Confirmed: Topaz is as Dirty as the DOH Says
There was kind of a coincidental convergence of Thai food news yesterday, much of it centered around Topaz on 56th btw. 6+7th. It started with this comment, copied from the Department of Health Website:
TOPAZ THAI RESTAURANT
Violation points: 101
Inspection Date: 12/22/2008
Violations were cited in the following area(s) and those requiring immediate action were addressed.
1.) Other general violation.
2.) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained.
3.) Lighting inadequate. Bulb not shielded or shatterproof.
4.) Food contact surface not properly maintained.
But wait there is more…
5.) Thawing procedures improper.
6.) Facility Design
7.) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.
8.) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
9.) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
Doesn’t sound too bad (aka no ”evidence of mice”) but a failing score is 28- and they got a 101. Coincidentally enough, our Profiled Midtown Lunch’er yesterday has never tried Thai food (stemming from a story he heard at camp about a guy missing his wedding because he ate Thai food and got sick) and asked for a recommendation. Knowing about the comment above, I couldn’t in good conscience recommend Topaz, and my fears were confirmed by this shocker posted this morning:
Uh…I just went to Topaz yesterday and enjoyed every moment of my pork drunken noodle lunch… until I found a staple in my noodle, that is. So in addition to my staple, they didn’t pass health inspection. Awesome!! Wish I had read the comment [above] before heading out there.
Dios mio man.