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REVIEW - Prem-on Thai

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REVIEW - Prem-on Thai

big o | Jul 31, 2005 12:22 AM

I brought a friend, my brother, and his fiance to Prem-on Thai last night and had the best meal I've ever had at a Thai restaurant in Manhattan.

The four of us split the grilled seafood and Thai handrolls to start with. Due to the laws of supply and demand, I was limited to a scallop and a piece of salmon from the grilled seafood, both of which were really tasty, as was the mango salsa served alongside. The Thai handroll was likewise quite good. The portions were of a decent size for one person, but the next time I show up with three other people, I'll probably toss in another app.

Both my brother and his fiance ordered the Thai orange duck, my friend got the crispy basil sea bass, and I ordered my new-Thai-place measuring stick: pad krapow.

The krapow was among the best I've ever tried (we're talking at least top three here). It was a notably-large portion of chicken, peppers, basil, garlic, and mushrooms, and I got the jasmine rice (you're given a choice of three types of rice) to add to the mix. I asked them to pretend I looked more Thai than Jewish and spice the hell out of the dish, which they didn't quite do (though it was still spicier than most would be able to tolerate). Their nam prik selection more than satisfied my complete disregard for the lining of my stomach.

I was able to try my friend's sea bass, and it was phenomenal. Had I not been so concerned about losing a finger, I would have gone back for more. She ordered the rice-of-the-day, which was fresh out of a banana leaf, with a bit of coconut milk added. Really nice.

Sadly, I didn't take a taste of the duck, though my future sister-in-law couldn't finish her plate (my brother's plate, on the other hand, looked like it had just come out of the dishwasher by the time he was done). My brother completed the rice trifecta by ordering the curry rice, and I did grab a bit of that. Also quite good.

I ordered a dessert special, which was a take on the ever-popular mango & sticky rice -- this one included a champagne mango (a whole one) and sticky rice that was brown, though I didn't bother to find out why. I've never had a better version of this dessert.

The total came to about $30 per person. I don't know about the rest of the group, but I was fairly stuffed.

As far as negatives go -- the coffee kinda sucked. That's it. I didn't bother saying anything, but the service was friendly to the point where I have no doubt they would have made a new pot of coffee and, probably, taken the charge off the bill.

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