Enjoying Comfort Food, Thai-Style, at Njoy Thai

Categories: Local Spotlight

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Photos by Troy Fields
See more photos from Njoy Thai in our slideshow.
Tucked into the tiny space that once housed Fabio's -- long known as a purveyor of both fresh pasta and romantic dinners before it moved to West Alabama -- is newcomer Njoy Thai, the subject of this week's cafe review. There's no longer fresh pasta to be found here, as the family-run restaurant specializes in (you guessed it) Thai food. But there's a surprisingly romantic aspect to the cozy, comfortable dining room that's a welcome amenity here along Lower Westheimer.

Sure, you can get a romantic dinner at Feast -- across the street -- or fellow newcomer L'Olivier a few blocks down, but what Njoy also has going for it that makes the little restaurant unique is the fresh, inexpensive Thai-style comfort food it also offers. It's perfect for a low-key (and low-budget) date night, especially if you and your ladyfriend/manfriend cloister yourselves into the curtained cabana that sits in one corner of the dining room.

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On the other hand, it's not so overwhelmingly "date-y" that you can't have a nice, quick business lunch or a lingering dinner alone over a comforting plate of pad thai (the cuisine's answer to macaroni and cheese, in my opinion) without feeling like you crashed someone's romantic evening. It sounds like a lot of different aesthetics to pack into one restaurant, for sure, but at Njoy it all works.

Read more about Njoy Thai in this week's cafe review and take a tour of its dining room and kitchen for yourself in our slideshow.

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Location Info

Njoy Thai Restaurant

212 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fabio's

2129 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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4 comments
Jalapeno
Jalapeno

Did not enjoy my one visit.  The parking (or complete lack thereof) is bad, but the lack of freshness in the seafood dish was inexcusable.   

concannon
concannon

...and it's BYOB.

Which can prompt unspeakably naughty behavior in the curtained corner hive.

 

teuerfertig
teuerfertig

 @Jalapeno there is huge, free parking across the street, where Feast customers park. I found the seafood super fresh and not overcooked like a lot of Thai places. The larb was as good as anywhere. Suggestion: order what you want even if it's not on the menu---this guy can cook!

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

 @teuerfertig  @Jalapeno   May have been an off day, I'll try it again.  Not crazy about the sprint across Westheimer though.

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