If you’ve been to the Orem Wal-Mart very often, you’ve probably spotted this little Thai spot in the strip mall across the street. It’s been there for a long time, but this was my very first visit to Thai Evergreen.
When we arrived (my mother, myself, & Little Diner), I noticed three things immediately: 1) The place was sparsely decorated, but had bright blue walls, 2) The place was empty except for the couple who own the place and their toddler (and they were working away at the back table); and 3)There was a really odd, bad smell that we couldn’t place. The first thing didn’t bother me…there are a lot of great “hole-in-the-wall” places that aren’t well-decorated. But the second two things made me want to turn around and go back out the door we came in, but we didn’t.
Thai Evergreen has a variety of dishes on the menu including curries, noodles, soups, and their own homemade ice creams. Since we were there at lunchtime, we decided to try out the lunch specials. They have three lunch choices for $7.50 each ($7.99 if you want to include a drink). Each is served with white rice, two dumplings, and two entrees (Massaman Chicken Curry & Cashew Chicken/Teriyaki Chicken & Orange Chicken/Garlic Chicken & Beef Pepper Steak). We ordered the first two lunch specials.
Our food arrived in a timely manner with friendly service. The dumplings were average, but the entrees were very good. All the food arrived hot and seemed very fresh with lots of vegetables that were prepared perfectly. The Cashew Chicken had a lot of red & green bell peppers, pineapple, cilantro, and onions with an average amount of cashews. The Massaman Chicken Curry (one of my favorite Thai dishes) had a wonderful creamy-coconutty flavor with nice chunks of chicken, potatoes, & carrots.
The Orange Chicken had a fabulous fresh orange-tasting sauce with crispy fried pieces of chicken and little orange segments. The Teriyaki Chicken had a lot of vegetables including broccoli, onions, & carrots in a sweet sauce.
As we sat enjoying our food, we were grateful that three or four tables of people were seated which made our dining experience a little more comfortable. Some of the diners seemed like regulars while others were first-timers like us. There was also a person who stopped by to pick up take-out, which I think is probably the way to go with Thai Evergreen. The food was very good, but the atmosphere was not one we enjoyed…mostly because of the odd smell. It could be that the smell was a one-time thing, but I still think I’d tend to get take-out here instead.
Update (7/8/2012): The kids and I got takeout from Thai Evergreen. Phoning in the order was really easy and they said it would be ready in 10 minutes. We live close, so we hopped in the car & headed there and it was ready when we got there. Quick! I am happy to report that I didn’t notice the strange smell that bothered us on our first visit. New dishes we tried this time: Spring Rolls (filled with fresh vegetables & mint with a spicy pepper dipping sauce), Pad Thai (typical flavors, but done well), & Crispy Sweet & Sour Chicken (breading on the chicken was still crispy with a quite sweet sauce and lots of vegetables including red & green bell peppers, cucumber, celery, tomato, pineapple, cilantro, & green onion). The kids gobbled it up; Amazing & Sweet Diners loved the Sweet & Sour Chicken while Little Diner ate about 100 helpings of Pad Thai. They were begging to get takeout there again the next week.
Entrée Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 3.6
Mrs. Diner: 4
Amazing Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 3
Guest Diner: 3
Ratings updated 7/8/2012.