thanks to everyone who chimed in the other day on my klong vs. holy basil question.
in the final analysis, my friend and i did not really enjoy klong all that much. service was nice but a bit spacey. the space itself is very comfortable -- i was expecting a lot worse.
the food. we shared a the calamari tempura appetizer which was very tasty -- light, crisp, with a nice spicy dipping sauce. she had vegetarian pad thai, which she promptly found a hair in. hey, it happens, she sent it back, they were very gracious about it, but it took about 20 minutes for it to re-emerge from the kitchen, after we asked twice about it. i guess in some respects it is encouraging that it does seem like they remade the dish as opposed to just removing the hair and reheating it. but it was annoying that it took so long. she said it was average for pad thai. i had the duck special with pomegranate and bok choi. the dish was a little bland. but it seemed to bother my stomach throughout the night and the next day.
anyway, we didn't order any dessert, but they gave us a free dessert of coconut ice cream because of the hair incident. which is nice and all, but neither of us particularly like coconut, so at the end of the day the impact was a bit hollow.
anyway, i would probably give klong another chance as the menu seemed interesting and varied, but in my opinion it is not in the same class as holy basil.