Dinner at Jitlada Thai Last Night...
- Drehound Jan 14, 2008 03:51 PM
I enjoyed a dinner last night at Jitlada Thai with a fellow hound. We made sure to order at least a few dishes from the Southern Thai menu - at the back of the menu. We started with the shrimp wrapped with noodles and fried which were actually very light. We had a papaya salad which was very spicy and fresh. We then had soft shell crabs in southern curry, prawns with glass noodles in a clay pot, and a whole sea bass seasoned with turmeric and fried with crunchy fried bits of garlic scattered on the top. We thoroughly enjoyed everything! I highly recommend!!
No I don't think it was all spicy. The prawns with glass noodles were from the Southern menu were not spicy by themselves,but they came with a delicious, but very spicy sauce on the side. Also the sea bas wasn't really spicy.... I am sure you can request some dishes be prepared more mild...they were very nice and accommodating!!!
Many of the Southern Thai dishes are spicy, but they are accommodating about toning it down a bit. My wife likes spicy, but not hot. They are very nice and can adjust the heat a bit.
The food is very good and the owners are really nice. They make you feel like you are eating in someone's house, rather than a restaurant.
The spicy sauce that comes on the side of the glass noodle dish is to die for! Also has wonderful thai iced tea, not too sweet. The papaya salad is so spicy but addicting.
Having lived near thai town for several years, I can say with certainty that this is the best, and most well-spiced, thai food in the area.
I'm one who enjoys a nice sweat on the brow with my meal, and Jazz (the owner) is happy to make food as spicy as you like it. Also, she won't hesitate to make sure its spicy enough by bringing different homeade sauces out from the back. Try the reddish spicy sauce with the steamed mussels for a real kick. They usually bring out a more greenish sauce with this dish, but if you ask, they'll bring out the special stuff.
With that said, those who I eat with do not always like to end up a sweaty mess at the dinner table, and I've gone here on multiple occaisions with people who enjoy flavor, but not the spiciest flavor. I have to say, this restaurant has not let my dining companions down in the slightest.
And that is exactly why Jitalda is the most well-spiced place in town: the range of mild to spicy is incredible, but flavor always comes first.
Jitalda is fast becoming an institution, and its reputation is extremely well deserved.
I had the soft shell crab last week and really enjoyed them.
The owners are super friendly! the atmosphere is soooo laid back and informal it might actually annoy certain people. Not me.
Also, this place is across the street from Safari Sam's if that helps you figure out when you might next go.