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Thai Drift in Orem UT – Awesome Thai Food!

So I guess I’m on a Thai kick or something 🙂 After writing my review of Thai Village yesterday, I was talking to a co-worker who REALLY loves Thai food. He said he has eaten at every Thai place in the valley, and the best he had found was a little place in Orem called Thai Drift. I’ve driven by it a hundred times, but for whatever reason I’d never been. So, I picked up my wife from work yesterday and off we went!

My first impressions were clean but small. Thai Drift was very stylish in atmosphere and decor, but there was only seating for 36, and with food this good, I bet it gets crowded. However, we got there at a great time, and were seated immediately.

The waiter was friendly and efficient, very polite. We sat in the corner, right next to a cool little water feature burbling in the background. The menus, like everything else, were elegant. We decided to start with an appetizer, and instead of our usual Chicken Satay, we got the Thai Dumplings ($5.99). There were 8 of them, fresh and crispy, served with a sweet and sour chili sauce that was tasty but no spicy.

For entrees, my wife got the Pad Thai, while I went with the Red Curry. One of these entrees could EASILY have fed two people, but we like variety, and my wife likes leftovers, so we always get two. Each entree was $8.99, about average for Thai food places in the area. The Pad Thai was delicious, though I felt the noodles were not quite soft enough. The tamarind flavor was subdued, and there was just a hint of chili powder, but it was not at all spicy.

The Red Curry was absolutely delicious, and I would say it ties with Thai Village in AF. I had beef in mine, but you also have the choice of chicken, pork or tofu. The sauce was delicious and creamy, and had just the right amount of curry spice. I stuffed myself, and still had enough left over for another meal, which is awesome!

For an appetizer and two entrees, our total was about $25 with tax, not too shabby. The food was delicious, and we will most definitely be back for more 🙂

You can view their menu and hours here: The Thai Drift

Directions below:

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at the G Restaurant in Orem

Update: G is now closed

In 2007 and 2008, my Valentine’s dinner has been at La Caille, an incredible 5 star restaurant in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Sandy, UT. The food there is absolutely fantastic, but very, very expensive. My bill both years was over $200 with tip.

So, for 2009, my wife and I decided to try something a little different. I have posted previously about the amazing G restaurant in Orem, Utah, my favorite place to eat for breakfast, lunch, and now dinner.The week before Valentine’s Day, G sent out an announcement that every week on Friday and Saturday, from 5-9pm, he would be doing fine dining at his restaurant.

It is a four course meal, including appetizer, salad, entree and dessert, all for only $18 per person. There is a menu with a wide variety of options (240 possible combinations, if my math serves me right).  For Valentine’s day there were 4 possible appetizers, 4 possible salads, 5 entrees and 3 desserts.

I chose the Italian Bruschetta for my appetizer, the Caesar salad, the New York steak with potatoes and veggies for my entree, and cheesecake with strawberry sauce for dessert. My wife had the stuffed mushrooms, a tomato mozzarella salad, grilled salmon with creamy rice and veggies, and the blueberry tart.

The portions were perhaps a hair small for my taste, but I left filled. The plating was perfectly done, making the visual experience almost as good as the actual eating. The timing between dishes was a little long, but not bad at all for their first weekend. I’ve waited longer at La Caille. The flavors of each dish complemented perfectly. Nothing clashed, and everything was delicious.

Chef G has shown his mastery of a wide variety of cooking styles, from provincial France to classic American, and there is absolutely no beating the incredible price.

Reservations are recommended, and can be obtained by calling 801-319-6874 or by visiting www.personalchefg.com.

I have eaten at a variety of 4 and 5 star, Zagat rated restaurants, and I would easily put G in that category. I highly recommend a fine dinner at G to anyone looking for 5 star taste on a 2 or 3 star budget (our bill was only $38 before tip).

As mentioned before, G in Orem is also open Monday-Friday from 6-9am for breakfast, and from 11am-2pm for lunch. Breakfast is made to order, $3.99, and lunch is served catering style for $6.50.

My compliments to the chef! Salud!

The “G” Spot in Orem – Utah Restaurants

UPDATE: G is now closed…sad :'(

I figured I should begin with a post that will allow those who stumble upon my own little Wonderland a glimpse into the mind behind the words. My name is Sam, yes Sam I Am, and I do indeed like green eggs and ham, not to mention exotic cars, movies, books, video games, and food. I also happen to like a cozy little spot called “g”.

Located at 70 North Geneva Road in Orem, UT, “g” is a fantastic little restaurant. Out of the way, and frequented by those in the know, the “g” is open Monday – Friday, from 11am to I’m not actually sure when. Lunch is always $6.50, and includes a roll, salad, a side or three, and a main course. The menu changes every week, and is available by visiting their website. Drinks are $1 extra, and dessert if you so desire is $1.50.

The food is fantastic! I’ve yet to have anything I that wasn’t delicious, and who can argue with such an incredible price? So far, I’ve had the Parmesan Chicken and Spinach Alfredo, the Sirloin Steak, and most recently the Thanksgiving Turkey Feast. So what’s the deal? $6.50? For real?

As it turns out, the wizard behind the curtain is Guillermo Cruz. He runs a catering business in the evenings, but found he was bored during the day and wanted to cook more, so he gutted the lower level of an older house, and turned it into a cozy spot for lunch. I’d get there early, as the place gets busy after noon.

The weekly menu is now available at PersonalChefG.com. You can also receive it by sending an email to personalchefg@gmail.com with the subject line Add to Menu Mailing List.

For those who love food as much as I do and are looking for a delicious Utah restaurant, be sure to check out the “g” spot 🙂

UPDATE: I’ve been here probably 40 times since my original posting, have had something different almost every time I’ve been, and have yet to have anything that wasn’t absolutely fantastic. The stuffed steak is one of my favorites. The best I’ve had so far is an Argentinian dish of shredded beef, beans, rice and fried plantains. Delicious!

G also offers a frequent diner card – Buy 9 meals, get 1 free.

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