Thaiger Thai Kitchen
851 N. San Mateo Dr. (near Peninsula Avenue)
San Mateo, CA 94401
Thaiger Thai Kitchen recently opened in San Mateo and focuses on high food with local and organic ingredients. Most of their business is takeout, but they do have some seating.
Cuisine – Thai
Location – San Mateo near Burlingame’s Car row.
Decor, Vibe – Thaiger Thai Kitchen is more of the to go place in a sit down place. They have about six tables for guests, including some outdoor seating. The decor is clean and modern. Their bathroom is only for employees.
Thaiger Thai Kitchen Menu focuses on their special combination meal deals which left you select the meat and 17 different cooking styles for only $7.75-$8.75. They also have some starters and chef special dishes.
Thai ice tea ($1.95) was good with some strong tea and lots of ice.
Chicken satay ($5.75) had four good sized skewers chock full of nice yellow colored tender chicken. Tangy Peanut sauce on the side.
Coconut soup with chicken ($3.75 cup) is an expensive soup but featured a hot and creamy broth filled with mushrooms and lots of chicken. Far superior to the combo meal soups.
Duck and pineapple red curry ($11.75) was a bowl of excellent Curry filled with very little duck, but more duck skin, and some chunks of pineapple. This dish really needs much more meat at such a high price. Rice is obviously mandatory.
Beef – BBQ style – Meal with no sides ($8.75) was a combo meal that we got Family Style, without sides or Rice, but with much more additional meat. The flavors were okay but not spectacular. It included a sweet-and-sour sauce.
Chicken pumpkin Curry meal ($7.75) with Egg roll, Thai samosa, soup, salad and garlic edamame included. This was the standout dish and value King of the evening. Lots of chicken, very good Curry, and lots of extras. The egg roll was crunchy and full of vegetables, while the Thai samosa was simple and filled with a bit of pumpkin. The soup was adequate, but nowhere as good as the ala cart soups.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Spicy lime soup with prawns ($3.75 cup) was not very spicy and included two very good prawns and some button mushrooms. We preferred their other soup.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Service – Thaiger Thai Kitchen takes your order and payment, and serves up the food and fairly short order, unless there are called in takeout orders ahead of you. They forgot one of our dishes, needed reminding, and took far too long to bring us our food.
Value – The combo meal deal is the best bet here.
Verdict – Thaiger Thai Kitchen serves up solid Thai food at reasonable prices. There focuses on takeout, making sit down dining less optimal.
Next door is Gourmet Corner, a cool French grocery store.