I love to try new restaurants especially to places that serve cultural cuisines that I don’t often eat, or that I am not well versed in cooking. This past year, Thai By Night opened in Canandaigua, and it has taken me has too long to visit. The excuse to go there was for my daughter Gabi’s 16th birthday. She also enjoys trying new foods.
The space is relatively small, the tables are close together, and the decorating is simple and tasteful. The food and the service were both was outstanding. All of the food came out quickly and hot, and our water glasses were constantly being refilled by the very attentive wait staff.
We had the Crispy Spring Rolls as our appetizer. They were crispy, hot and full of flavor. The dipping sauce complimented the rolls and added some spice. We decided to get two entrees and share them. We ordered Pad Kee Mao with chicken a noodle dish served with flat rice noodles, onions, tomatoes, scallions, and Thai basil and chili garlic stir-fry sauce. We also ordered Mom’s Nam Tak a dish of grilled strip steak, red onion, cilantro, scallion, Thai basil, jaew, and toasted rice powder. Both of the meals were outstanding.
The Pad Kee Ma noodle dish has an interesting combination of flavors. You have the option to order this dish with three levels of spiciness, mild, medium and spicy. We went with the mild option. I really enjoyed all aspects of this particular dish and how the subtle spicy kick balanced out the rest of the flavors.
The steak dish was equally as good, and it was cooked perfectly. The meat was tender, flavorful, sliced thin, and served with cilantro and sticky rice. The cilantro seemed to make a perfect compliment to the steak, and I tried to eat a little in every bite.
I am really bad using chopsticks but I worked hard to eat with them for the entire meal. Gabi is a natural at using them and she enjoyed watching me struggle. Personally, I love that Canandaigua has a restaurant with a true an urban feel. I felt like I was in New York City or San Francisco and the food was great! I also think it’s great that the owners are sourcing the foods and beverages from local farms, wineries, and breweries.
I am linking a few news stories below so you can learn more about the story behind Thai By Night.
Overall it was a great experience and I would highly suggest you get in there ASAP!