Indian, Pakistani, Thai
Price Range : Under $10 ($)
Adress: 15th St & Sage Ave Rpi Student Union, Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 429-4657
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I discovered Thunder Mountain Curry at the Troy Farmer's Market. I'm so glad I did.
Their food is incredibly fresh. And you can taste all of the fresh herbs and spices they use in every dish. I can taste (and see) the curry leaves, the mustard seeds, the cilantro, the Chiles etc.
Other then Karavelli in Latham, this is the only Indian food I've eaten in this area where the food isn't a soupy, creamy pool of bland mush. All of their dishes have a nice spice level to them and some are extra spicy which I love. They aren't afraid to use the proper spice and heat level.
They make delicious crispy Pakora. I've had several different vegetarian dishes with cauliflower or spinach or chick peas or cabbage and they were so delicious on their own that I didn't miss the meat and extra condiments were not needed.
However- their spicy mint chutney blew me away. It's super spicy, tangy, herbaceous etc. and could just eat it on its own because that's how delicious and addictive it is. I always order extra and slather it on everything because I like it that much!
And, I found out this past Saturday while ordering food at the Farmer's Market that they serve lunch Mon-Fri on the RPI campus and the area where they are located is open to the public.
Mike & Mike are very nice, friendly & patient in explaining their food, ingredients & how they make it. They know their stuff!
1st: I Do Not recommend the Pad Thai. Have had it at the Troy Farmer's Market & at the Student Union & for all their effort in making it, with 10 ingredients including mustard greens & bok choy, there is zero flavor. (Tried Chicken & tofu orders) The pad thai sauce needs some umami, fish sauce, tamarind? I'm not sure. Pad Thai is not supposed to be spicy, so I am confused as to everyone ordering it, & being asked a spice level. Maybe the spic covers up the non-sauce that the noodles are tossed in? I even trekked up to the student union to pick up lunch one day, and asked for extra Tamarind sauce. I got a dollop of brown sauce on top, that tasted like extra salty. Hoisin sauce. And then some more further down in the bowl. Such a disappointment, I couldn't eat all that salt, threw it out. Should I ask for "extra Thai flavor" next time? Really don't know.
**Pad Thai is not a Spicy dish friends.**
2nd: Definitely go for:
A Rice Bowl with
-the string beans. Crispy with a kick of spice
-the beets at the Farmer's Market. Never thought I would finish off beets, but this will convert you. I crave this! Too bad they don't have it at the RPI Student Union during the week.
-green curry chicken is not bad. Spice comes on a little bit later.
-The Mango Lassi is $4.(average since coffee & battenkill milk costs about the same at the Mkt.) A nice option to have, Mike said that it's made with rose water. Needs a bit more cardamom.
-Had a nice to-go cold peanut noodle chicken noodle bowl from the RPI Student Union. They're now on a new remodeled floor at the Union, the menu looks smaller. Maybe it will take some time to build it back up, or they may not have the room for extras.
-always fun seeing their homemade ice cream flavors according to the holiday. Very creative & fun chefs. Follow their Facebook for updates.
So, too bad I had to average out my review to 3 stars for TMC, but the Pad Thai is very disappointing. My mother bought one & didn't like it either & she's more forgiving with food. Yet customers seem to really like it. Get schooled on Pad Thai at Sukothai in Albany folks! Or even Chom's Cafe In Troy.
TMC has gone through some changes in the past year since moving from the second to the first floor of the RPI Union. I am very sad to see the veggie curry and sweet and sticky rice go. There are less vegan/vegetarian options with the less variety, which definitely made me less inclined to eat there. However, this summer, the TMC Buddha Bowl was an excellent addition to the menu. I have to stop myself from getting it for lunch every day. It's exactly what I'm looking for: lots of fresh greens, delicious vegetables, both chickpeas and tofu for protein, and a flavorful dressing. It's a great value for what you get and still isn't too filling. I can't express how much I love the buddha bowl and I really hope they keep it on the menu permanently!!
I love their food so much and the value can't be beat! If you're at Troy Farmer's Market you've gotta get a giant plate of this incredibly flavorful food (curry, stir fried veggies, pork larb, beets, mango, fried rice, it's all so good!) for a bargain. A large plate with everything is only $8! They told me they also do catering. I feel like I need to plan a party just to have them come and feed my friends!
I used to love their pad thai. The quality decreases so much these days. For more than 8 bucks,there is rarely any chicken pieces I can find in my meal. Also,the noodle is not even cooked yet. So disappointed,give me back my good pad thai, please!!!