AppeThai, a cleverly-named restaurant, took over the old Yes! Pingo spot on Convoy. While we were sad to see Yes! Pingo close down, we sort of saw it coming… Anyway, we were happy for new Thai restaurant and went to check it out recently.
The interior set-up isn’t too different from Yes Pingo – the ordering counter is still there, but all the booths have been removed and replaced with tables. The side wall next to the ordering counter is a giant chalkboard where the menu is written (didn’t get a good pic, though – sorry!).
There are a ton of different entrées, from stir-fries to noodles to rice dishes, and they’re priced by the type of protein you add (see menu photo at the bottom). There are also appetizers, soups, salads, dessert, etc… We were with our friend A, and each of us chose an entrée, and I ordered an extra corn fritter appetizer for us to share.
They had cute little trays of condiments by the self-serve water station for you to take to your table. From top left: fish sauce, chili powder, chili oil, and salt & pepper shakers. I was smitten with the little jars and want a set for my home!
Our food arrived shortly after:
Pad See Iw is one of my go-to dishes at Thai restaurants, and I enjoyed the version here. The noodles were cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of “bounce”. The seasoning was plentiful, though a tad on the sweet side. I liked the usage of gailan, which added a nice crunch as well as some bitterness to offset the sweetness.
S ordered the Spicy Bamboo Shoot stir-fry, served with rice. They don’t ask you for the spice level here, but he requested mild. What arrived was definitely not mild – at least by Thai restaurant standards in San Diego. I’m guessing that this would be at least a 5 in other restaurants! We both really enjoyed the flavor, although S had to stop eating after a while because it was too spicy. I’ve been trying to eat less spicy these days, but I couldn’t resist finishing the rest of his dish.
A chose the Spicy Noodle, which was also cooked nicely as with the Pad See Iw. I actually think I liked this one slightly more than mine because it wasn’t so sweet – plus I really liked the basil leaves here. Oddly enough, she didn’t specify her spice level and got a dish that’s much less spicy than S’s “mild”. Not sure what happened here… Maybe the chef in the back mixed up the spice levels on these two dishes?
Our appetizer actually arrived last… haha. These corn fritters were my favorite part of the meal – they had a crunchy exterior, with a fluffy inside and lots of corn kernels throughout. The dipping sauce was a bit on the sweet side, but we basically ate this as dessert so I didn’t mind too much, hehe.
Overall, we had a pleasant visit here at AppeThai. The prices here are quite budget-friendly, and though the dishes are a bit “Americanized”, I enjoy Americanized Thai food just fine. I’d gladly return to try more of their menu items next time!
4813 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111