Restaurant: Ros Yi Nom, CA, Livermore
Delivery service used: DoorDash
Date ordered: 4th May, 2020
- Chicken Satay – $10.00 – 9.8/10
- Pad See Ew Chicken – $12.50 – 9/10
- Pad Thai Beef – $11.95 – 6.5/10
Portion sizes: Very good! The mains lasted Jacky 2 meals and lasted me 3 (though I was trying to eat smaller portions in general).
Flavour: Let’s talk about that chicken satay. We were craving chicken satay and honestly I was a little overwhelmed by the number of restaurants offering chicken satay on DoorDash, with varying prices and no information about portion size.
I then checked on Yelp and this was the first Thai restaurant with a full 5 stars and a bunch of reviews, the first of which was praising its chicken satay as the best she’d ever had and that was enough to pique my interest.
The prices were reasonable, though I considered $10 for 4 skewers a little steep, but the hope was that the taste would be worth it. And oh boy, was it worth it!
Juicy, succulent, tender chicken – seasoned perfectly with a mild spice rub, accompanied by nutty, creamy, sweet with the perfect amount of tang satay sauce. This is the mother of all chicken satays, I’m telling you. When I think of chicken satay, that sauce is exactly how I’d imagine it to taste.
It also comes with a mini sweet/pickled cucumber, sweet pepper and red onion salad. This flavour combo was a pleasant surprise and I really enjoyed it.
Jacky immediately suggested we just go back for more chicken satay hahaha. And, to be honest, while the size of those skewers is substantial, I have to admit I still find $10 + tax & tip & delivery fee for 4 skewers a bit difficult to swallow.
I suppose it’s a good thing they aren’t any more affordable otherwise Jacky and I would really be eating them daily. Anyway, after singing allll those praises, why isn’t it a 10/10? I suppose I’m leaving the 0.2 for when we finally visit Thailand one day and I find the same dish except this time I’m sitting on a sandy beach sipping something cool instead of being locked up indoors heh heh heh. A girl can dream, right?
Aside from the chicken satay, I really enjoyed my Chicken Pad See Ew. It turns out this place does chicken reaaaally well, which totally works for me because it’s my protein of choice (next to egg and tofu). This dish was also not lacking in the flavour department, and reheated well. I also loved the greens and asparagus and carrots! I’m a huge veg fan so this was a win in my books.
Unfortunately, we didn’t love the Pad Thai. I personally found it a bit too sharp/sour for my liking as well as generally dry, and the beef was chewy and dry (it actually softened a little after we put it in the microwave for dinner but didn’t make it taste any better). I feel like it would have benefitted from a little less vinegar, and maybe a bucket of satay sauce. If ordering Pad Thai again, we’d probably try somewhere else or try it with chicken.
Value for money: 9/10
Yes, I’m mopey about the chicken satay being $10 and not $7.50, okay? Or at least give us 5 skewers? I don’t know. If the chicken satay portion was larger, it’d be a 10/10.
I also just realised that this place does free delivery over $30 if you order from their website! Well, I guess I’ve learned my lesson: always check for free delivery from the restaurant itself before you order from DoorDash. Best way to get cheaper delivery and directly support your local businesses.
Other: They packaged the food well so that it still arrived hot, which I really appreciate. The paper boxes were beginning to warp from the heat of the food within but I do like that they used paper rather than plastic.
Would re-order: 10/10. Even if just for that chicken satay… Mmmmm…
(Edit: we literally just re-ordered as I was typing this review. Ha. We’re trying the Khao Pad Gai Tod instead of the Pad Thai this time.)