Chadar Thai 
Out western Henrico way, there exist a slim offering of Thai cuisine. Eight choices by my count and we’ve sampled four of them after a trip to Chadar Thai this week. Located directly across the street from Thai Dinner in a mirror image barren strip mall. Chadar would be easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it. We were and what we found was an underwhelming, but not unpleasant store front. The same could be said for the interior. It was not offensive, but lent nothing to the experience.
Food is king however and service is a nice complement to that royalty. Both were well represented at Chadar Thai. Chuck was our 52L guest and had the yellow curry and seemed to enjoy it. Ethan had the curry noodle with beef and I the Pad See Ew with chicken. The food was good, but did not necessarily knock our socks off. What was surprising was the accuracy in spiciness. Often a hit or miss claim of other establishments. Chadar hit the medium spicy nail on it’s medium spicy head. Like a hot super market salsa, not medium salsa (Ethan: which is a lie).
Being a stone’s throw from Thai Dinner, it’s hard not to choose between the two. Chadar gets high marks for their spot-on heat levels, something Thai Dinner frequently gets wrong. The other flavors were on par though. Chadar falls short on atmosphere though. Where Thai Dinner feels like a proper dinner, lively, light and full of people, Chadar is not that. It was dark and a bit uninviting. While it seems weird to say it I would not go back to Chadar. It is hard to put my finger on the why, when “food is king”, but it lacked everything else.