In Germantown, this elegant Thai place makes some very exacting food - much of it not spicy - that ranges from exquisite to mediocre. In most case you are expected to add the heat, if you like, from a condiment tray at the table.
Two dishes showcased the enormous talents of the restaurant: the lahb (minced chicken appetitizer served room temperature) and the Pad Kra Pow - we ordered this with minced pork. The lahb was by far the best I've had; the chicken was slightly browned and took on a delicate charred taste. Great delicate spicing on the minced pork dish as well. Also had a decidedly un-Thai dish of corn cakes (very delicious).
Crying Tiger: the marinated steak here is unexciting by itself, but comes with a spicy peanut sauce on the side, not too much heat. Very tasty and well made. Not a 'liquid peanut butter' sauce, but made with some crushed peanuts.
Street Style Grilled Pork: what you'd expect, a really good 'meat-on-a-stick' dish.
Sizzling Mussels: really nice rendition of this dish, the mussels are made into finely crisped egg pancakes.
Green Curry: we're starting to get into the bland stuff here. Creamy with coconut milk and timid.
Spicy Sour Curry: very disappointing. A misnomer.
Floating Market Noodle Soup: Pretty bad. No heat. Made with some kind of mature, seasoned vinegar (think balsamic) that gave it an odd flavor.
Many good-sounding dishes on the menu. Maybe stay away from the curries? Will go back.
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