I could write a great review of Simply Thai. I really could. If I had tragically died in a car wreck right after I ate there, I could have died with a full belly and a smile about the exquisite cuisine I had just sampled. I could have perhaps been writing an extremely eloquent text message about the lingering hint of ginger pineapple sauce, or the heaped noodles with onion and chicken. However, I am still alive, and Simply Thai gave me such bad food poisoning I will NEVER go back.
I visited Simply Thai, on Lexington Road, after my first day at a new job with my sister and dear friend Allison. The service was good, the atmosphere was great, and the place was hopping on a monday night. My sister and Allison both ordered fully cooked pad thai, which was delectable (and for the record, neither of them got sick). I just had to be my usual adventurous self and order Tod Mun Moo, little minced pork cakes with amazing sauce. I had also noticed a special, a roll of chopped shrimp and pork inside a pepper deep fried. Following my usual love of everything deep fried, I ordered it. And to my shame, I ate the whole thing despite the fact it tastes…a little off. JUST a little. I reasoned that perhaps Thai food was supposed to taste this way. I WAS WRONG.
It made me sick. It made me so sick I could barely get out of bed to run upstairs and puke my guts out a few hours later. I KNOW my body. I know what makes me sick. And I’ve had food poisoning before (after the horrible ice storm, and making the equally horrible decision to eat seafood at a Mexican place during the ice storm) so I know what it feels like. I’m pretty sure my stomach is made of cast iron; stuff that makes other people ralph up their guts doesn’t even phase me. Because I’m almost never sick, I am a huge baby when I am sick. I woke up my mom at four in the morning to feed me saltines and water and comfort me.
I’m also a workaholic with a new job that I love, but I was so incredibly stressed about missing the second day of my new job without my trainer it made it worse. I laid on the floor of my bathroom, the room spinning around me, thinking frantically about how I was going to get everything done feeling like this. I loaded up my poor broken little body with enough caffiene to kill a cow and spent the day cursing Simply Thai. To their credit, I did call the restaurant and beg the manager to pull the special, and he was absolutely kind about it.
I wanted to love this place. But really, isn’t food poisoning the worst thing that can possible happen after a visit to a restaurant? I debated talking about this, I’m sure I’ll get some serious heat, but at this point, who cares. I got sick. It was delicious food at a nice place, but somebody left it out too long, or didn’t wash their hands. I will I could stomach the thought of going back to give it another shot, but the very hint of that makes my stomach turn. I did, however, lose five pounds in three days that has magically stayed off my rear end.
So I guess, thanks Simply Thai. You broke me out of my weight loss plateau and I lost five pounds in two days.