Recently, someone posted a link to the July NYT review of this restaurant. My husband and I went with our 4 year old this evening.
Overall, we're pleased that it's here, given the scarcity of Thai food in the Westchester area, but we weren't as impressed as the NYT reviewer.
We got there around 5 and were the only customers. The restaurant is cheerful and attractive and the service was pleasant, helpful and very understanding when the chowpup's first encounter with coat check got him kind of upset. I think he thought his froggy raincoat was gone forever.
minced chicken appetizer: I thought it tasted mostly of salt and char and wasn't anything special. My husband liked it better than that, but got a couple of gristly pieces.
spring rolls: crisp and hot, but the filling was nothing special.
green papaya salad: Our first encounter with this dish was at Holy Basil in the East Village and it totally blew us away. It's never been as good since, either there or anywhere else. I have no idea what it is that we want that we're not getting. So, while this wasn't our platonic ideal of green papaya salad, we liked it. The papaya and carrot were fresch and crisp and cool and the sauce was tasty and a bit spicy.
pad thai w/chicken: Eh. It needed something to cut the sweet richness. I'm not looking for heat in pad thai and I know it's generally a sweet, rich dish, but this really needed something. . . salt? herbs?
a duck special whose name escapes me: basically a spicy red curry with duck, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, basil and pineapple chunks. Nicely balanced flavors, we enjoyed it.
We'd probably order the papaya salad and duck again, but not the other things. When things were good, the flavors were complex and balanced. When things weren't so great, the flavors were one dimensional. We'll go back because it's less than 10 minutes from us in Rye Brook and because there are so few choices. I expect we will ultimately end up with a pretty long list of things we think aren't great and a shorter, but long enough, list of dishes we like enough to want again.(The place on the Post Rd. in Mamaroneck is a longer drive and didn't impress us as much, the couple of times we've been there.)
In the city, we probably wouldn't look at it twice. Out here, it's our new Thai restuarant.
Two things to note: They don't have a liqour license and don't expect to get one. Dishes are bigger than we're used to at Thai restaurants, closer to what you usually get at a Chinese restuarant.
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