Thai Orchid is an attractive restaurant, though it shares a wall with a fireworks shop. So, I assume it could get explosive over there. The wait staff is attentive and they all help out regardless of table assignment. To get a gauge of the place, the better half and I tried a curry and also the pad thai. Pretty standard fare, but I am a curry fanatic, so I have to give that a try at any new Thai place.
You start with a small dish of salad/slaw. It is in a perky rice vinegar dressing with crushed peanuts. Very tasty.
We got the red curry with chicken at medium-hot, and the pad thai also at medium hot. They offer 3 other levels higher than medium hot, and I found this heat level was barely registering. With the red curry, it was a very tasty broth, good balance of flavors, nice amount of chicken, and a good serving size. A very good curry, but not quite to the richness level that I most admire from Siam Square.
For the pad thai, it seemed overly sweet, and it also seemed like the amount of fish sauce was out of proportion with the dish. I don't rate noodle dishes exceptionally highly in general, but this was lower on the quality scale compared to most pad thai offerings in town. I also did not notice egg on this pad thai dish. I find that neither distressing nor pleasing, but... just noticeable. For Pad Thai, while not my favorite, I find the favorite offering to be from Jasmine on 96th.
The verdict: 3.5 belly rubs (out of 5). Good value and service, plenty of food, nice curry, a bit off on the pad thai.
While on this topic, I'll note my overall favorite Thai restaurants.
1. Siam Square
4. tied: Thai Orchid and Jasmine Thai
I just feel like Siam Square is so much better than the others, I need to build a buffer there and hope for more competition.