Had lunch with a couple PortlandFood.org folks at a new Thai place in Multnomah. It's in a pleasant little house on Capitol Hwy and pleasant inside as well.
Menu is expansive with all the basics (soups, salads, apps, curries, stir fries, rices, etc), plus lunch specials that run $6.50 for MOYC, $8 for seafood, $9.50 for mixed seafood. These go up to $8, $10, and $12.50 for dinner. They also have a specialty section that seemed heavy on the fried and citrusy items.
We got fish cakes, green papaya salad, rad nah, and yellow curry. Very incosistent.
The fish cakes were very tasty little patties with a noticable kaffir lime flavor and a nice little sweet and sour sauce with a bit of cucumber and crushed peanut.
The papaya salad was quite fishy, which I'm fine with, but there wasn't much else to it as a balance. The papaya were a bit too limp and the tomato seemed as if it was kept in a refrigerator (bad texture and not very ripe). Pretty small portion, too. It came with a side of sticky rice and we asked for purple. There was also a little side of chopped romaine, which didn't really add anything.
The rad nah was terrible. Just a clumpy, gooey mess of noodles and vegetables in "soy gravy". Bleeeech.
The yellow curry, however, was decently tasty. Maybe this has more to do with the fact they probably use Mae Ploy curry paste like everyone else that any special skill they have.
The meal began with a free soup and ended with a free dessert. The soup was like Campbell's with a bit of tofu and Thai flavors. The dessert was enjoyable enough, just coconut milk with various candied fruits, etc: beans, jackfruit, palm seeds, coconut gelee.
Not a place I'll travel for again unless someone explores the menu and finds more things at the level of the fish cakes rather than the rad na.
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