side street thai kitchen / north park | san diego, ca
Why yes, it’s another review for a restaurant in North Park! This time my mission was to introduce Jake and the kids to “real” Thai food and we hit up Side Street Thai Kitchen. Jake’s only previous experience with Thai food was at ra-ka-de-ka which I did not consider to be “real” Thai food. If you only have 3 levels of heat available, then sorry, you’re not real Thai food.
After looking over the menu for a bit, we all decided what we wanted to eat. Jake’s youngest son insisted that he only want to eat wontons, rice and noodles and that’s it. We ordered a side of plain rice for him, a side of plain noodles and this appetizer below:
Crispy Triangles ($6.95) – “Crispy wontons stuffed with curried-potato, shrimp, and crab meat, served with Thai spicy and sweet sauce.” We ordered these for Jake’s son and he was nice enough to share with us. Kind of a twist on the regular crab rangoon wontons you see in Chinese restaurants – these had a nice flavor and were crispy and crunchy. The thai spicy-sweet sauce is a thinner, more see-through sauce with hints of orange flavor in the sauce. I really like it!
Jake stayed in his comfort level and ordered the Orange Chicken ($10.95), but at a level 5 (out of 10) spiciness. He gave me a bite to eat and one bite wasn’t spicy enough to really show through but after he ate all of his chicken, he definitely felt the heat. Jake thought this was one of the best orange chicken dishes he’s ever had. The batter isn’t too thick or heavy and the chicken pieces had a really nice crispy crunch. Jake wants to go back and see if he can handle a level 6!
This is Jake’s daughter’s Wonton Soup with roast pork slices (don’t have the exact pricing down for this one). I didn’t have any of this, but his daughter freakin’ loved this dish and kept talking about it all night.
I also stayed within my comfort zone and ordered the Beef Pad Thai ($9.95). I usually get chicken or shrimp but for some reason I was really jonesing for some beef and this totally hit the spot. I got a measly level 2 spiciness, but I am a wimp and I just like a little amount of heat. I loved the amount of crushed peanuts on top, it was enough to get into many bites of food and the noodles and sauce were sweet, slightly spicy, and very good.
Here’s a funny story that happened at dinner that night. Jake’s son, for some reason, wanted to try the spicy chili sauce. Now, this stuff is HOT. Just looking at it you know it can burn, all red with tons of red pepper flakes poking around in the sauce. Jake warned him it was really hot and he proceeded to take a big spoonful and rub it all over the top of his rice. He took a bite of the rice + chili sauce and then immediately started drinking water and then stuffed his sweater sleeve into his mouth to try and stop the burn. Ohhh, poor kid. Lesson learned.
All in all we all enjoyed our night out for some Thai food in North Park and now Jake and the kids know they like Thai! Mission accomplished.
Side Street Thai Kitchen
3025 University Ave
( Between 30th St. & Ray St. )
San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: (619) 228-9208