3450 Kildaire Farm Rd #150
Cary, NC 27518
Most people were on holiday the last week of December but lucky for me I had some great coworkers in the office that know I love Thai food and obliged to going with me to Thai Lotus. This sweet little restaurant in Cary may not be very well known but it sure packs a lot of flavor. Right next to a Wake Tech campus and a Publix it’s in a convenient location, with great prices, and a varied menu.
The first thing we tried were the Pot Stickers ($7.00). These are fried dumplings with pork and veggies served with a red curry sauce. Six come in an order so they are perfect for sharing. If you are a fan of spicy you can also ask for their Thai spicy red sauce on the side.
I ordered the Spicy Catfish ($10.00). Catfish fillets and fresh ginger, with ginger sauce served on lettuce topped with fresh ginger and scallions. This was a good dish and I’m not even that huge of a fan of seafood! If you don’t like ginger just make sure not to eat the fresh strips, you can’t really taste the ginger in the sauce. The fish was cooked to a crispy perfection and the sauce didn’t make it soggy. Eating the catfish with the rice also balances out the sauce.
One of my coworkers ordered the Yellow Chicken Curry ($14.00), which is on the dinner menu, but you can order it during lunch. This was a great portion for a lunch meal though it is on the dinner menu. The veggies in the dish are not overcooked and the coconut in the curry was the right balance of flavors.
The last thing we tried was the Pad Thai (Chicken $9.00 Beef $12.00). This dish is perfect for someone that is trying new things and is a little hesitant. Pad Thai is a rice noodle dish made with eggs and some veggies, topped with peanuts. If you are vegetarian or vegan ask for no fish sauce in the making of yours.
Thai Lotus is very accommodating to whatever you want. You can order any of their meals with a variety of spice levels. The highest I have tried is medium, which was just right for me (just enough to not have to stop eating). If you have any questions about the menu I suggest asking the waiter. Our waitress was very quiet and shy but overall, she did her job well. We visited at noon and it was rather quiet but it did start picking up closer to one. If you want to try Thai food and haven’t gotten a chance to or are nervous to try, this is a great place to go for a quick bite.
Tatiana Amador is a native North Carolinian with Honduran roots. While attending Campbell University she found a passion for exploring new restaurants. Since her recent move to Raleigh her free time is either spent walking the trails at NCMA or taking pictures of her food during brunch. You can follow her story on Instagram @timewithtati or www.timewithtati.wordpress.com