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US Open chow report - fu run, sripraphai, leo latticini

vinouspleasure | Sep 13, 201511:53 AM

we look forward to the US Open in flushing every year as much for the pre/post meals as the tennis.

we stopped twice over the course of the open at leo's latticini's backyard bakery in corona. Good italian pastry and cappucino. We like the canoli cream-filled baba au rhum, the sfogliatelle and the canoli. My wife thinks the canoli is on the same level as court st. pastry in brooklyn, high praise indeed.

after pastry we stopped at their deli for a mama's special to take the open. They used to make them fresh but now (and for the last few years) it looks like they make the basic sandwich the morning of and add mushrooms and peppers when you order. Still, the sandwich is great, arguably better than anything at the open.

for our meal at fu run we arrived around 10pm and had the place mostly to ourselves. we started with Green Bean Sheet Jelly w. Red Oil and then the triple delight vegetables and cumin fish for mains. We hadn't had the vegetable dish before, it was fine but a little bland and ordinary. The fish and sheet jelly are two of our favorites and lived up to expectations. I did note that prices are creeping up...I think the muslim lamb is now over $25.

from time-to-time I hear/read sripraphai has gone downhill but don't see it. From our experience, it's very important to have a detailed conversation with your server around spice levels. We order "american spicy" which is a pretty big notch below "thai spicy" but perfect for us. If we leave it to the kitchen to decide, dishes come out very mild and flavors don't pop.

We had a sampling of usual suspects at sri, watercress salad, papaya salad, panang curry and chile pork belly. It was all delicious, maybe the panang and pork belly could have used a tad more heat. Talking of price creep, we were first to sri long before they expanded, I'd guess prices back then were about 1/3-1/2 of what they are today.

we grew a little tired of asian food so we tried casa del chef last night. It's a stones throw from sri, I posted about our experience in another thread.


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