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[PDX] Tom Yum Thai....

Nick | Jan 4, 200412:16 AM     2

Tom Yum
4309 SE Woodstock

Went here tonight on Robert's recommendation. My wife and I split the pork larb, green papaya salad, and the green curry with beef. Possibly boring choices, but they're my current standards.

There was a pretty good specials board, both lunch and dinner, mostly consisting of seafood choices, but others as well. The menu also had a fair amount of house specials. Both of these menus had a lot of the more expensive items often around $11.

The larb was pretty darned good. I like that it came with cabbage, an omission at some restaurants that really disappoints me. It had a good balance of onions with spiced meat.

The green papaya salad was decent, though nothing special. Quite peanuty. Overall it just seemed a little too simple, both in flavor and ingredients, and I think the green papaya could have been crisper.

The green curry was decent as well, though maybe a little sweet. But it had a good flavor nonetheless.

The dining room itself is quite pleasant with bright walls and colorful paintings. The many booths are quite comfortable and they use linen napkins, nice big water glasses, and have friendly, efficient service. The prices are good. I forgot to get a menu, but the cost of each of these items was about $7, I think, and the portions were good.

The larb was quite good and the other dishes we tried were decent as well which means I'll certainly try them again if I'm in the area. They're clearly above average in Portland, though I don't know that they're significantly more authentic than anywhere else (though I'm no judge) nor better from my perspective than several of the other top options. But I could believe that they're the best in the area.

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