Thai pikul has mild ambiance, competent wait staff, and, on average, passable food. However, I have been beyond appalled by the take-out service I have received on two separate occasions. The first time, I could quite literally pour several tablespoons of oil out of the noodles. The curry was flavorful but runny, and I thought someone had eaten three fourths of my rice. I kid you not: in a regular sized styrofoam take-out container -- the type one might put a side dish or dinner rolls in -- there was less than 1/4 C of cooked rice. On the second occasion, the same curry had sour meat, and I was surprised to learn that the rice portion I had received on my first visit was not a fluke -- it was policy. I'm curious to know what kind of mental defect is necessary to scoop out an admittedly generous portion of questionable meat curry, then proceed to dole out rice by the teaspoon. Am I supposed to consume the dish like soup?
Of all the strong Thai restaurants we have in San Antonio (in the medical center alone!) -- Sawasdee, Thai Taste, Siam Thai, Thai Topaz, ""Thai Restaurant,"" -- I am astonished that this place has any business at all. I will not eat here again. But if you do, perhaps you should dine in. You might well ask for an extra portion of rice -- that is if you care to finish your food in the first place.