This quest for food started when I was looking for good sushi in the area. No offense, but Im not willing to get my sushi at Walgreens. Side note, if you don’t have the app “Around Me” for your iPhone, I would highly recommend it. Anyway, I found a sushi place, which I will write about later, just down the street from where I am currently working. Since I am trying to change my diet and daily habits, I am walking everywhere, so on my lunch break, I decided to try the sushi place out. Unfortunately according to a VERY faded sign on their door, they are closed from 330p-5p during the week.
Enter Nariya Thai.
Just above the sushi place was Nariya Thai, a place that I have driven past many times, but never stopped to partake. If you are keeping score, its right next to the Roscoe’s on El Centro and Sunset, but I digress. Since I was dying for a little lunch, I stopped on in.
My first impression was confusion, this is nothing like any thai restaurants I had been to, I think the country music threw me off. I sat down on the large outside patio with my view of Sunset Gower Studios and reminisced about great moments in Fresh Prince history while I looked over the menu. The menu was standard fare for Thai restaurants, nothing out of the ordinary caught my eye, so I settled on the spring rolls and a spicy beef salad for lunch.
The spring rolls were actually pretty tasty but the spicy beef salad was a little off putting at first taste. I don’t know how to describe it, but it was nothing that I was used to. I don’t know if it grew on me or I just accepted it, but the taste got better the more I ate. Typically if I am sampling something, I will have a few bites, but this was my lunch break so I scarfed everything down.
A week or so later, I decided to give it another shot, this time opting for the Thai sausage and mint noodles with chicken. I felt that the Thai sausage was too mealy, like there were way too many breadcrumbs in the sausage. And they serve it with whole garlic, onions, peanuts, and what I later found out to be CHUNKS of ginger. Wont make that mistake again. The mint noodles came with a heaping helping of food on the plate, and was rather tasty, save for the sliced whole peppers on top. I wish they would have incorporated the peppers into the dish more, but it seemed like they were just thrown on top for garnish.
I would say that Nariya Thai’s food is par for the course, its not overly great, but not terrible. One thing that kinda soured me on the deal is that my food got served on plates that were chipped. I can handle the food, but when you serve on plates that are chipped, that shows lack of attention to your customers and product.
Needless to say, other than location, this is not somewhere that I would be craving to go to anytime soon.