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Look by Plant Love House

zbs | Jan 31, 201604:27 PM

A second branch of Plant Love House from Elmhurst opened at the end of last year (I think) on Washington Ave in Prospect Heights. I recently moved to Park Slope, just on the other side of Flatbush, and was excited to see this one as an expansion and a revamped El Atoradero move to nearly the same spot from the Bronx around the same time. Criminally, I have not yet made it to Atoradero but I did try Look in two forms: dine-in and delivery.

Dine in was excellent, comparable to visits to Ayada and better than any I've had to Chao. We had the Pla luii suan (fried red sanpper salad) which was excellent—served as chunks of flaky deep fried fish in a familiar chili-lime-fish sauce salad complete with keffir lime leaf, galangal, and surprising little nubs of real-deal birds eye chilis (we ordered everything "spicy as its sposed to be" or something to that effect). Next was the yum pak boong grab (crispy watercress salad), which was a really executed larb with both ground pork and a couple of really springy and tasty whole shrimp. Whenever I've had this at Sri it's mostly battered greens in a sauce? Here the greens is less battered, and as I said, pretty much a complete larb w/ that addition. Loved it. Then we had the khao pad ka-pow moo grab (described on the menu as aa "basil fried rice with crispy pork belly")—which was perhaps the best of them all. Of course not a fried rice at all but rather deep fried pork belly with the usual accoutrements and those almost raw string beans they love, next to a lump of white rice. Really good, perfectly prepared pork belly, which usually I am ambivalent about. The prices are Elmhurst-comparable ($10-12, $20 for the fish special). Currently no booze. Cash only. Afterwards we went to Gold Star Beer Counter down on Underhill, which is a supremely cute beer bar with superlative taps.

Really thrilled after that visit, for the purposes of science I did a delivery order of (for better or worse) delivery standards: pad kee mao, spring rolls. The spring rolls did not survive delivery (gotta use the cardboard rice box, guys), but were tasty if soggy. The pad kee mao had a serious funk and—I asked for "very spicy"—this took the cake. Took me about an hour to eat it, with a couple glasses of milk. Not a lot of wok burn or variety of flavors, but had a sourness you don't usually get in std delivery thai noodles. I'm sure they both suffered from a longish delivery time (about which I was warned), totally edible but a waste compared to the other stuff. As always, dine in! I'll report on Atoradero later.

Ayada Thai,
Sri Thai,
Gold Star Beer Counter
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