Okay so, last night having decided that the over 5 minutes before evening talking to a hostess at Pizza D.O.C. was not generally a good sign that sitting, let alone eating, was doing to happen quickly, my gf. and I decided to try Spoon instead.
I am a huge fan of Opart Thai House just up the street, so have not been to Spoon before, neither had my gf.
My overall impression - Spoon is good, definitely better than many Thai places in the city, but I don't think it compares at all to Opart where there are dishes that I have never seen anywhere else and which I find myself craving on a frequent basis. Spoon, in contrast, was much more ordinary in my opinion.
We tried to order dishes that were unique or special, but, for example, did not see any of the dishes with the sausage that was the subject of debate here.
My gf started with a Thom Kha chicken soup, very nice but to my taste just about the same as the Thom Kha I get most places.
I had an appetizer that was described as Coconut, Shrimp, Eggs, Sprouts and some other items - sounded better than the final product which while tasty seemed to be lacking in something.
For her entree my gf ordered the Papapya Salad, which was probably the best dish of the ones we ordered. Tasty, and nicely spicy, but again, nothing exceptional.
I ordered an unusual sounding rice dish with apple, egg, and "sweet pork". Very good, but also seemingly lacking in someting that would push it to the realm of something special. I enjoyed it, but probably would not seek it out.
We saw noodle and curry dishes at many of the tables around us (the place was just half full on a Saturday night). Most looked good, but nothing stood out as really exceptional.
What is it that people see at Spoon that they find so exceptional? And specifically, what is it that people find there that they don't find at Opart?
At Opart I always order the "Tiger Cry" which is a really amazing dish of nearly prime beef, lightly marinated and grilled served with a spicy tomatoe sauce - really amazingly good. I frequently get the Pad Thai which is very good and reasonably portioned, or the Gang Gari which is a curry dish with sweet potatoes. With a large group I'll get the Potack soup which is very good, can be very spciy and is quite tasty. I've also really enjoyed a spicy shrimp dish wihch I order.
So my verdict, of the four Thai places in Linconl Square, Opart is my destination spot.
Perhaps I missed something, if so, I'll give Spoon another try.