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Thai Aree on Vacation / Siam Taste Noodle / Banana Leaf?

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Thai Aree on Vacation / Siam Taste Noodle / Banana Leaf?

Seth Zurer | Aug 5, 2002 10:36 AM

I tried to hit Thai Aree saturday night, only to find a sign on the door saying that they're on vacation until August 11th. So we walked around the corner and saw Siam Taste Noodle, which is on addison abotu 40 feet west of milwaukee. I don't remember if this place has been mentioned here before. It feels right: there are really-o thai condiment trays on each table: extra dried chilis and pickled jalapenos, and red chili sauce. The menu shows almost no hint of Penny's-style americanization. Despite the seeming authenticity, nothing was really up to the level of thai aree. The best dish we had was Nam Sod: ground chicken in lime juice, with chili flakes and peanuts, which wasn't really fiery despite my asking for thai style spicy. Chicken satay was well cooked, but the satay sauce, again, lacked heat. Shrimp in hotpot came with a slightly watery broth and clear vermicelli noodles. And stirfried vegetables were ok. It's nice to know that a block in the middle of a polish neighborhood can support two thai restaurants with fairly inaccessible menu options, but next time I'll probably call thai aree first to see if they're in the restaurant. Have others eaten here before -- is there a killer dish on their menu?

Two related notes: walking down milwaukee in search of coffee, we saw a littel takeout/catering indian restaurant called Banana Leaf -- anyone have any experience there? And finally what club are all those stunning polish twenty somethings headed to?

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