Monday, February 28, 2011

Northlake Thai

For a few years now, I have been keeping this place pretty much to myself. I love Northlake Thai. Its tucked away in a Kroger shopping center off Lavista Rd. between Decatur and Tucker. This group formerly owned the now closed Eurasia Bistro in downtown Decatur. The unassuming facade gives way to a nicely appointed if somewhat suburban restaurant. This is white tablecloth Thai!

Their menu has peoples favorite staples like curries and pad prik, but the chef is inventive and features gourmet ingredients as well as non-traditional takes on Asian fare.

Some of my favorites are the mango chicken which features a slightly spicy sauce and plenty of fresh mango slices.

Another traditional staple is pineapple fried rice. You can choose an assortment of meat, but the shrimp is the best. This somewhat expected dish is dressed up with herbs and served in a pineapple!

Final the specials are prepared daily and go well beyond what you might expect. The most recent night I visited they were featuring complementary appetizers with an entree. We were treated to a spring roll, small salad, and beef dumpling sampler plate. One of the featured entrees was the duck served atop eggplant with a slightly spicy soy sauce syrup and basil puree. The duck was tender and offset nicely by the roasted eggplant.

Northlake Thai is delicious. The wait staff are more than willing to offer suggestions. The menu is diverse and ever changing. I would recommend a drive almost OTP for this great restaurant.

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