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Spoon Thai - another happy customer

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Spoon Thai - another happy customer

Al | Feb 17, 2003 12:08 PM

Saturday night, my wife and I went out for a belated Valentines Day dinner at Spoon Thai. In my previous job, I would drive past ST quite a few time a week, but never stopped. Thanks to this board for another find. I used Gary, Rob, and our waitress for some advice of highlights from the Thai menu. We had a great dinner. As much as I love Thai Aree, the food seemed to be a totally different style; even from Eddie's off menu items. I am not sure if everything we ordered was Issan or not. The room is also very tasteful for a storefront Thai restaurant. You can tell they are really trying hard. The owner and our waitress were very friendly and helpful. By the way, it is BYOB.

We really wanted the Thai One Bite Salad which Rob highly recommended. It took a little while for our waitress to figure it out, but she agreed. Unfortunately, she returned to tell us it was unavailable that evening.

We started with marinated Thai fried chicken, with its sweet and hot dipping sauce. Flavorful and moist, perfectly fryed. It was very good, but out least favorite dish of the evening.

Next came a recommendation from our waitress for an alternative for the one bite salad. #111 Kanom Buang Yuan (from the regular menu, which she reassured me is very good when I said I wanted to stay with the Thai menu), Thin crispy omlette stuffed with shrimp, coconut, bean sprouts, and tofu. Served with cucumber/chili salad. This was a great dish. Bright flavors with great texture.

Catfish salad was next. Gary's comments about it having a granular texture don't tell the whole story. I expected small nuggets of fried catfish, instead it resembles a sea sponge. It disintregrates in your mouth. The fish is served with diced red onions, peanuts, cilantro, scallions and a great dressing of fresh lemon juice, fish sauce and sugar. Like nothing you have ever eaten before. Very addicting. While we liked it right away, the more we ate the more we like it. This might also be beacuse as you get down to the bottom, you get more of the wonderful dressing.

The last, and best, dish was a special written in Thai on the wall. Whitefish stirfried in a spicy Tamarind sauce with cilantro. Just awesome. Great depth of flavor. We had both regular and sticky rice with this dish.

This awesome dinner for two was $31. I called ahead for a 7pm reservation, since Rob commented that they seemed to be getting busier, but it wasn't needed. Quite a few empty tables. When we left we felt a little guilty, that we enjoyed it so much. It almost seemed like we were cheating on Eddie and Anne.

We passed on dessert. We had to stop at Whole Foods for a few last minute items for Sunday's cassoulet and we picked up a couple of Carol's cookies in their bakery. Dissapointing. We got a brownie cookie and a sugar cookie. We felt the brownie one was too sweet and the sugar was undercooked, raw cookie dough.

Cheers,
Al

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