Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of another community, on Jan 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm
Max Hauser is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Thanks for an in-depth review of this delightful restaurant. After several visits I'm impressed with the exuberant use of fresh vegetables and the different, Cambodian slant of some of the menu. Cambodia has a far older culture and cuisine than Thailand, and you can see its influence at Tommy Thai, even in versions of popular Thai dishes incorporating non-Thai touches, like black pepper in the Pad Khee Mow.
In a region with many Thai restaurants (often actually with Vietnamese cooks or owners), Tommy Thai is not just another Thai restaurant, and is worthwhile even for its Cambodian specialties alone.
It's a place for good values too in my experience. As noted above, lunch specials were $7 -- rice INCLUDED, in fact, for most of 2012 (unless you ordered the brown rice option), per menu copy I have at hand. It's among several notable MV restaurants that offered good under-$8 lunches at that time (most of them unfortunately omitted from the MV Voice's August 10, 2012 eating-out feature on that subject).
Currently Tommy Thai's lunch specials have risen to $9, including rice, but remain good values I think.