If you ever wondered how far you would go to try good food, then try Thai X-ing’s reservation system. You call to make a reservation, which I ended having to leave a voicemail the first time resulting in phone tag for about two more go-rounds with the restaurant before receiving a confirmation. Now most people would have given up by this point, but not “Miss Has to Have What She Wants When She Wants It”. I was intrigued. After the lady confirmed my reservation for three, I looked forward to what many have raved about as some of the best Thai food in the Nation’s Capitol. They were absolutely right because this is some of the best, if not the best, Thai food in the District.
Thai X-ing has it down pat with the allure through mystery where reservations are some of the most coveted and the barely there hidden sign will literally have you lost when you could be standing right in front of the place. Once you get past all the red tape, you are in for a two+ hour journey of bliss. While you sip on your own bottle of red or favorite beer (*that’s right, the place is BYOB), you are brought out multiple courses of Thailand’s home grown dishes.
Set in the row house, the restaurant offers an extremely intimate setting to cozy up with your other half over drunken noodles and mango sticky rice. Since I was there as a part of a birthday gift to me with a couple of friends, I would also suggest this for a celebration among a group of friends. Please forgive the photos, the casual and dimly lit atmosphere did not do much for photos but I still had to share my fixings with you.
If you know me personally, you know that I will almost never, ever opt for or suggest Thai food for dinner. Now I know why: I had not been to the right place. Thai food has to be done exactly right for me which means the seasonings have to blend into the perfect balance. In Thai food this balance can be to know when to stop with the lemongrass and where to add the Thai basil. Sadly not enough places know how to do this leaving me with the option of getting through Thai X-ing’s red tape of a reservation system or foregoing my craving for Thai coconut milk soup. I am up for the challenge. This place is worth the wait.