We arrived about an hour before service on a Saturday night and easily made it for the first seating. Standing in line was actually fairly entertaining between chatting with our fellow obsessives and people watching. It was quite fun to watch people staring at the unmarked door and the line that wound around the block, trying to determine just what in the heck was going on. About half of them would eventually work up the nerve to come ask someone in line to explain just what the heck was going on. I will admit after about the 10th person asked me, I did grow tired of explaining it.
Once seated in the small, dimly lit and loud dining room, everything went quite smoothly. The wait staff were friendly and warm without being annoying and generally provided great service. They were quite patient with our questions about dishes as they were delivered, offered suggestions about how to pair our veggie dish with the plates and stayed on top of keeping our glasses topped off. They had a small, but carefully edited wine list that included a few brilliantly matched Rieslings whose sweetness was a very cooling complement to the intense flavors of the Thai cuisine. We went with an Auslase which I initially feared was too sweet when tasting it alone, but once the heat started to build, it was the perfect match.
The flavors were intense and bold, blending not just heat from the chilis but a lot of intensely sour flavors as well. For me, the standout dishes were the lemongrass soup with mushrooms and pumpkin with the snakehead fish and the crispy rice with the sour pork. The last dish in particular was so intensely flavored that it was a challenge to my tolerance of both sour and chili heat, but I simply couldn't stop eating it. My dinner companion is much less tolerant of hot food than I am, but she ate everything on the menu, although I noticed that she ate very little of the crispy rice and pork. The much-raved over pork ribs were tender and delicately flavored, but not my favorite part of the meal. I think I had become so used to flavors dialed up to 11 that it just seemed a bit underwhelming by that point. Of course, it didn't stop me from happily munching them down.
The volume of food was perfect for me. You don't leave feeling like you will explode on the way out, like so many tasting menus, but neither could I imagine anyone would be hungry. If you are a big eater, you can just load up on balls of sticky rice dunked in the marvelous sauces like a true Thai.
I would be very happy to wait in line to do this again. The food was delicious and the value for the money is mind-boggling. My only quibble with the experience would be that the pacing of the meal was a bit overwhelming -- they brought the dishes out quite rapid-fire, presumably to enable them to turn the tables as quickly as they could to service the line that snaked around the corner. As a result, they got through 8 courses in less than 90 minutes, but the food was so good that I didn't really feel bothered.
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