Working in the San Gabriel Valley, specifically West Covina, has definitely expanded my dining palette.
Even on the weekends, I find myself craving Japanese or Thai food, and one day I finally had to search for a Thai restaurant in my city of Montebello.
I’ve shopped in this shopping center plenty of times, my bank is even nearby, but I never really paid attention to Modern Thai next to the post office and CVS in the Montebello Plaza Shopping Center before.
I found about it online (go figure) and dragged my boyfriend in on a night when he wasn’t in the mood for cooking.
This would have been my boyfriend’s first time trying Thai food but I, on the other hand, had plenty to compare it to.
To get a good comparison, I ordered the Tom Kha Gai soup ($5 for bowl), a spicy coconut cream soup with chicken and mushroom, and the Chicken Pad Thai ($8) noodles.
We also ordered the Spicy Basil dish with beef stir-fried with chili garlic sauce and basil leaves ($8), and a side of steamed jasmine white rice ($1).
The first thing that caught me off guard was the way all the chicken was cut. It’s like they tried to slice them any way they could to use every part of the chicken. They were good size portions but they were a little dry in the noodle dish.
The soup was spicier than I’m used to but very tasty with big pieces of mushroom.
The Pad Thai was not spicy and a little disappointing. It didn’t have as much flavor as other Pad Thai I have tasted and the chicken didn’t help much.
The best dish was the Spicy Basil. It had the right amount of spice and meat and I actually scooped up some of the sauce to mix in to the Pad Thai.
I went back another time for take-out and thought I would try a starter this time.
I ordered the calamari wonder ($7), which is pretty much fried calamari with sweet and sour sauce, to start with, and King’s Curry ($9) for a main dish.
The calamari reminded me of popcorn shrimp from its size and the fried batter. They were decent but heavier on the grease and not on the flavor. The sauce didn’t help much.
The King’s Curry is shrimp and green beans sauteed in a sweet and spicy King’s curry sauce.
The amount of shrimp in the dish was perfect and they were perfectly cooked. The green beans were a perfect combination with the shrimp and the spicy sauce brought it all together. This has been my favorite dish here so far.
The Thai iced tea ($2.50) is also one of my favorites. It doesn’t have that coffee taste and is not too sweet.
The restaurant is at 2557 Via Campo in Montebello. They are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Lunch specials and catering is available, as well as free delivery within three miles. For to-go orders, call 626-724-9245.