Two dinners in Ithaca
Visiting our son, who's attending a summer program at Cornell, we went Friday night to Taste of Thai. The food was good, but the service left something to be desired. We ordered three main courses, plus a satay as an appetizer. We ordered the mains with "3" (out of 5) spiciness. Shortly thereafter, the three mains were brought and the waiter disappeared quickly. My red curry was nicely spiced (just right for a 3 I thought), but the chicken soup my husband ordered tasted like it had no spice at all. After about 10 minutes, we hadn't been able to get the attention of anyone, plus I wanted to order another beer, but we couldn't get a glance. Also, no satay. Finally we got someone, satay will be here soon, and I'll give him credit, the waiter was nice to offer a selection of spices for us to adjust ourselves. Eventually (after our mains were done) the satay arrived. So all in all, the food was good, but the staff was clearly running ragged.
Last night we went to NorthStar. We arrived shortly after opening, as they don't take reservations, and sat outside. It was a very lovely evening, the waitstaff was pleasant and not rushed, and it was a very nice birthday dinner for me. The three of us had lemon pasta, crab cakes, and salmon. All good. Highly recommended. By the time we left around 6:30 the place was quite full.
Thanks for sharing!
Haven't felt compelled to dine at Taste of Thai lately, this remind me that takeout is just fine.
Crabcakes at Northstar are just about as good as it get around here- chef spent a fair amount of time in Maryland, and I could tell the 1st time I tried them. Haven't tried the other 2 dishes, will be glad to with the recommendation!