Sherman's Food Adventures: Jitlada Thai

Jitlada Thai

Every now and then, Choobee pesters me to have lunch with her.  Hey, I'm not trying to avoid her (well, actually that's probably true...), but with our busy schedules, it's just hard to coordinate a time to meet up and eat.  Finally, the planets aligned and her persistent texts paid off. In fact, by sheer coincidence, we were roughly around the same area when she texted her usual lunch request.  Her suggestion was Jitlada Thai, which was formerly the location of CRU.

We started with a Spring Roll plated nicely as an appetizer.  I know it's a small detail, but we liked how it wasn't served on the same plate as our mains.  The spring roll itself was light where the filling of cabbage and cellophane noodles were not packed too tightly.  It was certainly crispy but slightly greasy.  The first dish to arrive was the Pad Thai and it had all the requisite ingredients such as pickled turnip, pressed tofu, sprouts, crushed peanuts and egg.  However, we found it a touch too sweet with a liberal use of palm sugar. It needed tartness in the form of more tamarind.  This was alleviated somewhat when we requested some lime wedges.

The Green Curry arrived sporting a stunningly vibrant colour as they must've used a good amount of fresh cilantro and basil in the paste.  Visuals aside, the curry itself was lacking some pop even though it had a good spice level.  It was missing that pungency from fish sauce and shrimp paste.  However, the flavours were quite bright, which went along with the colour.  Lastly, we had the Basil Pork Stir-fry.  I thought this was prepared very nicely as the pork was caramelized with plenty of sweetness from the palm sugar.  Naturally, there was also a nice hit from the ample amount of fresh basil.  "Not bad" was our opinion of the place.  Certainly deserves another look sometime, possibly for dinner.

The Good:
- Food appears to relatively authentic
- Nice digs
- Attentive service

The Bad:
- Some of the flavours could've been more powerful

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