Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Thai Nakorn Burned Down

Thai Nakorn, at 12532 Garden Grove Blvd. in Garden Grove, burned down around 2 a.m. Monday morning. About 40 firefighters worked to put out the blaze but it was a total loss. No cause has been determined. Read the Orange County Register's brief article here.

Thai Nakorn has been an around for 20 years and is regarded by many as Orange County's best Thai restaurant. Thai Nakorn specialized in the Isaan (Northern Thai) style of cooking with its pungent flavors of garlic, lime, and ground rice. I've never encountered a dish I didn't like.

I was introduced to Thai Nakorn when it expanded to its current location in Garden Grove about three years ago. The Register had done a pretty complimentary review with one glaring problem. The reviewer thought the number of stars after each dish indicated what the restaurant rated their own dishes. I was appalled. Apparently the spiciness quotient didn't give the reviewer a clue either. And this line made it through an editor and copyeditor to eventually come out in print.

And that's why we need food bloggers.

Thai Nakorn's loss will be mourned. I hope they can rebuild.

Read Elmo of Monster Munching's review here. For now, it'll have to serve as a tribute until Thai Nakorn can either relocate or reopen.

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Comments on "Thai Nakorn Burned Down"

Blogger Julian Hsu said ... (January 9, 2007 at 9:48 AM) : 

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake me from this horrible nightmare. What kind of a world do we live in where Restaurant X (who shall remain nameless) stands unscathed, and Thai Nakorn of all places burns down?

Is there no such thing as food karma?

We'll miss the place (dang, I wish I'd insisted more strongly that we eat there this past weekend).

Blogger Chubbypanda said ... (January 9, 2007 at 10:14 AM) : 

It's a dark day. Thanks for putting this up, WC.

- Chubbypanda

Blogger Wandering Chopsticks said ... (January 9, 2007 at 4:51 PM) : 

Hi Julian, CP,
Let's all hope Thai Nakorn will come back better than ever.

Blogger googiemel said ... (January 12, 2007 at 1:08 PM) : 

i was telling my boyfriend that we should try eating here just last week. he shied away because he wasn't sure about thai food and i wasn't in a "mood" to convince him how good it is.

now i don't know if i'll ever get the chance. :[

Blogger crazymanoftaberd said ... (January 14, 2007 at 7:26 PM) : 

I was just there last Saturday. It is a terrible loss. They will rebuild.

Blogger Wandering Chopsticks said ... (January 16, 2007 at 8:31 PM) : 

Hi Googie Mel,
Just one more reminder not to put things off.

Hi Crazymanoftaberd,
We're all keeping our fingers crossed.

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