Scott Johnston Posted March 22, 2006 Share Posted March 22, 2006 I recently had dinner at Paya Thai (http://www.payathai.com) at 8417 Old Courthouse Road near the intersection of 123. Songbird is in the same shopping center. The location is a large one that was mostly empty the night we came. There is a large room with booths on either side and tables in the middle, a small bar area and a private room in the back. The service was good, the staff attentive to the basics of water and checking in on us regularly. We started with 3 appetizers. The Fresh Spring Roll was served warm, which threw up for a loop, we were expecting a summer roll. Once past that it was nicely done with a generous helping of fresh crab in the middle. The Kao Tang Na Tang (Prawn chips and dip) was a disappointment. The chips were pre-done (not fresh) and the coconut curry sauce lacked any depth. The green Papaya Salad was fresh and very tasty. We then started with some soup. Two of us had the Tom Ka Chicken that was good, but not outstanding with good heat. The Tom Yum Mushroom was very good, nicely spiced and flavorful. We tried the Sizzling Seafood entree that was in a tangy sauce. the beans and carrots could have been a bit more done, but the seafood was excellent. My only concern was that they used that strange squid that has multiple cuts on the side as opposed to fresh. We also had a Soft shell crab that was a bit too deep fried to taste and sort of got lost in the sauce. Final thought was that the food was good, maybe worth a return at another time. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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