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Just another fabulous meal at SLC's Thai Garden


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Just another fabulous meal at SLC's Thai Garden

Tha Groovin' Gourmet | Aug 9, 2005 04:37 PM

I've lost track of the number of meals since my last post, and it's been several weeks since my last visit, so here goes.

I wasn't planning on stopping in for lunch, but I headed for the area in search of cheap gas which was not to be found, dammit. Oh well, might as well assuage my pain with a visit to Pawit and Vipada's temple of Thai delights.

Was too late for the lunch special so I ordered both dishes on the specials board (they've been there for awhile so they are pretty much regular dishes now which is a good thing).

Started with the ever-killer Fresh Spring Rolls, what cha gio want to be when they grow up. A couple of nice and fat rolls, cut in half, stuffed with cabbage, bean sprouts and chunks of perfectly cooked and chilled shrimp. The sauce is a heady soy-based number with a good dose of fish sauce plus little bits of red and green onions and peanuts. The sauce is so good I dumped what was left on the cabbage/carrot garnish to create a little portion of Thai-style slaw to gobble down. Fabulous.

Entrée was one of our new faves, the Shimp Balls, which they will serve with any of their curry selections. This time I went for something new, the mild coconut curry (Ka Ree is the name I believe) and requested that the abhorrent green bell pepper be replaced with fresh green beans. Of course that was no problem, and the dish came out deliciously...I just finished off the leftovers before typing this.

The Shrimp Balls are wonderfully dense, with a springy texture that definitely offers up some resistance with each bite. Kinda like matzoh balls with attitude, if only shrimp were kosher.

The curry itself was deelish...definitely mild by Thai Garden standards, but still with some nice background heat. In addition to a generous number of Shrimp Balls, the curry was loaded with quartered chunks of potato, thickly sliced carrots and the requested fresh green beans. Another yummy dish, especially when ladled over their sticky rice.

And speaking of, no meal at TG is complete with out the wickedly good Thai Custard and Sticky Rice. Awesome as always...even without the house Riesling which I always order with it when we are having dinner.

Nicest surprise was an off-menu beer offering, a lovely IPA from Salt Lake City's own Squatter's brewery. Apparently this is a new offering from the state booze coffers, and it makes an excellent addition.

I'd been enjoying Singha for the longest time at TG, and was quite pleased when they added Sierra Nevada to the beer carte...the heat levels of their food call for a heartier beer, as nice as Singha is.

But the Squatter's IPA is even better with their menu. Offering some nice potency (6.8%), it is not as hoppy or coppery as most IPA's, but it has a floral character that is reminiscent of Asian beers, and as such makes a perfect complement. Apparently their state liquor rep brought by a case for them to check out, and I gave Vipada a thumbs up, so hopefully it will become a regular offering.

TG continues to be consistently wonderful...only a couple of stirfries have been just very good with everything else we've ever enjoyed being exceptional. And the hospitality offered up by the owners and staff seal the deal. This is one restaurant that constantly delivers and remains deserving of our undying support. With apologies to Brigham Young, this is the place!

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