THAI THAI RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
ADDRESS: 6365 North Wickham Road, Suite 107, Melbourne, FL 32940
For the longest time, my go-to Thai / Japanese restaurant has been Thai Hana up in Viera. I’m pretty sure that the count of times I’ve been there is in the double digits at this point, and the staff probably recognize me when I walk in.
It certainly doesn’t hurt, however, to try expanding my horizons to see what other options are in the area. I had noticed another Thai / Japanese restaurant in a shopping plaza off of North Wickham Road, and decided to head over there with my friends Carlos and Sara to try it out.
The inside of the restaurant definitely had a modern aesthetic to it, with dark color themes being the primary choice and a nice balance of decorative art placements and lighting around the space. One of the main decorative elements of the dining area, located at the back of the restaurant, was a large stone waterfall piece. Softly lit multi-colored lighting cast over the water as it ran down the face of the stone, promoting a Zen atmosphere of the area and complemented the other modern décor nicely.
After glancing over the menu, there was definitely one thing that popped out to me: the prices on some of these specialty sushi rolls were approaching (or even exceeding) the $20 mark. Just based on sampling some other sushi restaurants in the area, that pricing bar did seem a bit expensive to me.
I wanted to get a diverse sampling of the menu, so I ended up ordering a Chicken Pad Thai entrée along with one of the specialty sushi rolls. It just so happened that it was the tail end of Happy Hour when we were placing our orders, so we took advantage and also got an appetizer of fried gyoza as well.
For a Thursday evening dinner service, things were relatively quiet in the dining area. There were a few customers that stopped by to pick up to-go orders, but for the most part, it was just us and a handful of other tables. This probably ended up benefiting us, because our food started to roll out of the kitchen pretty quickly, starting with our soups and gyoza appetizer.
I thought the gyoza itself was average, with the pork filling maybe needing a bit more seasoning, but the outside fried to a nice, golden brown. Our entrées came out midway into us diving into the gyoza and soups, with their larger plates beginning to take up table real estate. Things definitely started getting crowded once the two sushi plates made it over as well.
Presentation-wise, I could see that they were trying to take advantage of negative space with the white entrée plates. That effect, however, was diminished when there were drips of sauce from the food leftover around the edge. There probably should have been a final wipe of the plate prior to sending it out. In addition, on the outer edge of my pad thai’s plate, the surface felt a bit slick, like it might not have been as thoroughly washed.
The pad thai itself tasted pretty good, with ample pieces of chicken interspersed throughout the dish. The sauce wasn’t overly greasy like some other pad thai dishes I’ve had before, and the crushed peanuts garnished on top helped to accentuate that flavor and provide a textural contrast. Portion-wise, it was definitely a lot of food, and I probably could have split it into two meals had I not been hungry enough to devour it all!
Turning my attention over to the two sushi rolls, I found myself trying to gauge if the prices were justified. The Key West Roll, which was stuffed on the inside with shrimp tempura, eel, krab, scallions, asparagus, and avocado, with fish roe coated on the outside, was priced up at $15. The Sea of Love specialty roll, comprising of spicy tuna, avocado, asparagus, scallions, and masago on the inside, topped with seared tuna, panko breadcrumbs, and spicy mayo, clocked in at a steep $19.
Between the two rolls, I preferred the Sea of Love. I thought the flavors of the tuna blended well with the spicy mayo and eel sauce, and the avocado helped add to the natural fatty texture of the tuna. For the Key West Roll, there was just something off about the sushi rice. My thought was that it might have been slightly overcooked, so when the chef did the final wraparound making the roll, the rice mushed together just a bit.
Honestly, after trying both of the sushi rolls, I think they are overpriced. The Key West I would say should be closer to the $12 mark, with the Sea of Love maybe at $15 – $16. I did enjoy the dining atmosphere, with more of a modern design element feel to it as well as the flavors of the plate of pad thai. Compared to other Thai / Japanese restaurant options available in the area, I don’t think that a second visit to Thai Thai is in the books for me.
Let’s now take a look at the Thai Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar Dish Spotlight. Asterisks (*) below mark my recommended dishes.
And finally, here are my rankings for Thai Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar:
Food: 3.5 / 5
Although the pad thai itself was pretty tasty, there was some room for improvement with regards to the presentation (sauce drips on the edge, oily plate surface). For one of the sushi rolls, it was hard to get past the slightly mushy consistency of the sushi rice on the outside.
Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5
I thought the modern décor really worked well in the dining area, with the dark colors and lighting placements really complementing each other well. I was also a fan of the stone waterfall piece, which fit right in with the overall theme.
Service: 4 / 5
Our waiter, Eric, was pretty attentive throughout the course of the meal, frequently coming back and checking in on us. Speed of the food coming out of the kitchen was pretty quick as well.
Price: 3 / 5
This was kind of a mixed bag, since I thought the price of the pad thai was fair based on the portions on the plate. But it was the sushi pricing that I thought was a little bit much.