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jitlada for a party of 4 - what to order?

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I'm thinking of taking some friends out to Jitlada for dinner on Sat. night . i've never been, and heard good things. can anyone recommend what time to go? what not to miss. my normal go to thai restaurant is Ruen Pair which I love. should I try Jitlada?

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

Ruen Pair Restaurant
5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. The Southern Thai and seafood portions of Jitlada's menu are more exotic and exciting than what Ruen Pair offers. In my opinion, the dishes are more delicious as well. As far as ordering goes, that's hard because the menu is massive and so many dishes are so good. My advice would be to ignore everything but the Southern Thai and seafood sections. Then, order what looks interesting and tasty, keeping in mind that balance is an all-important aspect of a meal to Thai people. Seafood is usually much better at Jitlada than at other Thai restaurants.

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

    Ruen Pair Restaurant
    5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    1. Consult with Jazz. She will lead you to a great meal if you let her know your preferences and dislikes or perhaps things you've been interested in trying but have never had the opportunity.

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      1. re: Servorg

        agree

      2. I find Ruen Pair has really deteriorated of late.
        Jitlada ought to be a very nice surprise for you.
        <<What time to go?>>
        Anytime
        <<What not to miss?>>
        Anything they recommend and a lot of things they don't even mention. The menu is huge. The green mussels get tons of well deserved praise as do Southern Thai dishes.

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

        Ruen Pair Restaurant
        5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Those green mussels are sensational, yet one must enjoy the larger than life variety - if you want the small ones, well, order clams!
          The spicier dishes are the best, aka Issan, seen on the back pages of the menu.
          While the morning glory salad has many devotees, to me it tastes of not much more than deep fried fat, with no discernable taste to the morning glory itself.
          Was there 2-3 weeks ago, had planned on going Dec. 26, yet they were closed.
          Hmmm - time to replan that visit!

          1. re: carter

            I love Jitlada's humongous mussels -- not only the much lauded garlicky version but also the version in a green curry sauce on the new menu. I agree that this is a great thing to order.

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

        2. Deep fried shrimp (kung phae chup khreuang thawt)

          Green curry with fish balls stuffed with salted duck yolk (Kaeng khiaw-waan khai)

          Grilled chicken with papaya salad (Muu neua maeh chan)

          Eel soup "demon style" (tom pret plaa lai)

          Turmeric lamb curry (kaeng tai kae)

          Soft-shelled crabs with curry powder (puu nim phat phong ka-ri)

          1. my favorites are:
            - crispy morning glory salad
            - whole fried sea bass with spicy mango topping
            - anything with sator beans (super funky)
            - green curry but ask Jazz to make it super spicy
            - jungle curry