We are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but some New Jersey towns are more Irish than others. (more…)
Belleville, NJ 07109
- Cost: $$
- Alcohol: BYO
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
September 24, 2010
After reading the New Jersey Monthly review, we visited Topaz Thai on a Friday night at 8 pm. Good thing we called a half hour ahead, because Topaz is a small, bustling spot. The friendly staff seemed to know most of the diners – a mix of families and couples – by name. “Mama,” the chef, makes a point of visiting tables in the dining room. Even though our main dishes were delayed because of a “large take out order,” we didn’t mind because our server was so friendly and apologetic.
Strong, fresh flavors make Topaz Thai’s food stand out. Our waitress asked, “Regular spicy or extra spicy?” when I ordered the Spicy Basil Noodle with beef. Glad I said regular. I love spicy, but that dish made me sweat, in a good way. I couldn’t stop eating it. My wife was the big winner. She ordered a dinner special with vermicelli noodles, crispy pork that reminded us of Central American chicharrones, cashews and pineapple, all permeated by a wonderful lime and chili sauce. The spring rolls and salads are tasty. My Fish Cakes appetizer was fresh, but overcooked.