The first item in our order to arrive was the soup. Now we ordered a small Seafood soup($6.95). However what came out was a large Shrimp soup($7.75). I was a little peeved that the waiter didn't tell us of the deliberate change and charged us for the later soup. At least tell us that you can't make former soup!?!? This caused later contention over the bill. I'm really not a cheap person (I tipped 25% on a bill for my alterations a week ago... my guy thought it was too much but the work looked incredibly professional and I looked great in the pieces so I wanted to show my appreciation) but there are some basic things I look for when I eat out. I don't expect service fit for royalty in a family run restaurant but I do expect to get what I order or be notified if it isn't available ... not to be given something and have me figure out that it really isn't what I ordered at all. Sorry for the rant but aside from that the broth was very flavorful- a nice medley of sweet, sour, salty. The shrimp was large, plump, sweet and plentiful. The one thing I'd change in this soup is the monstrous amount of sliced mushrooms you can see floating atop the soup. It got a little mundane eating mouthfuls of the mushrooms, another ingredient would have been nice. Perhaps some sliced tomatoes or bac ha( I don't know the English name but its a spongy plant that looks similar to the taro plant).
The next item to arrive was the Panang chicken curry ($6.50). It was rich, conconut-y and spicy. The perfect accompaniment to steamy bowl of jasmine rice. The chicken was tender and the vegetable chunks were also cooked perfectly.
The final dish was the fried tilapia ($6.50). This fish was fried to perfection.. even the bones in fins could be eaten. The meat was tender, sweet and could be easily scraped off the skeleton with the provided spoon. It came with a fragrant spicy fish sauce dip. We couldn't get enough of this dip and smothered the pieces of fish with it.
When we were done, it took forever for the waiter to collect the bill so I walked up to the register to pay the bill and ended scrounging around the back for a take out box. There were several unhappy dine-in and take out customers frustrated with the long wait but I suppose they were happy enough with the quality of the food to come back.
So like I said... service could use some major improvement but the food was terrific.
West Covina Thai Cuisine
106 N. Grand Ave.
West Covina, CA 91791
open daily 11am-10pm