I am disappointed. And still recovering from road rage.
I decided I really wanted something spicy and new, so I thought of Capital Thai. Albany John really liked it, and everyone around here seems to agree.
So I called in an order of a lunch sized entrée of Shrimp in Capital Thai Sauce (spicy tamarind) for $8.95 and since I saw sushi and I’m a piggie for sushi; one Philadelphia roll (salmon, avocado and cream cheese).
So I headed out to Central Ave and once I hit uptown Albany traffic I was immediately caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic for over 25 minutes. As usual, there was a merge of 2 lanes of traffic. Which means in Albany, (or all of New York for that matter) that one lane of people is in the lane that is supposed to be open, and the other jack holes speed up on the soon-to-be-closed lane and cut people off to get ahead of the line. This just backs traffic up entirely and everything is in a standstill.
Once I finally managed to get into Capital Thai’s parking lot (after getting cut off and almost hit by a big construction vehicle that was running a light >_<) my order was waiting on the counter. I paid $15.34 including tax and was on my way out. Thankfully traffic was a bit easier on the way back, but I was still stuck in traffic forever because the people on Central didn’t think they needed to follow the lights, so I couldn’t get in on my green lights because traffic cones were everywhere and people were running red lights in a big stream because traffic was so slow.
Once I finally trekked back inside, I was really looking forward to Thai food. There was a hot metal container with my Shrimp in Capital Thai Sauce, and it looked pretty substantial. Normally I wouldn’t spend so much on lunch, but hey, this seemed like a good deal.
And then I opened the container.
As you can see, it looks closer to a soup than to a sauce, at least in my book. It was very runny, and there was a mish mash of veggies in the sauce. The menu says the shrimp is supposed to be crispy fried and covered in this sauce, but these were soggy. I am blaming that on Traffic, since they were the opposite of crispy.
Flavor wise, I was not impressed. It was like a modified sweet and sour sauce with some chili flakes thrown in. If I don’t think it’s too spicy, then it’s really not spicy. Maybe I got the anglo-heat since I used my American name for pick up. The veggies were mostly shredded carrot, pineapple, and celery. Kind of a weird combination, and I didn’t really like them. Maybe this is normal? I’m not sure, but with the heavy soup/sauce combo, it was a bit of an overdose on sticky-sweetness and mushy veggies. Again, I am willing to blame this on the traffic and the heat affecting the container.
The shrimp were swimming in the sauce, and so I picked them out and put them on the gigantic container of rice they gave with the entrée. When I picked them out, I realized there were 7 shrimp in the entire container. I’ll say 8 and be generous. But to me, the seafood lover, 8 medium sized shrimp is puny for a dish that cost $9. They were a bit gummy and mushy (ick), but I am going to blame that on them sitting in the container while I sat in traffic, but still, I have had other Asian foods sit around for a long time with less ill effects. Also, the container as a whole was shallowly half filled with food. I think a smaller container would have been better, or better yet, more food, since when I first looked at it, I just thought “Aww, is that all?”.
In the end, I left the last shrimp (something I never do since I love seafood) and just threw it out – it was so disappointing, I just didn’t want to eat it anymore.
The Philadelphia roll was okay at $5.25, but I would not order it again. The fish was fresh, but the roll itself was very hard to taste because of all the rice on the outside. The cream cheese was ok, but I didn’t much care for it. I ended up picking off a lot of the rice around the rolls and poking out some of the cream cheese to make it taste better. I tossed the last 2 pieces of roll since they were just not worth the calories.
I would really describe this experience as disappointing. Not awful, not bad, not good, not great, just disappointing. Sometimes I think disappointing meals are even worse than bad meals. With disappointing meals, you know there’s just a little something that needs tweaking. Bad meals are just plain bad (you know, like anything with ketchup and mayo in it – har har!).
I think I will give Capital Thai another try and eat in – their décor was simple, spacious and very relaxed. The staff was very polite and nice. I am just going to blame this entire thing on traffic and my own poor menu choices.