I read all the posts about how this place was "surprisingly good" and, in one person's opinion, a possible "Sripraphai rival." Walked in, heard everybody speaking Thai, walked out with food. On arriving home and tucking in, I was more than a little disappointed.
The usual defects: minimal fish sauce, everything overly sweet, sliced carrots and baby corn inexplicably included in many dishes.
Please, no need to tell me about how these renderings of dishes are expected of Thai chefs, etc. That's not my point.
I'd like to see Thai places (this place in particular, because I _wanted_ to like it; people were so nice) maybe put the usual crapola under a menu heading like "American Thai" and the typical shit under "Authentic Thai." Or something.
I had a chance meeting w/ someone who posts regularly on these boards. They said that when the young folks who really 'get' Thai food mature, they'll be able to leverage their numbers and higher salaries to get restauranteurs to cook real Thai food. I told her that the people I met in, say, Sripraphai who were the most demanding about Thai food were either Viet Nam vets, oil workers who generally take leave in Thailand or sexpats. Older folks. Say what you will of them. I don't care. Regardless of my my moral judgment, the demographics are important - there's a lot of people other than a couple dozen Cobble Hill 20-somethings on the food message boards who are willing to travel for real Thai food. And that's to say nothing of Thais.