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Jul 26, 2008 10:05 AM

Is it possible to get mild food at Jitlada?

My preference is for mild Thai food. Is it possible to get mild food at Jitlada... and if so, what do you recommend?

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  1. since the rush of the farang to jitlada since it's popularity boom and press -- it really isn't all that spicy. i tried to order spicy food there and really really tried to convince them to give me spicy food and it was (on a scale of 1-10) about a 5. so--i wouldn't worry about it and just tell your server you don't like spicy food (like all non-thais have apparenlty already done).

    1. This isn't a criticism of your palate but a simple observation (and maybe a bit of a complaint) that when people (usually white people) ask for their food "less spicy" at a newly discovered ethnic restaurant, this only has a deleterious affect on the overall flavor - in other words, the food invariably gets blander for EVERYONE who eats there, regardless of whether or not they ask for the food to be, in effect, westernized. This has definitely happened at Jitlada. Their spicy entrees were authentically fiery when I first started going there. Now, not so much. The chef basically gets worn down in the wake of these sort of requests and simply makes the food less hot (and in my opinion, less flavorful and authentic) across the board.

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      1. re: JeMange

        agreed. i had a similar experience at akbar where the server would not give me spicy food (even though they are VERY good at making spicy food) b/c he thought i would return it. apparently many customers order something spicy and then return it for being too spciy. in turn, the restaurant does not want to lose money (understandably) -- and just makes everything mild (since that's what the masses want). if i order for delivery or carryout -- i can still get it spicy. but not if i eat in the restaurnat.

        this has happened in most thai places i eat at and most indian. it is quite depressing. i wish that poeple who don't like spicy food would simply not order food with chilies in it (since they don't like it). . . .

      2. Well I strongly dissagree with dtud and JeMange! I like scorching spicy/hot, full flavored Thai hot, sour, sweet and salty food and have started exploring Jitlada's Southern Thai menu after it was translated by Eric M. from Chicago. When I let Jazz know what I like that is how it has been served. When I've gone for lunch and Jazz is not there her server didn't serve a salad as full flavored as I had ordered it but when I reminded her that I had ordered it Thai hot and spicy she quickly scooped it up and replaced it with an appology and a smile. She said that now she would remember me and that I really DO like my food Thai spicy. I agree that the influx of non-Thais that mostly order Pad Thai and Broccoli Beef has made the staff cautious but they care and will prepare the food according to the customers wishes!

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        1. re: sel

          And to clarify, I was speaking about this trend in general, not singling out Jitlada. That being said, I'll make sure to make my intentions clear the next time I'm there. There was some sort of slow cooked ribs on the Jitlada menu I remember getting last year that were savory and sweet but not at all hot. Not the greatest thing on their menu, but reasonably tasty.

          1. re: sel

            i'm speaking in general and at jitlada. at jitlada when i told her it wasn't spicy enough -- she brought me a small bowl of crushed pepper/diced chili in liquid and told me to add it to the food. . . . needless to say: no thanks. i'd rather if i could just have the food cooked spicy. one cannot achieve the same effect by adding chili afterwards -- the sauce needs to briefly cook with the chili to get adequate and authentic flavor.

            1. re: sel

              They give me very very very hot dishes and it is amazing. I eat very spicy and I was wiping my brows. Mmmmm.

            2. I don't find Thai food spicy at all -- be it northern, southern, or whatever. This includes the dishes at Jitlada, incl. off the menu stuff.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                curious ipsedixit - what cuisines do you find spicy? Were your taste-buds damaged as a child?

                1. re: JeMange

                  Certain Sichuan dishes (esp. the hotpots) and some of fish dishes from Hyderabadi cuisine.

                  No, tastebuds were not damaged as a child ... they were damaged as an adult.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  And I find that an SPF 6 sun screen does me just fine when I lay out on the sunny side of the planet Mercury to gain a nice bronze sheen. ;-D

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    There are things you can order that aren't HOT, but they are still spicy. I think if you don't want something HOT (with a lot of chilis) most restaurants can do that. But if you take the spice out or water it down, IMHO, what's the point? I've had dishes at Jitlada that weren't too hot, but had a fresh mix of flavors, which is what I love about Thai food.

                    I love authentic Thai food. Some of it will burn your tongue off. Most of the dishes have a unique blend of flavors and ingredients that are essential to the experience of eating Thai food.

                    Some places will tone things down for Westerners. I have even had that happen in Thailand where I had to tell them I wanted "Thai Taste". But I don't know about Thai food not being spicy. I've been to some Isan restaurants that were delicious, but bordered on masochistic because they were so hot.

                    1. re: bsquared2

                      Are you responding to me? Cuz, if you are, I'm not sure what you're responding to ...

                  2. The coco-mango salad: not spicy at all but amazingly good.