Dined December 23, 2006
There is a cluster of restaurants on Pearl Street in La Jolla, California that are reasonably priced for people like myself. Chinese, Morrocan, Mexican and Thai plus crepes, pizza and a bagel place are all within a few blocks of each other. On Saturday, December 23 Jan and I stopped at the Royal Thai Cuisine for lunch.
In the past we had eaten the weekday lunch specials, but that was not on the menu so we ordered Tom Ka coconut soup ($7.95 for 2) and Pad Thai with Shrimp ($8.95); Jan had Thai Iced Tea as well. The soup was not to our taste; there are two San Francisco restaurants, both on Haight Street, that we think excel in this particular dish. Royal Thai's version was two salty and the chicken was dry, as if it had been dropped into the soup just before serving. Still, even imperfect, this soup is a treat.
I am not a Pad Thai fan but thought this version was above average with good quantities of tasty, saucy noodles and very nice shrimp and grilled tofu. Jan was dissappointed because it did not have peanut bits on top and was served without a lime slice.
In the spectrum of Thai restaurants I have sampled, I rate Royal Thai Cuisine on Blvd in La Jolla as about average, based on this and prior meals.