Pizza and the flavors of Thai cuisine have certainly made a delicious experience and impression on me. In a little spot on Delmar Loop there is this pleasant restaurant called Thai Pizza Co. The restaurant comes from a chain of restaurants in the St. Louis area owned by Supatana “Pat” Prapaisilapa. Pat opened his first Thai restaurant in St. Louis’s University City back in 1991, as a way to bring Thai cuisine to the city.
During my visit there, my friends and I selected 7 items from the menu. These seven items I felt were quite satisfactory and a little different from what I usually eat at other Thai restaurants closer to home. There is honestly nothing better than some great Thai food when the weather is chilly. For a first impression the restaurants atmosphere was full of color and inviting. Its was inviting with its yellow walls and colorful decor that was not overwhelming, it gave a nice comfy and relaxing feel.
Starting first with the appetizers we selected a variation such as the Fresh Veggie Spring Rolls – rice wrapper filled and great with lettuce, bean sprouts, carrots. Served with a traditional peanut sauce for dipping. The Crispy Sweet Potato – lightly battered and deep fried. These sweet potato fries were unseasoned (no salt) and served with a creamy wasabi sauce.
Lastly, the Chicken Satay that was fried and had a nice crust on the outside sealing in the curried flavor, which is different than other restaurants I have been to which have grilled them. It was served with a peanut sauce for dipping as well as a cold cucumber and onion relish on the side to put on the chicken if you choose to do so. These are defintley some simple starting favorites for everyone.
Moving on to the entrees of the afternoon, once again it was varied through the menu as it had much to offer and passing up the opportunity to eat a Thai pizza was out of the question. The pizza size was a perfect serving to share with another person or eat by yourself if you are hungry. Picture to the right is a Kratiem Prikthai Pizza it was topped with mozzarella and Monterrey jack cheese to compliment the flavors of the Thai cuisine it was topped with. The second dish we indulged in was the traditional Thom Yum Soup with chicken, made with lemon grass, Thai spices and red chili. It was full of flavor and the lemon grass was not overpowering to the vegetables or chicken in the dish. It was the perfect balance of spice just right.
Of course like at any other Thai restaurant you are able to pick the level of spice. At Thai Pizza Co. their spice range is 1-10. One being the least spicy and 10 being the spiciest. I was daring that day and picked a 5 which at first was overwhelming but ended up being perfectly fine.
This Thai restaurant is a location that takes you away from the hustle of the main street which makes it even a better spot to sit down and get away. So take a walk down Delmar Boulevard to this location and enjoy some tasty Thai food with a twist. Do not be scared to grab a pizza because it is a well worth it experience!