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Thai Satay in San Mateo

Kim Cooper | Sep 8, 2002 01:31 AM

Tonight we took a friend to Thai Satay Restaurant in San Mateo. We chose it because we had a coupon for it – apparently it has changed hands.
We started with Papaya Salad. It was fresh. It was fairly bland – I expected more snap to it.
Next was the Crispy Calimari. It was tender, not at all rubbery. It was not particularly greasy, but had a bit too much breading. No seasoning in the breading, but a nice sweet sauce to spoon over it. Good but not great.
Next was one of the Specials – Roast Duck in Green Curry. It was spectacular—one of the best I’ve ever had. Very tasty, just the right amount of heat, and the sauce stayed delicious past the first tastes. The duck was tender with crispy skin. There was a nice balance of vegetables in it, including zucchini, carrot, and others. It seemed like there wasn’t enough of it, but maybe that’s because it was so good.
We finished with dessert – the waiter had come over and recited the desserts and we replied by asking for mango with sticky rice, which he hadn’t mentioned. It took a while but it was excellent, with a lemony flavor that was unusual. We discovered later that it had taken a while, presumably, because it wasn’t on the menu.
The portions were just a tiny bit on the small side – so we left satisfied but not overfull.
Our coupon covered one main dish. Including the coupon, two glasses of wine, one Thai Iced Tea, tax and tip, it came to $40.
We barely touched the surface of the fairly long menu, which included some dishes we hadn’t seen before. We will go back and try other things – and probably the Duck Green Curry again.
Thai Satay
173 E. Fourth Avenue (near Ellsworth)
San Mateo, CA 94401
650) 342-3617, 650) 342-6451
Sun. - Thur. 11am - 10pm
Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm

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