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[PDX] Sukhothai...

Nick | Jan 29, 2004 11:10 PM

Based on some recommendations, I went to Sukhothai for a second time recently. Had originally gone there when they opened.

Sukhothai
2014 NE Broadway
503-331-1235

It's a cute little place that follows the trend of most of the newer Thai places in town to try to make middle and upper-middle class people comfortable with a wine list, decently painted interior, decent tables, and linen napkins.

They have a good menu. You'll find miang kum, eg, under the appetizers, although they do use spinach leaves instead of betel. You'll also find things like tod mun pla, fried fish cakes, on their appetizer menu.

Their tom kha also comes in the wonderful volcano-style soup bowl with the fire in the middle. (What's the name of this thing? Trillium? Curt?)

They have all the standards at reasonable prices -- curries at $8.50 w/ basic meats, noodle dishes the same. They also have several house specials and chef's specials, including gang pa, a coconut milkless curry and dishes making use of salmon and halibut. They also have a large lunch special menu that cuts $2 off the price of most dishes.

My wife and I split the miang kum ($6.95) as an appetizer. She got the lemongrass chicken ($9.50), a house special, and I got the green curry with beef ($8.50), my current favorite litmus test.

The miang kum was tasty, though, like I said, uses spinach leaves. But I don't consider that a big knock against it. The pieces were fresh (and the thai chiles they used were heinously spicy).

My wife's lemongrass chicken probably should have been called peanut chicken because the flavor of peanut sauce was by far it's dominant flavor. That's fine. I think a lot of people would love this dish. The chicken breast was nicely cooked, still moist, and it was a huge portion that looked great. It was served with lots of steamed broccoli and spinach. This would be an excellent choice for anyone wary of Thai food.

My green curry was decent, not great, not Cha Ba Thai good, but decent. I do wish more places would use Thai eggplants, though. I need to start bitching out this at Thai restaurants, because Chinese eggplants just get too mushy in curries.

Sukhothai is way better than Eagle Thai, which is also in Irvington/Lloyd Center area. It's also better than Dragonfly was, though that place has now been replaced by a Thai restaurant called Ruen, which I haven't tried. Maybe soon.

Link: http://www.portlandfood.org

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