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Great Thai meal in St.Louis

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Great Thai meal in St.Louis

Cliff Abrams | Oct 5, 2001 08:32 AM

I'm a newcomer to St.Louis, so i've been forced to eat out most every night till i finally get my new kitchen up and running. After a series of disappointing meals (actually, Bar Italia and Chez Leon were very good), i had a very delicious pad thai at a restaurant in the southwest end of the city, almost around the corner from where i live. Of course, i forgot the name of the place, but it's in a Dierberg grocery mall just off Chippewa/Watson road on the north side at the west end of the mall.

I had just had a truly mediocre Thai meal at a highly recommended place in the South/Grand area, so i was prepared for, if not the worst, more of the same-- especially since the menu is festooned with little pictures of the food. Firstly, though, the restaurant is very clean and presentable, and the Singha was very cold-- always a good sign. Pad thai is my "test" dish for a Thai place, and theirs was excellent. The chicken (organic?) had been marinated in something citrus, the shrimp (too few) were actually tasty and fresh, vegetables were fresh-cut, noodles were perfect, sauce was tangy and not too sweet (and without too much of that musky fish sauce, which i personally dislike and is usually used with a heavy hand to cover bad ingredients). All in all a very simple, tasty dish-- quite as good as anything in Chicago (where i'm from). As an added plus (sorry ladies, i'm a guy) the servers and host were all friendly and very beautiful. I look forward to exploring the menu.

Cliff A.

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