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Satisfied at Spoon Thai

G Wiv | Jun 20, 2003 09:59 AM

Had dinner at Spoon Thai last evening and I must say they were hitting on all eight cylinders. In light of recent posts I was especially aware of the service aspect, within the context of Spoon Thai the service was without flaw. By context, I simply mean I am not expecting Trotter's, but do expect water glasses to be refilled and our order to be take correctly. (Not that that has ever been a problem at Spoon, as the service is always quite good.)

We were brought, along with the regular menu, a laminated copy of Spoon's Thai specials, but in this instance we opted for ordering off the regular English menu.

We started with Kanom Buang Yuan, (#111) which is a thin crisp omelet stuffed with shredded coconut, shrimp, bean sprouts, tofu and veggies. Crisp, with a slightly nutty flavor, almost as if a wee bit of peanut butter was added to the egg. Our second course of Yum Pla Muk yielded impossibly tender squid in a light lime, fish sauce dressing with fresh aromatics, my wife declared it the best squid salad she has ever eaten.

Sticking with the standards we ordered green chicken curry, one of my long time favorites, and the execution was perfect. Quartered Thai eggplant lent a slightly bitter note to the rich coconut curry and the spice level, moderate in deference to my wife, was assertive, without being overpowering. Our final dish was Bam Mee noodles with bbq pork, not a dish I had ordered before, but Erik M had mentioned having the dish at another Thai restaurant over lunch at Edgebrook Cafe a couple of days earlier and it had stuck in my mind.

We rounded out our dinner with some of the best sorbet I had ever eaten, just incredible depth of flavor and richness. The presentation was in the actual fruit, think the Bindi sorbets at upscale Italian restaurants, but made in-house and fresh. The pineapple was particularly delicious, sorbet packed into a hollowed out pineapple, frozen, sliced into eighths and served, unadorned, on a plate. Simple presentation, packed with flavor.

Our outstanding meal, consisting of a bit more food than two people needed, including both sticky and steamed rice, came to $32 before tax and tip, an incredible bargain in my book.

Enjoy,
Gary

Spoon Thai
4608 N Western
Chicago IL
773-769-1173

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