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pretty good meal at Long Tan

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pretty good meal at Long Tan

Tom Philpott | Apr 23, 2002 10:05 AM

I notice from a search that Long Tan has earned the scorn of many on this board. I went last night *desperate* for something not too expensive in the south slope that's *not* olive vine, la taqueria, or (God forbid) Thai Grill (or whatever that dreadful place is called on 7th around Union St.)
And I thought Long Tan was nice. How great to be able to order a 5 dollar Belgian draft with Thai dinner. We started with the corncakes, little puffy cornballs that you dip into a vinegar sauce, and it perfectly piqued the appetite. I had the jungle curry, which I liked quite well, and my girlfriend had the grilled salmon in curry butter. On the plus side, it was a nice piece of fish, cooked perfectly, on a bed of fresh julienned veggies. On the other hand, the curry butter was more rumor than reality. The plate was essentially spa food. But when we spooned a bit of the red-hot jungle sauce over the fish, it came to life.
For two entres and one app and three drinks, the bill came to less than 60 bucks including tip. And we felt great afterward--not necessarily a familiar feeling after eating neighborhood Thai.
In summation: Reasonable price; good quality; not by any stretch over-sweet; and seemingly healthy. By the standards of the neighborhood, a triumph.

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