What: Pad Thai with Coconut Soup
Where: Charm Thai Cuisine – 1009 North Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City, GA 30269
Rating (1-5): 🌿🌿🌿
I cannot remember if I have said this before here, but Thai food is probably my least favorite cuisine. I can’t remember ever having bad Thai food. But I certainly don’t remember having an exciting dining experience with Thai food.
It should also be obvious, but I am a white woman from the Southern United States of America. I have not had authentic homemade Thai food before. I don’t even know much about the cuisine. And I have heard on multiple occasions a lot of Asian-based restaurants are traditionally much blander because Americans cannot handle the heat and spice of the real thing. That may all be true. I don’t know.
I have tried multiple Thai places back in Georgia and here in the Seattle area, and I have found the same thing every time: It fills me up, and then I just don’t think about it as anything interesting to have.
While I was still in Atlanta in August, my best friend offered to take me to a place called Charm. I let her know I’ve never been very impressed by Thai food, but that I wanted to give it a shot. It’s possible – even with the demographic – the Seattle area just isn’t getting it right.
What I can say about Charm is that I’m giving it 3 out of 5 for the rating, but that is not a knock against it! In all fairness, this was some of the better Thai food I have had. So coming from someone who doesn’t care too terribly much about the cuisine experience, I was still pretty impressed. I can get why my best friend and her roommates like to go here!
So, let’s talk about the food.
I ordered the Pad Thai and I got an option for a couple of different soups, so I chose the coconut soup. This soup had a surprising sourness to it, but I actually enjoyed that about it. The mushrooms in it weren’t overly cooked or soggy, and the broth was thick. Honestly, if I had had an entire bowl of that, it would have been too much. But the little cup-size of soup they had before the meal was an interesting way to kick-start your palette.
Second was the Pad Thai. The one thing I can appreciate about a Thai restaurant, in particular, is their love for noodle dishes. No matter the noodle, I love a good noodle dish. I just like the good full filling I get from it. It’s also why I’m obsessed with pasta, and it will bring me down one day.
This had a lot of veggies, the signature cooked eggs and noodles upon noodles upon noodles. The one thing that always made Thai food not stick with me for very long is the fact that often time it feels as though the food relies heavily on just the noodles to carry it all the way through – as if the protein or veggies are the after-thought. And a lot of restaurants that treat the dish this way never seem to even heavily-season the noodles. In some cases they just drown it in soy sauce.
I love soy sauce because I love salt, and I’m constantly weary of my sodium intake as a result. But soy sauce shouldn’t be the excuse for avoiding real seasonings and thought-out spices. Charm did the same thing more or less, but there was still a savory factor I enjoyed about the experience.
I also tried some of the sauces off to the side and added a bit of what I believe was a sweet garlic chili sauce to the dish which gave it a lot of the kick I had desired.
Overall, Charm is a nice place to get some food with friends or family. We went in the middle of the day, and there weren’t a lot of people around, so it was nice to feel like the service was more intimate. If you’re interested in Thai, definitely give them a go, and tell me what you think!