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Michelia & Talesai

Sandra W. | Aug 24, 2004 02:04 AM

Ate at Michelia (Euro-Vietnamese) for the first time with a fellow Hound. We skipped the lunch specials and ordered off the full menu.

Started with the roast pork salad, a winner. Very similar in style and flavor to Thai spicy beef salad. The deep fried tofu, topped with black sesame seeds, was served with a spicy/sweet sauce. The soft tofu had a delicate crunchy outer layer. Excellent. From there the meal went downhill. The spicy eggplant was fair. My houndly friend thought the small/whole eggplants might be Chinese eggplants, as their flesh was very light in color. The salmon was the least interesting dish of the day -- thin strips of salmon were overcooked and the flavor, uninteresting. Two out of two. I will definitely go back and try some of their other dishes.

Talesai on the hand was an unmitigated DISASTER! Not one of my favorite restaurants, but every now and then I get a real craving for their version of Tom Khar Kai. I find their food hit and miss and mostly overpriced. Today they were all "miss". Even my soup. Instead of a lovely, velvety soup with a strong lemon-grass flavor, the soup was thin, watery, and the chicken was rubber. The grilled garlic pork was fatty and not nearly flavorful enough. The papaya salad with thai proscuitto (tasted like thai jerky to me) was decent. Not decent enough for me to ever want to go back. Now where do I go for my soup fix?

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