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Re: “Sa-Wad-Dee Thai Restaurant

Chicken Panang Curry.

I think from now on, I will use that term for everything I find otherwise indescribably awesome.

My introduction to Thai food was a very brief, shy, little interlude, but quickly grew into an obsessive, passionate love affair... replete with dirty little things that ladies don't speak about in polite company. Like what I imagine most stay-at-home moms are doing these days, I watch a lot of Food Network and Travel Channel, desperately wishing I had bought into some kindling stock during the dotcom era so that I could be as cool as THOSE guys... you know, Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, etc... and travel the world JUST so I could eat something not tainted by American culinary school. I've been craving something unusual and delicious and fun and... yeah well, foreign.

So when I walked into Sa-Wad-Dee and simply smelled the place, I knew that the object of my desire was near... I had only to identify it among the many pages of hard-cover-bound menu. My recommendation is that, unless you know their menu really well, don't go when you're starving. Their menu is huge! You need a good ten or fifteen minutes just to look through everything in it. And you have the sense that if you make a decision too quickly, you'll be missing something wonderful. So, of course, even when something looks good, you have to continue flipping just to see what you're NOT ordering. There are ten different curries... which is rather like having to choose which one of your children you'd save from a housefire.

My boyfriend and I took a friend of ours out to dinner there to thank her for helping me out with our newborn baby that week. I think the reward was disproportionate now. I'll get her a card next time.

The service was some of the best I've had here in Boise, and they are more than happy to explain the deluge of exciting, but unfamiliar choices you have. Need to make a change to a dish, or customize anything about your order? They will do that, too. It doesn't seem to be a place that would market or cater to families with young children, but I had taken my daughter with us and they were very accommodating by providing us with an upside-down high-chair and making sure we were sat at a table where we wouldn't be in everyone's way.

They also serve sushi. I believe that Boiseans will go to war someday over the best sushi place around, so allow me to throw in my two cents before it's no longer safe to do so. Sa-Wad-Dee has the best sushi ever... anywhere. And I've eaten a LOT of sushi, all over the place (But not any near the ocean, so I may admittedly be declaring this a bit too soon.) As an appetizer, (big mistake) we ordered about two or three rolls to sample and snack on until our food came. I fell in love.

Sadly, I did not order their Chicken Panang Curry, and clearly failed as a parent. I couldn't decide on any one thing, so I chose one of their combination entrees, consisting of a Spring Roll, a small serving of Tom Kha Kai soup, and Pad Thai with chicken. Everything I was served was simply perfect. But of course, I had to try my boyfriend's food, the venerable, above-mentioned Chicken Panang Curry.

It was everything you could ever want in food, replete with fresh broccoli, thinly sliced and tenderized chicken breast, the warm, fuzzy flavor of curry, and the sweetness of coconut milk... all topped off with a lovely purple flower.

I could go on, but I'm not really a food writer.

This would be a great date night place in Meridian if you're looking for something special.

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Posted by Cellarhuk on 04/05/2010 at 10:02 AM

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