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Thai Square - review

frustrated mom | Nov 23, 2003 01:44 PM

My husband, my daughter (12) and I had dinner at Thai Square last night. I had forgotten how good Thai food could be. My thanks to the chowhounds who recommended it. I am wondering if my disillusionment with Thai restaurants has more to do with that in moving from VA to MD we traded great Thai for great Chinese. We had:

Sun dried pork marinated in soy sauce, deep-fried and served with sriracha sauce – wonderfully meaty and chewy

Papaya salad – spicy, well balanced sweet, sour etc. with the dried shrimp that are unfortunately been replaced by grilled shrimp at other places

Chicken satay – moist, well-grilled skewers with a good peanut dipping sauce

Drunken noodles – brought back memories of the drunken noodles that we used to eat at a restaurant that I think was on glebe near wilson about 10 years ago, nice smoky and spicy sauce on chewy fresh rice noodles

Honey roasted duck with basil – addictive crunchy sweet pieces of deep fried duck garnished with deep fried basil

Vegetarian red curry – again a good balance of flavors, I love the veggie version since the meat usually does not add much to the wonderful coconut curry sauce

Catfish sautéed with Thai eggplant, basil, chilies, and chili paste – not our favorite, the fish was actually deep fried and the sauce did not stand out as much as the others, the large amount of holy basil was the saving grace of this dish

Mango with sticky rice – one dish that all Thai restaurants seem to do well

Bua loi Sweetened coconut milk soup with taro, lotus, and shards of coconut – delicious and a lot of fun trying to figure out what all of the colorful bits are. One of the people working there (the manager?) upon seeing us fishing around identified everything for us

The food was wonderful and the service very accommodating (although slightly incredulous when we ordered everything spicy). We are definitely planning to return soon.

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