When the Mrs. said she was going to grab lunch at Veranda, and did I want anything to take away, I stayed true to form and ordered the Drunken Noodle with Chicken. Their version of the dish is the standard by which I've been measuring every other one of the variations I've had so far. And, so far, no one has compared. Because that singular dish is the embodiment of my Thai comfort food, and because they do it so well, I can only say that Veranda is my sentimental favorite of the pack.
It's saucy and spicy and they are more than generous with the chicken and Thai basil. One different twist in it, and by different I really mean puzzling, is the addition of pineapple chunks. While a welcomed compliment to the chili pepper in the dish, it's honestly the only time, so far, I've seen it added in. I'm always on the fence about it, and know I could order without it, but sometimes I do enjoy it. I'm curious to see if any of the other bloggers mention it in their reviews.
Other than that, I've got nothing. So, to fill in the void of what should be a proper review, I've compiled a list of dishes that have become standard for us at Veranda. Their menu can be located over here.
Veranda Thai is located at 9 Veranda Street in Portland, just off exit 8 on 295--it's worth the trip.
- Veranda Thai Dumpling(6) $5.95
Grounded pork and shrimp specially prepared and wrap with wonton skin. Served with ginger sauce
- Crab Rangoon (6) $5.95
Crab meat with cream cheese wrapped in crispy wonton skins. Served with sweet & sour sauce
- Crunchy Thai Veggie Roll (2) $3.95
Deep-fried stuffed spring rolls with carrots, cabbage, black mushroom, scallion, and clear noodles served with sweet & sour sauce
- Chicken Tom Yum, $3.50 $6.95
- Thai Radnar
Sauteed with veggie combo poured over flat noodle stir fry with egg
- Drunken Noodle
Combination of vegetables pan fried with flat rice noodles in drunken sauce
- Masaman Curry,
Pineapple, onion, potato, carrot, bamboo shoot, basil leave, chopped peanut in coconut milk with masaman curry
- B.B.Q. Pork Chop or Grilled Chicken $9.95
Marinated Vietnamese style served over Jasmine steamed rice with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, diced cucumber and a special fish sauce set a side