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Mar 25, 2010 10:01 AM

Jitlada - first time visit

Here are my thoughts on my first time visit

Food A-
Price B+
Service B- (they were very nice, just not enough servers)
Would I go back? Yes, Defenitely
Bottom Line: Looking forward to trying more dishes on next visit

Grade: A
Crispy Morning Glory Salad - Fried Chinese Watercress salad with batter mix topped with fresh shrimp and a spicy house dressing $12.95
Excellent unique dish. Highly recommend.

Grade: A-
Thai Honey Ribs barbequed marinated pork ribs soft $9.95
grey in appearence but taste more than made up for it. Moist, fantastic ribs - the meat pulled right off the bone and sauce complemented the rib perfectly

Grade: C+ (Mussels) A- (Broth)
Steam Mussel fresh new zealand green missed steamed with lemon grass and mint leaves served with chili and garlic sauce $12.95
The quality of the mussels was very much lacking -- also way to big. The broth was very nice - with a hint of heat that catches up on you. Next time plan to get the soup / no mussels

Grade: B
Soft Shell Crab Roll. Deep Fried Softshee crab with fresh vegetables and glass noodles wrapped in steamed rice paper with house sauce
Fresh quality dish, but there was a real absense of any soft shell crab.

Grade: B
Sticky Rice $2.00

5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. Did you see anyone having the catfish which is supposed to be one of their specials?

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    1. re: orythedog

      The crispy catfish salad (and other catfish dishes) was on the menu, but waitress said try Morning Glory salad first -- crispy catfish is defenitely on my list for second time visit foods.

    2. I've never understood why the mussels get so much love. I mean, they're fine, but other dishes on the specials menu shine much brighter like the green curry with fishball and salted yolk and the turmeric fish.

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        I agree wholeheartedly about the mussels.

        Also, if you're looking for soft shell crab, I would've gone w/ one of the curry dishes instead of the roll.

        1. re: andytseng

          I like the curry simmered with tea leaves and snails. That's some good eatin'. And the rice salad.

          1. re: bsquared2

            Where is the rice salad on the menu? It's one of my favorites too but when I looked at the menu yesterday I swear it wasn't there.

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              The Khao Yam? It's on the menu and it is one of the dishes that they are famous for. If you ask for it, they will make it for you. We get it every time we go there. I could eat it every day.

          2. re: andytseng

            Another one not smitten by the mussels.

            1. re: burntwater

              I like the mussels with green curry better than the garlicky mussels, which are quite good IMO. It's rare for a Thai restaurant to serve mussels of the high quality that Jitlada serves. Still, I agree that there are several more exciting dishes on the menu.

              5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          3. re: SauceSupreme

            I think the better dish is actually the one with catfish steaks in a curry coconut milk broth. Good sh!t.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              what about the dishes with the tea leaves? I've never had anything like that. I'm crazy for curry coconut and catfish so that sounds hard to beat

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I like that catfish dish too. We've been ordering that for many years, always consistently good.

            2. Thanks for the report. I'm going to be in LA in a week and Jitlada is on my to eat at list. The morning glory salad sounds so unique. Is the broth the mussels are cooked in something you can get sans mussels?

              5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              1. An existential question: can one be said to have eaten at Jitlada if one has not gotten the kua kling, either with beef or lamb?

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                  1. re: mc michael

                    I concur. Moreover, I also recommend people order their food maybe one level spicier than their normal tolerance level, all the while knowing that a Southern Thai person would have gotten it even spicier.

                    1. re: mc michael

                      I've taken a lot of people to Jitlada. While they were somewhat receptive to the Southern Thai dishes, the kua kling is just too much. Delicious, but some people need to work up to it. Another dish I like is the curry with the fish balls w/ egg inside. Really tasty and fun to eat.

                      5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                        1. re: starre

                          Green curry ("kaeng khiaw-wan")

                          I actually think the khua kling and the green curry go great together, as the sweetness of the soupy curry helps take the edge off, while the heat of the dry curry helps bolster the soup. But yeah, that green curry is the bees knees.

                          1. re: SauceSupreme

                            I'll use that logic on my wife next time we go there. The dry curry is just too spicy for her. I can get by with the green curry.

                        2. re: bsquared2

                          Maybe I was just unlucky, but the green curry with fish balls was the only thing at Jitlada that I *didn't* love. The curry itself was OK, if unremarkable, but the fish balls were so impossibly rubbery (perhaps undercooked?) that it was like eating SuperBalls with salty yolks.

                          But the rice salad, and the catfish, and the dry curries, and, er, whatever that shrimp dish served in the escargot dish is called .... mmmmmmmmm.

                      1. re: conor610

                        That dry curry is the bomb -- literally and figuratively lol.

                      2. How would describe the fish balls? Fresh?

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                        1. re: 1newyorkguy

                          That sounds like a set up for a joke.

                          I assume they are as fresh as fish balls get. At most Thai restaurants, fish balls (and meat balls) tend to have a little 'spring' to them. I do know that the curry is very tasty and the fish balls are good. The egg inside is the hook.

                              1. re: mollyomormon

                                Well, there is the Lobster Quadrille but the younger fish tend to prefer school dances.

                                1. re: New Trial

                                  that made me snort. thanks for the laugh.