The end of last month brought a brand new restaurant to the Southern Tier, and it’s one that I’m actually pretty excited about!
It’s just been in the last couple years that I was introduced to – and fell in love with – Thai food. I’ve always been an avid Chinese food lover but Thai was a whole new ballgame for me, and I’m so glad I decided to step up to the plate. I was introduced to Thai food in Ithaca, at a restaurant called Thai Express. I had soup, Pad Thai, spring rolls, and fried bananas. Basically the starter kit for a Thai food newbie. I fell in love, and have wished there was a Thai food place in my own town ever since.
My wish was granted last month when Thai Asian 119 opened its doors!
I didn’t actually visit until a few weeks ago, but I’m sure I’m going to be back… many times. It’s located right in the heart of the village in Hanover Square, basically down the street from where I live. It has a very modern feel and was designed to attract a younger crowd. The colors are cool, but calm. There are ultra-modern light fixtures and a small bar near the front – that changes colors every few seconds.
When it comes to drinks off of the dinner menu, there’s everything from Sake, to wine, to beer and more. It’s a small drink menu, but it covers the bases with style. (Hazlitt’s popular wine Red Cat even makes an appearance!)
What’s interesting about this particular Thai restaurant is that it isn’t only Thai food at all. Half of the menu is traditional Hunan and Cantonese style Chinese food, and half is Thai. The restaurant employs two head chefs for this purpose; one that specializes in the Chinese food and the other in the Thai food. I think that’s a really neat business move and shows that this place is authentic – nothing but the real deal here!
My dinner companions and I ordered spring rolls and crab wontons for our appetizers, and they were divine. I’ve had my fair share of spring rolls as well as rangoons/wontons, and these were probably the best I’ve ever had of both. For my main course, I got my usual Pad Thai, (because I have to get my usual to see how it stacks up to other Thai places I’ve been to!) and they both got Yellow Curry. They said the curry was delicious, and I took a bite and had to agree. My Pad Thai was perfect as well, and it ties with my other favorite Pad Thai I’ve had down in Florida.
I’m really excited that a place like this has opened up finally in Horseheads, and even more excited that it’s merely a few minutes from where I live. I’m looking forward to trying out the Chinese side of this new restaurant and see how I like it, especially since my tongue knows Chinese food much better than Thai still. Also, I’m sure I’ll also be eating this at home sometimes, not just because of leftovers but because they deliver! Best thing ever.
For more information, you can visit Thai Asian 119’s Facebook page facebook.com/Thaiasian119.