A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how, ironically, the Pad Thai at Pad Thai Kitchen paled in comparison to the flavorful curries I'd taken out from the Woodland Street eatery. Well, on Tuesday I ate in-house for the first time and had a completely different experience.
I don't know if it was the time my original order spent sitting in the take-out box or just a matter of ironing out the kinks, but the beautiful, steaming plate of goodness we were served for lunch bore no resemblance to that pale facsimile. Tossed with Chinese chives and excellent al dente bean sprouts, this version came out of the kitchen piping hot, dotted with chopped peanuts and crispy squares of tofu. We had ordered it a bit spicy and the heat helped cut the dish's signature sweetness. We practically licked the plate.
We also ordered the larb with chicken. A spicy salad of shredded meat, mint, lime, red onion and chilis, the dish came with a side of cabbage (very traditional). It was spicy, light and delicious. I can't wait to try the other salads on their menu.