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how's the gai tod (new finishing course) at Little Serow?

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Its my last week in dc, and i'm debating returning to little serow vs. going somewhere i haven't been yet. i was a big fan of little serow, but *loved* the whiskey mekong ribs they'd been doing. the first courses all seem like minor variations of what i've already had (which is good, but not a draw over trying somewhere new).

has anyone had the gai tod? how does it compare to the ribs (as much as a comparison can be made, i recognize they are very different dishes).

thanks!

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  1. well. answered my own question. pretty tasty- its a sweet, garlicky fry, not spicy (keeping in line with the ribs of not having the last course be spicy) and the holy basil adds a really nice touch to it. it's not quite as seductive as the ribs, but its a worthy last course. also, there was a bit more changeup than i'd expected in the earlier courses. the catfish is now served as a whole filet and is very moist, and one of the salads has a hefty amount of pork. i found it to be a more substantive amount of food than the last time i went (back in early june).

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    1. re: valcfield

      Thank you for the update! Will be visiting Little Serow soon and had my heart set on the ribs. Glad to hear the gai tod did not disappoint.

      1. re: oysterspearls

        I enjoyed the wings a great deal (valcfield's description is spot on), but I never had the ribs to compare. It wasn't the very best dish of the night, however, perhaps because by then I was in a daze from the earlier dishes. My write-up at rockwell:

        Went last night for the first time in a while. Menu below. Everything -- every single dish -- was really great. The corn and the pork in particular. Contra [another poster], not a single one of them tasted anything like any of the others (but perhaps this was a lucky menu week). And whereas on my last visit the portions seemed a bit skimpy for a table for four (but not really -- because of the fantastic sticky rice, herbs, eggplant, etc.), this time there was, if anything, too much food: Because it was all so good, I kept eating and just about didn't have room for the best chicken wings I've ever had. (I'm not suggesting the kitchen cut back on the portion size -- just warning readers not to fill up on rice!)

        And that's in addition to all its other virtues -- impeccable pacing, warm hospitality, genuine enthusiasm (even at the very end of the week), great wines and beers (even post-Kat), a fantastic soundtrack, etc. (Helpful hint: If the noise level deters you, go later at night, when the music and the crowd are quieter -- conversation was very easy, even whilst being serenaded by Television (Marquee Moon, not the Olympics) and the Clash (both released before Johnny and Anne were born, btw!).)

        I can see why some people think it's a bit steep as compared to, say, Bangkok Golden (another wonderful meal, but really, a different thing entirely); but the first-timers with us last night thought $45 was a steal for food and a dining experience of this caliber. It might be $30 if it were in Falls Church; but it'd be $80+ if it were in Manhattan. Methinks $45 is just right.

        1. kaap muu
        green chilies / shrimp paste / shallots

        2. som tum khao pod
        corn / dried shrimp / bla rah

        3. tom sap
        shrimp / mushroom / lime leaves

        4. laap chiang mai
        pork / lemongrass / sawtooth

        5. khao tod
        crispy rice / mint / peanuts

        6. pla duk nueng ma nao
        catfish / garlic / khi nu chilies

        7. gai tod
        chicken / holy basil / crispy garlic

        8. nibbles of coconut cream/coconut cake concoction -- perfect ending