Monday, September 14, 2009

Saladang Song Leaves Me in Perfect Harmony

Song means "two" in Thai, so English equivalent to Saladang Song is Saladang 2. Saladang 1, or just Saladang is next door. Why would you have two restaurants next to each other? I don't know but their menu says, "Have you ever heard Siamese twins sing a duet?" I haven't but it must be an exquisite sound indeed.

Song's space is beautiful, if not the most beautiful space for a Thai restaurant. The outdoor patio's ironwork cast beautiful shadows in the sunset. Inside diners are offered a lovely view from their large glass windows. Proudly displayed near their entrance is their 1998 James Beard award for best restaurant design.


Not only is it the most beautiful, but it is arguably the most unique and tasty Thai restaurant I've been to. The menu offers ecletic, exotic dishes that I've never seen before (and trust me, being part of a Thai Foodies meetup, I've been to A LOT of Thai restaurants). I recommend going with a large group so you can taste various dishes, as one dish didn't impress me, but rather the consistant flow of good dishes. Here's a rundown of what we ordered:

Yum-ta-lay - seafood combination on a bed of mixed greens (pictured below) This dish wasn't as exotic as the others but it was delicious. The seafood was fresh and the sauces was tasty.  It was my favorite.

Tod-mon-kao-pohd - sweet corn fritters served with cucumber salad (pictured below). This was an interesting, fun dish. The fritters had whole kernals of corn and served as a crunchy pancake. It was surprisingly good, as the corn kernals exploded with flavor.

Ka-nom-jeen-gang-kiew-wann - Rice vermicelli with fish balls in green curry. The presentation of the dish was beautiful and the curry was very flavorful, no fishiness from the fish balls. I didn't care for the taste of the vermicelli much, I'd prefer rice, but it made for a beautiful presentation.

Gang-kiew-wann - green curry with eggplant, basil and chicken. This was a more recognizable green curry but with the addition of the delicious eggplant. It complemented the curry very nicely, as it added a softer texture, while the green curry had a good, spicy kick to it. Delicious.

Nam-prik Saladang Song - kiwi fruit paste served with vegetable for dipping and grilled salmon. This was a beautiful dish, as there was a large assortment of vegetables available for dipping. However, I didn't care for the salmon (I don't like cooked salmon) and I thought their salmon was overcooked and dry. However, I've never seen this dish before, so I give credit for creativity.

Pad See lew - of course, what's a Thai restaurant without Pad See Lew and Pad Thai? It did seem out of place here, as everything else was so exotic, but I'm sure they try to appease their customers by offering two old stand-bys. Chris loves Pad See Lew, so I've had it at every restaurant we've been to (I should do a Pad See Lew Throwdown) and Saladang Song's is the second best Pad See Lew I've had. I liked how the rice noodles were perfectly cooked, not mushy, and every noodle was separate and retained its shaped.

There was one more dish whose name I forgot but it was exceptional. It was a mild curry, resembling panang, but it had whole grapes and seafood in it. The grapes and seafood paired beautifully, the grapes added sweetness to the rich curry and delicate seafood. I wish I could remember the name, hopefully the wait staff will know what I'm talking about next time I want to order it. 

Overall, it was a great night; the weather was perfect, the group was jovial, and the food was great. I can't wait to come back and try their breakfast menu. My only caution is it's pricey but you're paying for the ambiance. The service was a bit surly, there seemed to be a language barrier, yet the manager seemed concerned about our party's happiness. I recommend making reservations, as the restaurant was packed on a Saturday night.

Saladang Song on Urbanspoon


Angie's Recipes said...

I like Thai food too. The assorted seafood with vegetables are for sure my fav.

Thanks, for stopping by my blog. :-)

Angie's Recipes

Smokeydoke said...

Thank you, Angie! You're my first comment in a long time, LOL. I'm working on my moon cake post. I'll keep you updated.

Watch Me Eat said...

That food looks a lot more creative and appetizing than what I've eaten at my local Thai restaurants. I like Thai food, but for some reason that looks a lot better than what I've had!

I'm hungry now...

Smokeydoke said...

Thanks for the comment Watch Me Eat! I will say Saladang Song has its admirers and its haters, but everyone can agree their presentation is beautiful!


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