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Sweet Pepper: New Thai restaurant in Oak Square, Brighton

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Sweet Pepper: New Thai restaurant in Oak Square, Brighton

gourmaniac | Oct 11, 2006 12:47 PM

My neighborhood of Oak Square, which has been lacking in good restaurants, might finally have a good Thai place. Sweet Pepper opened two weeks ago in the space formally occupied by Chandelier, a mediocre Haitian spot that catered mostly to taxi drivers (I know, this is usually a good chowhound sign). Sweet Pepper is run by Thais but the menu caters a little to the community. If asked, they will kick it up a notch. I was asked if I wanted their hottest dish, marked with 3 peppers, moved up to 4 or 5. I ordered their Phuket noodles with pork (like Pad ki mow at Dok Bua) and the ground chicken with hot Thai style basil with ground chicken. The spice level was good and ingredients were fresh. Portions were large and prices good ($8-10 per entree)> Overall I would rate it above Montien (which I like) and Dok Bua (which I love). The sauces have a bit of sameness to them but not bad for Brighton. They have a few items that i've not seen and may be more pan-asian. Bombay sticks are an appetizer with homemade crispy sticks filled with a vegetable curry. There are a couple of entrees like Manilla coconut chicken (Phillipino) and Beef Kamar (Cambodian). It's not yet clear if this is pan-asian overreach or it may be possible that the chefs knows what they're doing. My first meal there has me willing to try.

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