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Gatip Thai--don't bother

Windy | Mar 20, 2005 11:32 PM

Got a last-minute call from a visiting friend on Saturday, and ended up, against my better instincts, at Gatip Thai on Lombard and Steiner because it was across from his motel.

The highlight was the Miang Kum--baby spinach leaves with dried shrimp, toasted coconut, lime wedges, etc--ironically because all it requires is slicing. The tamarind peanut sauce was tasty, if very sticky and overly sweet. And the sliced chilis were the only spice of the meal.

The other dish to recommend is the special Lotus rice blend, which included wheat berries, millet, and brown rice. A large portion (enough for 3 or 4) was $3.75.

Rare beef salad had juicy pieces of steak, but the sauce was too heavy, and it was served over iceberg lettuce. More lime or vinegar would have helped. There was nothing Thai about this preparation, or really about most of the meal.

Praram pak, steamed vegetables with peanut sauce, was drowned in sauce. Sticky rice was served in a woven container, but was gummy rather than chewy.

Green curry chicken was bland, without any detectable spice.

Pad thai wasn't bad, although it included chicken and no lime.

Portions are huge, especially noticeable because I wasn't tempted to finish anything on my plate. Service is friendly. They gave us a complimentary coconut ice cream even though they were trying to close. Do yourself a favor and go to Ozone instead.

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