One rare day, two of my co-workers extended me an invitation to the Thai House, including me in their coveted lunch time.
The Thai House has been mentioned around the office before and appears to be Jackson’s best bet at authentic Thai food. I happily agreed to come along for the company and opportunity to cross another restaurant off my list.
We piled into my car and headed there one Friday afternoon.
Once stepping through the door you will notice a buffet to the left, cash register in the middle, and thick wood tables and chairs scattered around the dining room on both sides. We sat down for second, I glanced at the menu, but then we promptly made our way to the lunch buffet.
Usually I avoid buffets at all costs; they promote over eating, I never feel like I get my moneys worth, and the food isn’t as fresh (unless you catch them refilling a dish). On the contrary, a buffet is a good way to sample a number of dishes, which is why I gave in that day.
For a buffet it has a small number of options: 5-6 dishes on each side, fried appetizers down the middle, sauces on the end, and one soup (probably tom kha). I loaded up and sat down, not knowing what was what for the most part. I could identify the pad thai, some sort of coconut curry dish, stir fried string beans, and egg rolls. Otherwise the dish selections are a guessing game because there are no labels. As a nice gesture, the spicy entrees have labels warning you of their heat. One friend plowed right through those warnings and enjoyed his meal sweating in his seat.
The best I can say is that the food is decent, but I hesitate to fully judge a restaurant by the buffet. We did catch a fresh batch of pad thai topped with plump shrimp coming out of the kitchen, which was worth the second helping. Everything was good, but nothing stood out or was memorable. The lunch buffet was around $10 without a drink.
Thai House deserves another visit, but next time I will order off the menu and maybe opt for coconut ice cream for dessert. Until then, I’ll have to figure out how to finagle another invitation.
1405 Old Square Rd
Jackson, MS 39211