Friday, June 28, 2013
Tongue-searing satisfaction at SukhoThai
Not too long ago, my friend Anne and I decided to turn up the heat and try an oh-so-spicy lunch at SukhoThai on Magazine Street. The cavernous, sparsely decorated restaurant was only partially full when we arrived around noon. We were quickly seated at a table near the front window and offered ice water to guzzle while we perused the menu. There was a large selection of items, so it took us a while to choose, but we finally came to a decision and sat back to wait.
Although the wait between our appetizer and entree was a tad long, especially considering the server to diner ratio, we still couldn't help smiling with pleasure as our dishes came out pipping hot and served with a large bowl of sticky rice to share. Anne ordered the Crispy Pork & Chinese Broccoli that featured fried pork belly served atop a stew of stir-fried broccoli, garlic and red bell pepper in an oyster sauce. You can specify the level of spiciness you can handle and Anne braved the extreme "Thai hot," which is as hot as you can go at SukhoThai. I scored a few bites and I enjoyed the dish, and though it was pretty spicy, it was not intolerable for a lover of heat like Anne. The pork belly seemed all too much like cracklins to me, but we both agreed that the flavor popped once it soaked in the sauce for a bit.
In general, I am not a huge stickler on service. I figure if the food's good, I can put up with all manner of things. But I have to say, our server was woefully inattentive seeing as I had to actually get up and walk over to the servers chatting at the bar to finally get some chopsticks.
All in all, it was an enjoyable lunch, albeit pricey. Next time I'll probably order their lunch special that would only put me back $8.95 instead of $18.95. Oh well, live and learn!
Written by Kim Ranjbar