Noticeably friendly and inviting, even by gracious Thai standards, Nidda is an outpost of enjoyable and good value Thai food in the heart of Montrose. The fare here might not be quite as flavorful or as complex as the top Thai places in town, but most of the most popular Thai dishes are served in consistently satisfying fashion. The kitchen is steady and the service is affable and mature. The accompanying steamed rice will quickly be replenished when necessary.
The restaurant itself is comfortable, consisting of one quaint dining room that is made somewhat more intimate by its relatively low ceiling. The menu is divided among appetizers, soups, salads, fried rice, curries, seafood, noodles, vegetarian dishes, and ten or so “Chef Recommendations”, which, surprisingly, are not the most expensive items on the menu.
There are seven curries, including the ones you’ll find on most local menus: red, yellow, green, massaman (brown) and panang (and deep orange-ish, to continue the color scheme). The peanut-laden massaman is also served with pieces of sweet potatoes. Vegetables are well treated here. Even as supporting parts of a dish, the thick green beans, and red and green peppers will be properly very fresh and crisp, and plentiful. Sliced white Chicken and beef provide most of the meat choices, but pork is available in about a dozen of the dishes. Shrimp is, by far, the most common of the seafood choices, and there are a couple of squid dishes, and several with the clean-tasting, and price-friendly tilapia.
There are nearly a dozen good-sized lunch specials that are served with soft rolls and either a soup or salad, depending on the day of the week.
1226 Westheimer (west of Montrose) 77006
Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.
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