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Thai Lotus Restaurant (aurora/naperville)

OK guys. I went there.... and I must tell you... this place doesn't stand up to any Thai restaurant I have ever been to.

The food was horrible.

But the service was extremely good. The people were so friendly I didnt have the heart not to take my leftovers home when they asked.

I am going to stick with Le Siam. I would prefer that they were nicer and had better service at Le Siam - but the food is untouchable in comparison.

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Curry Dishes and Spring Rolls.

The restaurant seemed dirty.
There wasn't anyone else there but the two of us.
There wasn't an artistic approach in any manner whatsoever - both in decor, food presentation or preparation.
We Ordered Yellow Curry and Panang Curry and Spring Rolls.

The curries BOTH were extremely salty tasting.
The peanuts were a strange texture, they were rubbery.
The tofu in the springrolls was so hard and stiff that you couldnt chew it.
The spring roll wrap was stale tasting, can't explain.
There wasn't any real flavor to any of the dishes. They were very bland. They didnt have any chili sauce to add to anything to flavor.

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Thanks for the detailed info. When was this and do you mind me giving the feedback to Chad (owner) ?

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awe man...........See, now I feel bad. I dont want those sweet people to know that i didnt like their food. they were so nice to me.

I only went there on recommendation from here after seeing a post about Thai food and I wanted to share my opinion.

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now Im craving some Mussamon Curry..... thank goodness its lunch time!

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awe man...........See, now I feel bad. I dont want those sweet people to know that i didnt like their food. they were so nice to me.

I only went there on recommendation from here after seeing a post about Thai food and I wanted to share my opinion.
They are very sweet and kind, but also appreciate honesty too. If there's something they can do to make the food and customers happier, they'll do it, but they need to know what to do. I've given them plenty of feedback on things I enjoyed and things I didn't care for before... this is why I want to know when (lunch, dinner, day of week) so they can go back through their stuff and figure out how to improve things; whether it's a different perishable purchasing schedule, or someone else was in the kitchen instead of the regular, etc. They can't change anything if they don't know and the only way to know if via feedback.

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Bangkok Thai in DT Geneva owns all. Route 38 just a block west of the Fox River.
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Bangkok Thai in DT Geneva owns all. Route 38 just a block west of the Fox River.
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That place is awesome. Now I got a craving.... Thanks!!!

It's just past 31 on the north side of 38. Very easy to miss.

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Yep....thats the place. Genuine Thai hottie working the cash register and her 5 aunts and 2 grandmas manning the kitchen.
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Bangkok Thai in DT Geneva owns all. Route 38 just a block west of the Fox River.
Thanks for the recommendation. I need to head up that way sometime soon.

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They are very sweet and kind, but also appreciate honesty too. If there's something they can do to make the food and customers happier, they'll do it, but they need to know what to do. I've given them plenty of feedback on things I enjoyed and things I didn't care for before... this is why I want to know when (lunch, dinner, day of week) so they can go back through their stuff and figure out how to improve things; whether it's a different perishable purchasing schedule, or someone else was in the kitchen instead of the regular, etc. They can't change anything if they don't know and the only way to know if via feedback.
Its hard to say something is wrong when it is based off of taste and preference. If 20 other people like it and I don't then the restaurant is hitting a good target.
So here is my opinion of the experience:
The staff was lovely. Everyone was so very nice.
The spring rolls - There was no refinement here. It came out looking like your basic rolls with sauce and carrot shredds and a crudely chopped pepper to garnish. To break it down. The sauce to me had no flavor so it was just kinda a slimy topping. Like loose honey but without any sweetness. The rolls themselves... Well, there was no array of texture that I enjoy with spring rolls at other places. The marinated tofu seemed to be the only filling except for an occasional piece of cucumber. The tofu itself had an almost freezer burned taste to it and at times had a texture of overcooked and reheated steak. I found myself trying to use the limp, stringy carrot shreds so there would be something more. I finished the rolls by attempting to use the jalepeno pepper to add some sort of freshness.
Ok way too much detail.

The main curry dishes:
These are very basic dishes. Panang curry was green pepper, tofu, and sauce. Yellow curry was potatoes, tofu, and some peanuts here and there. I like yellow curry to be creamy and rich. It didn't come out that way. Like Cat said, both dishes were very very salty. The saltyness dulled any sense of other flavors. And again both dishes were missing a sort of freshness. It was all kinda like a dull frozen dinner.

Fresh foods is one of the main reasons I eat out as often as I do. Cat and I don't have time to shop every 3 days for fresh produce. And it kills me to keep throwing out the perishables when we can't consume them in time.
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awe man...........See, now I feel bad. I dont want those sweet people to know that i didnt like their food. they were so nice to me.

I only went there on recommendation from here after seeing a post about Thai food and I wanted to share my opinion.
I'm really sorry you had a bad experience.

Personally, I'll stick by them.

BTW, you need to ask for the pepper spice. It's not hot sauce but it rocks!

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