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Daisy Mint, why did we wait so long?


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Daisy Mint, why did we wait so long?

Will Owen | | Jan 24, 2009 10:51 AM

Okay, I know everybody but us has known about this place for eons, so I'll try to keep the OMG!!! kind of thing to a minimum. But it's gonna be hard.

So three of us, me, Mrs. O and one of her former co-workers, show up there at 6:30 last night sans reservation, place pretty crowded (small, as others have noted). Nonetheless the cute and cheerful waitperson quickly sets us a four-top and almost as quickly takes drink orders, American iced tea for the others and Thai for me. Those come, and then we order Green Jungle curry and Pad Thai with chicken, and Spicy Fried Rice with shrimp. All of this does take its own sweet time coming out; the kitchen apparently operates at less than a frantic pace, which may be why some reviewers have griped about the service, but the results when they arrive immediately prove to be well worth the wait, and then some. Everything is fresh and good, and the Green Jungle, which was my choice, proves to be the most heavenly-delicious Thai dish I've ever put in my mouth - rich, complex, just spicy enough, chicken (breast, yeah) a smidge overcooked but still plenty chickeny, and the eggplant (which I get all to myself) perfect. I might even try it sometime with just extra eggplant.

That small room hasn't much extra space in it, but it feels cozy instead of cramped; Mrs. O, who knows about these things, says it feels exactly like some New York neighborhood hang on a sidestreet, not at all like a space on a dull and boring stretch of Colorado. There were several groups of people who acted like regulars, young family people and middle-aged academic types, happily conversing and eating and enjoying the bottles of wine they'd brought. Oh, yeah, the door, which we were pretty close to, got stuck open a couple of times, letting in what passes around here for "cold" air, and the handbag of a woman on her way out threatened to drag me off my chair. But it's been a long time since we've felt so immediately at home, especially in a restaurant new to us, and we can hardly wait to drag a few more folks in with us so we can experience it again. And at about $15-$20 apiece including tip, we can do this about as often as we like.

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