Restaurant Review – Charm

$        Dollar Factor
***    Taste Factor

Today’s lunch was a return visit  to Charm Thai Cuisine – a quaint little Thai restaurant tucked away into the corner of a new strip mall located at   5805 NW 50th Street in Oklahoma City.

Outside

The owners also own New Sala Thai and Little Sala Thai restaurants in Oklahoma City as well.

Upon entering the tiny dining room, one is pleasantly surprised by the warm, hip, Asian-modern decor.

Inside

You will be warmly greeted by one of the 2 or 3 employees working who will seat you at one of the small tables.  I think I counted 8 total tables in the dining area.

I highly recommend not sitting at the tables with stools.  They’re too tall for the table and pretty uncomfortable to sit at for the course of a  meal with your knees all scrunched up sideways under the table. Ask to sit at a table with chairs. Unless, of course, you prefer to eat your knees with your meal.

Like Sala Thai, the menu has a large selection, varying from Appetizers, Soups, Chicken, Curry, Beef, Seafood, Salad, Rice and Noodle dishes.  One complaint I have every time I go into Charm, is I can’t decide!

I want to try some of the interesting flavors I haven’t had in my Thai food experience – like one of their Signature Dishes that has chicken, sour mustard green, cabbage and cinnamon.  Cinnamon? What’s up with that?

Or how about Ginger Fish?  Steamed fish with ginger and wine. Or how about this Appetizer?  Karee Puffs – Golden brown soft and crispy croissant bread filled with minced chicken, snow pea, potato, carrot with house special sauce?

Today I opted for the Thai Spring Rolls ($3.95) – chicken, mixed vegetables, glass noodles, and deep fried.  A little pricey for 2 small spring rolls in comparison to other places I think.

springrolls

The rolls were crispy, fresh and hot and the filling was good.  The sauce was a typical Thai dipping sauce usually made of lime juice, sugar and fish sauce.  I added a little chili to mine as I like the spice.

I ordered the Thai Basil Chicken ($7.95), which is usually one of my favorite dishes.

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This dish didn’t disappoint me.  The vegetables were cooked to a perfect crisp tenderness.  The sauce was  deep, rich and spicy with a touch of sweetness.

All dishes come with a side of rice they serve wrapped up and stuffed into a little wicker basket with lid.

rice

My friend Mary ordered the Chicken Rama, and the sauce was amazing.  It is their signature sauce.  We came back to work and tried to do a search on a recipe and came up with nothing similar.  It’s like a spicy sweet and sour sauce but with some savory in it as well. You can get a take out container (small) of this sauce for $1.50.  Guess what I was carrying while walking out to my car? Maybe I can analyze it and figure it out!

I’ve heard from others that the Crab Rangoon appetizer  is the best they’ve had.

All in all, I think Charm is a keeper.  My only complaint is that they don’t have a lunch-special menu, and for lunch, the entrees, at an average of $8-$9 is kind of steep when you add in a drink and a tip.  At these prices, I wouldn’t complain about dinner, but for lunch, it’s more than I typically like to pay.

Try Charm today – if you love Thai food, you will love it!

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5 responses to “Restaurant Review – Charm

  1. Matthew

    Charm is expensive but I’d rather spend my money on something I know is consistently good. I’ve gone to charm so often that everyone there knows who I am. Their food is bar none delicious every single dish i have tried is beyond what i expected the appetizers are to expensive but again taste to me is everything i wouldnt go around eating something i thought tasted nasty let alone spend money on it. Either way if you want great food from great people go to charm but be open minded and have an open wallet because you will need it.

  2. I love Thai food. A friend and I went out last week to the 1 Thai place in town (neither of our husbands will even try it, they’re crazy).

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  4. Nice review. I agree — food and decor are good, but pricing is high and with no lunch specials or lunch menu, I’m not likely to go back very often.

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