If you’ve been considering trying Burmese cuisine but aren’t so keen on traveling to Buffalo’s West Side, you might consider Thai House in Depew (5246 Transit Road, 601-7865, www.depewthaihouse.com).
It’s not a fancy place by any means, a little spot hidden amid commercial buildings across the street from Depew High School. But folks who have been turned on to Burmese cuisine’s combination of Thai and Indian influences, by traveling to Sun Restaurant Buffalo on Niagara Street, report that Thai House has its own cast of Burmese dishes worth trying.
Actually, the chef-owner at Thai House is a Burmese chef who used to cook at Sun Restaurant Buffalo before opening his own place this summer, said server Tala Mon. Which would explain the glowing reports of its ohno koksware, or coconut chicken curry soup with noodles and hardboiled egg ($7.50). The complete menu is online, with photographs and lunch specials.
(Hat tip to Peter Gonciarz.)
Expanded: Another Thai option that’s even newer is Yummy Thai (914 Kenmore Ave., yummythairestaurant.com, 877-4959), which opened Dec. 9.
Formerly a location of the Jacobi’s Italian Restaurant group, it’s now the second store for owner Chaw Khaing, who opened Yummy Thai on Webster Street in North Tonawanda in 2010. That restaurant will remain open, Khaing said.
“We want to be convenient to our customers from the Buffalo area,” said Khaing. “We have a lot of customers in this area as well as North Tonawanda.”
Both restaurants will have the same menu, except the Kenmore Avenue site can’t offer beer and wine yet, she said.
Growing: The Irishman Pub, 5601 Main St., Williamsville, plans to reopen by February after adding a party space for private gatherings or business meetings. The 3,000-square-foot addition will add about 80 dining seats, said Maria MacPeek, general manager. “We found a lot of people in this area wanted to have large parties with an Irish theme, milestone birthdays or first communions, things like that,” MacPeek said. “We were too busy to accommodate them, but with the new space we’ll be able to do that.” Kitchen and bathrooms are being expanded as well.
The new space should be unveiled by early February, she said, “definitely before St. Patrick’s Day.”