cool place to hang out, and reasonable prices.
cool place to hang out, and reasonable prices.
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Dear Klong, where have you been all of my life?! I cannot even begin to explain how long I have waited to try this unreal Thai restaurant. It has been on my list for years, and there have been several fruitless visitation attempts, which have all instead resulted in my navigating to a different destination. I finally made it to the fun spot recently and was so hooked that I enjoyed its cuisine twice in one week.
My first trip was in person. I must warn you that this spot is very hard to find. It's floor-to-ceiling windows do little to expose the dimly lit interior, and its only signage was a pale scrawling of the restaurant's name across the door. As a matter of fact, one of my friends was trying to locate the destination recently, but gave up after pacing the block several times. Once inside and seated at one of the spot's tight tables, I had a chance to survey the room and found a hip, yet casual, crowd. The room transported diners from the eccentric St. Marks Place to the calm of the forest with its dark brown decor, large golden decoration that resembled a massive tree branch, and a narrow stream of water that circulated behind my seat. My friend and I were impressed by the visuals, but our olfactory senses were even more stimulated by the tantalizing scents wafting around the dining room.
We were starving on this late Thursday evening and jumped right into the meal. The Klong Special Pomegranate Walnut Duck was a sweet plate composed of sliced, crisp duck plated over stir-fried bok choy and the largest walnuts I have ever seen. A thick and syrupy pomegranate red wine sauce was a fantastically fruity compliment to the dish, and, while quite tart, did not overpower the flavor of the smokey bird. A side of brown rice (brown at an additional $2) was a much appreciate accompaniment to soak up the remaining sauce. The Klong Pad Thai was an interesting take on what we Americans consider this noodle dish to resemble. As with Pad Thai from street cooks in Thailand, these glass noodles were served with a fried egg. However, their version was a bit more creative, being tightly wrapped within a giant egg white like a large omelet. Each forkful exposed an oozy mass of vermicelli with jumbo shrimp, tasty scallops, massive mussels, tender calamari, sweet tofu, crunchy bean sprouts, bold scallions, crushed peanuts, and a fragrant sauce of tamarind and coconut milk.
In addition to the terrific food, we were appreciative to receive such efficient service and fresh ingredients during such a crowded time. In addition, the affordable prices and large portions made Klong a fantastic deal.
As I mentioned, I was so in love with this exemplification of Thai food excellence that I recommended it for a corporate lunch delivery only a few days later. The food arrived quickly and without error.
This time I attempted to try some new dishes. The fried Tofu Tod appetizer was coated with crushed peanuts and a sweet chili glaze. Though this dish was almost as sweet as a dessert, it made for an enjoyable start to or accompaniment with the main course. For my entree, I enjoyed the Thai Stick specialty. Three large grilled chicken breasts were each skewered by a thick stick of lemongrass. A sweet and spicy aioli marinade added to the lemongrass' Asian flare that permeated throughout the meat. A finely diced salsa of peppers, mangoes, cilantro, basil, sesame, and scallions topped the dish, while steamed buckwheat noodles acted as the starch. The meal was well-composed and packed with flavor. My Thai-loving colleagues were also quite satisfied with their dishes.
Klong is a fantastic spot that combines traditional Thai cooking methods with a trendy atmosphere. It is definitely worth a visit, and also provides for an efficient delivery option.
Insulting anti American sentiment on the menu how spicy food can't be adjusted for American tastes as if every American can't handle spicy food. Our food was good, but not nearly as spicy as they made it seem. At the beginning things were going ok. Shared a meal and chit-chatted with an old friend. Throughout the time the bus boy refilled our water. The waitress came by once to ask if our food was ok. When the bill came we paid in cash and left a tip according to the service and what we could afford. The waitress comes back with the change/tip and asked if that was all we intended to leave. She asked if anything was wrong with the service. When we told her no, it was ok she began to insist that guests normally leave a 20% tip and ours was only around 10%. We explained that we left a tip according to the cash we had on hand and offered to put the bill on a credit card if she could return our cash so that we could leave a tip from that. Even with that offer she was not pleased and continued to rant and rave as to how we should’ve initially at least doubled the tax. I am not normally an argumentative person but I asked, "What’s wrong with us just leaving the tip we could give? What if we couldn't give more?" I continued, "The bill doesn't have a suggested tip printed on there and if you charge all guests a 20% tip it should be included on the bill!" She leaned in closer to us and said that it’s illegal for them to include the tip on a bill for parties less than 6 people. "Exactly!" I exclaimed, "That’s my point! You can't force us to give you more of a tip!" At this point she said she would go get our cash back so we could charge it and leave more of a tip as we'd suggested earlier. By that time it was too late. I told her that I was going to write a review about the service and the ridiculous situation. She told us to never come back again. Trust me, I never will.
i am a vegetarian and was given meat by klong.
no apology from manager, not any refund was given.
Will come back