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Thai Terrace in Ballston

Harlan | May 2, 2003 11:57 PM

Thai Terrace has opened in just the last couple of weeks in an office building at Wilson and Quincy Streets in Arlington's Ballston neighborhood. We dined there tonight and had a fine, fine meal.

For appetizers we had a good beef salad, along with a dish of batter-fried squid and soft-shell crab. The batter was light and crisp, and the squid was tender.

We sampled their pad thai. The sauce was thick but not gooey, with the right level of sweetness.

The specials page lists a couple of dishes for each night of the week. One of Friday's is the "Floating Island", lobster turned out of its shell and scallops in a curry sauce. The sauce was rich and flavorful, and yet it did not overshadow the seafood, the freshness of which came right through. Both were lightly sweet. The scallops were delicate. The cooking was perfect.

Our only lament was the monotony of the garnish. Our eyesight will no doubt benefit from all those carrot shreds, but there are certainly other considerations.

We ended the meal with a shared dessert that on the check was listed as "banana cream pie". Now *that's* funny. In fact, it was two little fried pastry packets containing fried banana, a sort of cheese, and honey. These came with two generous scoops of ice cream, one mango, the other coconut encasing some frozen jackfruit. The jackfruit's flavor was muted by its frozen state. I thought the coconut ice cream's flavor was itself subtle, but my partner really enjoyed it. I thought the mango was the better of the two.

The Thai beer selection consisted of Singha and Singha Gold (which the waitress seemed to be calling "SingGo"). I had the latter, for my first time, and I thought it was much better than traditional Singha, which I find sudsy and unsatisfying.

Check before tip, with one beer and a soft drink: $57.

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