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Sala Thai

Postby Shipley » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:35 pm

The Book Police and I took in a dinner together this evening and though the conversation mostly steered toward why some forons hate us, it was enjoyable.

It was dinner time on a Wednesday. Didn't expect to have to make a reservation, but sure enough at 6:30 there was actually a packed house and we had to wait probably 25 minutes for a table.

Once seated we were immediately served water with a slice of lemon. Normally I wouldn't note such attentiveness to provide one of the basic needs of the human body, but it was the only drink offered. There looked to be juice over near the kitchen, but I was fine with water.

The place wasn't that big, I was kinda glad I'd forgotten to alarm the forons I promised a night out to, since we'd have had trouble with more than 4. I'll scout a room thats bigger next time. The front window was decorated with a fountain and quite a few plants. We were in the table against the wall in front of the window, able to keep an eye out for potential assassins (Bucky, etc) or the reclusive blunt. View included a house across the street that had several shaved and/or disabled cats in the yard.

The menu looked to have Thai, Laos, Indian, and some Chinese for good measure.

I had the... well I can't remember what it was called, but it was ginger, onions, baby corn, peppers, and chicken. It was pretty good and for eight bucks, quite a lot of food. I took a box home and I'll finish the rest for lunch tomorrow.

Staff once seated were prompt and friendly. Place was packed, but never felt too crowded and didn't notice service lacking.

I'd go back, and be more adventurous than "the chicken" next time.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:48 pm

I had the pad phet pla duke, and was too chickenshit to attempt to pronounce it. My restaurant Thai is nonexistent, but I probably should have Berlitzed up and at least made an effort.

Anyway, it was a deep-fried catfish with red curry, coconut milk, bamboo, mushrooms and basil. Definitely strong on the basil, but the catfish was tasty and well-fried. Slightly pricier ($13 or so), but still more than enough for two meals. Quite good.

For a new place with a lot of folks who probably don't speak English as their native tongue, Sala Thai appears to be very welcoming to the idiosyncrasies of American diners ("can you split the check?").

The only crowding I felt was from the 6 year old who was fascinated with the fountain right next to our table.

Again, you're all a terrible disappointment to me.
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Postby monsterface » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:45 am

Just so everyone knows, The Corner Store on Willy Street changed owners a few months ago, maybe as far back as January. Pone(sp?) and her husband were the former owners, and they received so much postive feedback on their food that they decided to open up Sala Thai. I haven't been there quite yet, but I know I will soon, for sake of loyalty to Pone, who is a tremendous chef and a delight just as a person.

If you liked the food at The Corner Store, then go to Sala Thai and support them even more in their brave, new adventure!
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Postby blunt » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:34 pm

Darn it, Ship and Book.
The whole point of this in the first place was to meet you two.
I told you I couldnt do Wednesday but was free Friday on.
Sigh.
The chickenshit sounds good, though.
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Postby Shipley » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:19 pm

Well good. Next time we'll make sure you can come and we can focus completely on unraveling the mystery of blunt.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:31 pm

blunt wrote:but was free Friday on.

Now I get it! Eureka and all that.

Can you make it all the way to the 2700 block of Atwood on your unicorn?
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Postby Elliot » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:11 pm

ohhhhhh Africana?
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Postby Shipley » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:36 pm

QUIET, no one has eaten there yet!
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Postby blunt » Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:16 am

TheBookPolice wrote:
blunt wrote:but was free Friday on.

Now I get it! Eureka and all that.

Can you make it all the way to the 2700 block of Atwood on your unicorn?


If I lighten the load and dump out some of the glitter from my Partridge Family lunchbox.
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Postby Rosemary » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:09 am

Shipley wrote:QUIET, no one has eaten there yet!


But it's not open yet! [/cap'n obvious]

I would like to dine with a couple few forons at either place. Perhaps that's why I've been holding out on Sala. I'll get there sooner than later, though.

EDIT: speaking of forons, I expect to see you all at the Malt House next week.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:15 am

Rosemary wrote:
Shipley wrote:QUIET, no one has eaten there yet!


But it's not open yet! [/cap'n obvious]

I would like to dine with a couple few forons at either place. Perhaps that's why I've been holding out on Sala. I'll get there sooner than later, though.

EDIT: speaking of forons, I expect to see you all at the Malt House next week.

Actually, it opened on Thursday. :oops:
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Postby meowzamusic » Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:56 pm

No hours posted, hasily hand scribbled "We're OPEN" sign on the window.
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Postby Rosemary » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:04 pm

meowzamusic wrote:No hours posted, hasily hand scribbled "We're OPEN" sign on the window.


oof

Guess I'll be there soon!
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Postby TheBookPolice » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:06 pm

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Postby Rosemary » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:08 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:http://www.africarestolounge.com/


I looked at that a week or two ago and was drooling -- thanks again, man!
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