Great Thai in Greenwood

There are three perfect beverages in this world. Iced Thai tea is one of them. The tea — made from Ceylon tea leaves, condensed and evaporated milk, and sugar – is orange, and, when made correctly, tastes somewhere between milkshake, black tea, and heaven. After moving to Indianapolis I made it my quest to find a Thai restaurant not only with good food, but with great Thai tea.

thai spice greenwoodWhen I first moved, I was cautious with my restaurant choices around the city, especially with foods from other countries. I’m always suspicious when I go to a new city; there’s no telling what the best foods are to try in that particular area. But my trepidation flew out the window when I tried Thai Spice in Greenwood.

The large, open restaurant is welcoming for all types of eaters – the lunch and dinner crowds who want to spend a leisurely time trying new appetizers or curries, and carry-out orderers who are looking forward to the comforts of home and a delicious meal.

The menu is large and diverse enough that I had a hard time choosing just one entrée. Almost every meal comes with the option of chicken, tofu, beef or shrimp and the choice to keep the meal mild or extra spicy.

There are two primary signs to a good Thai restaurant for me: how quickly I finish my Thai tea, and how well it convinces me that I might like tofu. At Thai Spice, I had sucked down the entire glass of tea before my appetizers was brought out, not ten minutes after I ordered.

The appetizers could have made for a meal themselves. Both the shrimp rangoon and summer rolls are well worth trying. The rolls had all the freshness of summer, with juicy, light vegetables and a sweet, tangy sauce that perfectly complemented the shrimp I ordered in mine.

Nothing at Thai Spice disappoints, whether you’re in the mood for one of their curries, a fried rice, or noodles. The vegetables in each dish are obviously fresh, and the sauces are spiced to perfection and packed with flavor. In the Pad Kemau, the noodles are as fat as lasagna, and much more delicious. I’m a wuss, and I ordered my meals with medium spice, enough to give them some kick and make me sweat only a little, not too much. Medium still packed in plenty of flavor, so much that I can hardly imagine how hot the highest level of spice would be.

I ordered my noodles with tofu, always a gamble because I don’t usually like this jiggly substitute for meat.  But I’ve found that good Thai food can spice and cook tofu so well that I forget not to like it. The tofu at Thai Spice was this way, cooked and spiced so well that it convinced me maybe I should start ordering tofu more. The chicken and beef, particularly in fried rice, was just as good, according to friends.

Thai Spice offers some of the best Thai food I’ve had, and I’ll undoubtedly be frequently going back for more.

Thai Spice, located at 2220 E. County Line Rd., is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.