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Sep 6, 2013 02:57 PM

Thai E-sarn

Noticed today driving home that Tom Yum Koong II in Arlington Heights has been replaced by Thai E-sarn. It's not open yet. Does anyone have any more information about this place?

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  1. Sorry, no info, but with that name I'm wondering if it might specifically be northern Thai cuisine. Which would be pretty incredible, if you think about it, that the Arlington food scene is now developing to the point that we're getting specific regional Thai food. I hope that this works out -- I don't want to have to trek over to Thai North if we have an alternative in our own back yard.

    1. I saw signs today proclaiming Grand Opening on Monday, Sep. 23. "Free appetizer sampler."

      1. this was mentioned on the monthly closings thread- you may want to find that. i think it was suggested that the menu would be the same or near.

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        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Stopped in yesterday to get a menu....nothing unique that I could see...

        2. Stopped by for lunch today, the interior looks nice but I never visited TYKII so I don;t know if anything has changed. Looks like the normal extensive Thai menu, nothing special but they have a good amount of dishes available for lunch and they all come with either Tofu Soup or Salad. I had the salad with my lunch and it was just lettuce and some julienned carrots with a small tomato and a home made dressing. I ordered the Duck Noodle Soup and the soup itself was OK, the noodles were cooked well, not mushy at all but the duck was dry. There was one slice that was OK. The service was very nice and I'll be back to try some more dishes.


          1. Tried it for lunch last week. Just not good. Ordered the crispy chicken basil and it was anything but. The chicken was cooked to death, then covered with bread crumbs and fried. Just awful. Plus there was no basil in the dish.
            The entire experience was totally blah. Absolutely nothing special here and the lack of enthusiasm from the waitress sealed the deal that we won't be back.

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            1. re: Walthamfoodman

              Thanks for taking one for the team, sorry it was so lame.