I love good Thai food, I am especially partial to some good Isaan food so the news that an ex-colleague of David Thompson was opening a new authentic Thai restaurant in HK had my taste buds tingling.
It's another no reservation spot, but their sister restaurant next door is OK to hang out in for a beer as you wait for a table. The 45 minute wait was nearly exactly 45 minutes on a wet and miserable Friday, but the atmosphere of the place soon takes your mind off the weather.
The first thing that delights you - and I use that work deliberately - is the serving team - they are really happy and friendly - their enthusiasm is almost contagious. Not licensed yet (but you can BYO and there is a bar next door) so on to the menu. Its reads well, but will it live up to the promise? HK is full of neutered Thai food so I imagine high octane Isaan is a risk few restauranteurs will take.
Thankfully I was totally wrong. The food is full on spicy with great fresh flavours. This was our second dinner so we didn't do justice to the menu, we tried a great Som Dtum Moo Grop - salad with roast pork, a fine Moo Yung - more pork, and a special of Isaan sausage (Sai Grog) which I hope makes it onto the regular menu.
The food is wonderfully flavoured, its fresh and bursting with energy like all good Thai food should be, its a funky space and has really lovely staff. Its going to be on the regular rotation.