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Dok Bua Disappointment

VivreManger | Jan 20, 2005 09:40 AM

Ate lupper at an odd time yesterday afternoon (lupper = lunch& supper), around 4:00.

I ordered two of my favorites and one that I needed: Duck larb, Tom-Kha-Gai, and Chinese watercress. I was particularly disappointed with the larb. In the past the duck skin has had a well-sauteed crunchy crispness that is a delight to feel and taste. The contrast between the skin and the lettuce and cucumbers is appealing. This time the duck was soggy and lacked much distinctive flavor. The watercress was also less assertive than usual and seemed to cry out for soy sauce. As for the soup, it was cold outside and I wanted something warm. But the chicken seemed a bit more overcooked than usual.

One bit of advice: on cold winter days avoid the tables on the right, as you enter the restaurant. The freezer chests are right there and the cold comes creeping out onto the floor.

BTW the waitress had trouble understanding my pronunciation of larb. It seems that I tried to avoid the Boston r and actually pronounced that letter. It would have been better if I had said lahb as in yahd.

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