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Land Northeast Thai - decent, but not great...good for UES

Lau | Jun 12, 2008 10:44 AM

So my gf and i were up at her place and decided to try Land Northeast Thai on 2nd ave bet 81st and 82nd. The place is a small place with indoor and outdoor seating, we sat indoors. Its a nice little space, which all modern dark wood interior and strange lamps, but overall a reasonable atmosphere especially for a thai restaurant and fits in with the neighborhood. Service was fine.

Here's what we got:
- chicken curry puffs: these were very good, much better than the avg curry puff u get at most thai places...the stuffing tasted more carmelized and more fresh, i dont think they were frozen and re-heated
- green papaya salad: typical papaya salad with long beans, small tomatoes and peanuts...however, i thought it was far inferior to the version at zabb city (eat there all the time and i think they make the best version ive had in the city) b/c it was too sweet...ok, but nothing to write home about
- beef tamarind consomme: this was interesting, im not sure how i felt about it. It's a soup with clarified beef broth, pearl onion, tomato, dried chilis and tamarind leaves. The broth wasn't too salty (i hate when people oversalt their broth, which is extremely common b/c they dont take the time to make a proper broth) and it was generally well made, the beef was quite good as well, it had obviously been put into the soup just before it was served and the beef was very tender and flavorful. The issue i had with the soup is that it was extremely pungent and think of asam laksa and multiply it by 2-3x although it was strange b/c usually with these that are this sour, it would linger, but it faded really quickly, id compare it to wasabi which is starts spicy, but fades really quickly
- striped bass pad ed: this was stir fried filets of striped bass with eggplant, french bean in a green peppercorn curry sauce. It actually almost tasted like a chinese dish, i thought it was a little too salty and the curry sauce did not come together as i thought it would. The fish was cooked nicely and was reasonably tender. It was alright, but nothing special

Overall, it was decent, but nothing to write home about...places like zabb city and rhong tiam are lightyears better. Although it was probably much better than most other thai places in the UES, so if u live up there and are trying to find a place to eat locally, this is probably a decent option.

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