  • Address: 1635 P Street, N.W.; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202- 265-0828