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Wondee Siam Report (longish)

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Wondee Siam Report (longish)

Simon | Feb 28, 2005 09:24 AM

Tried this place for the first time yesterday, as we happened to be in the neighborhood and i've been interested in seeing if there is any way to get real Thai food in NY without hopping the R train to Woodside.

The service was friendly, and the tiny place was almost full on Sunday at 3pm. The fish cakes were fine to start. As for entrees, we ordered the duck with basil (off the Thai menu, which they verbally translated for us) and the green curry w/ chicken. i specified "Thai spicy" -- the waitress: "you sure?" -- i belabored the point: "Yes, we eat Thai food in Queens and go to Asia, etc"...(my dining companion was even Chinese)...

The food that arrived was not spicy. The green curry was good: a lighter broth than many and with lots of fresh vegetables and lean chicken breast, but i wouldn't even consider it medium spicy, even by American standards. The duck w/ basil had very crispy, almost bacon-like slices of duck that had been roasted and then deep-fried, in a sauce that was extremely sweet.

When they other waitress asked us how the food was, i told her that we were enjoying it, etc, but that that we had asked for "Thai spicy" and that it really wasn't even regular spicy -- she told me that they won't cook it spicier even when people request it but too often it gets sent back to the kitchen as being too hot...errrrr, so what was that earlier long conversation about when we ordered??...*sigh*...

I'd go back there because some of the catfish in red curry on other table looked good, but the whole having to plea for spices business is exasperating, since i was really curious to see what their kitchen could do...

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