The first question I have that really has nothing to do with this review is this...Why do Thai restaurants feel that they have to put the word "Thai" in their names for people to know they are a Thai restaurant. Anyway...just a pet peeve I think.
Neisha Thai just moved in last month up the street from us on Wisconsin Ave by the new Best Buy. To be honest, when we first saw that a Thai place was moving in, we were disappointed. The last thing this area needed was another Thai place. But at least another mattress store didn't move in. Jandara is right down the street and I know that eventually Jandara will shut down because Neisha will steal all of their business. Then we'll have another empty building in the neighborhood that the asinine neighborhood associations won't allow to be filled (see this article). Seriously, don't people have anything better to do with their time? Rant over, back to the review.
So Amy and I walked up to Neisha last Sunday to try it. We were dressed pretty casual and so was everyone else. Looking around I saw a lot of AU students and other people from the area. The restaurant is designed well with two levels, so there is plenty of seating. We sat at the small bar while we waited and ordered a couple beers until the hostess took us downstairs when the table was ready. It was prime dinner hours and there was only a 10 minute wait.
Looking at the menu, Amy's first thought was, "Looks like another Tara Thai clone." I was thinking the same thing. The menu had all the standard Thai dishes that every other Thai restaurant has in the area - they might be named slightly different, but they are the same.
We ordered the Kanom Jeeb to start. It tasted just like any other Kanom Jeeb we had ever had, but it was good. Amy got a little bit of shell in one of the dumplings she ate (ick), but at least that is a sign that they are using fresh crab meat to make them (sarcasm).
For entrees, I branched out a bit and ordered the Pla Dadd Deow, which is pan-fried breaded Tilapia sprinkled with shredded apple, red onion and scallion. It also came with a lime sauce on the side. It was the one dish on the menu I have not seen at every other Thai place. I have to say it was quite good. All the flavors mixed together very well and the lime sauce mixed with the sweet breading gave it a sweet and sour flavor. When I say sweet and sour, I in no way mean the abominable sweat and sour sauce you get at most Chinese restaurants. Amy ordered the Emerald Pork. She was not nearly as happy with her dish as I was with mine. Later, when I read the Posts review, I found that they agreed with our findings. The seafood dishes are good, but the pork, chicken and beef dishes leave you wishing you had ordered a seafood dish.
We skipped dessert, although we saw one of the wait staff bring out a flaming drink that tipped my curiosity. However, we were tired after a long day of running errands and decided to just get some coffee at the Starbucks on the way home. The bill was very reasonable - around $50 after tip for two beers, two entrees and an appetizer.
In summary, I'd say that if you are in the area and in the mood for Thai food, Neisha is worth trying. I wouldn't go making any special trips to go here because most likely there's a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood that needs the business, and is just as good.
4445 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016