Manee Thai #2 | West Town/Noble Square | Asian, Thai, Japanese | Restaurant
"Pan-Asian" restaurant heavy on the Thai.

Our Review

An offshoot of an Avondale standby that suffered a fire, Manee Thai #2 replaces another Thai restaurant in this tidy West Town double storefront, which remains uninviting despite efforts to dress it up with sequined velvet hangings and other art works. The extensive menu is called "pan-Asian," but except for some Chinese-inspired offerings, Thai dishes are the way to go. We skipped the obvious satay and spring rolls from the 20-some appetizers and enjoyed angel wings, deep-fried wing tips stuffed with seasoned ground chicken, and chive dumplings with sweet chile soy sauce. Fun-to-share "7 Buddies Maeng Khum" brought together toasted coconut flakes, peanuts, dried shrimp, ginger, shallots, and tiny lime pieces, all piled on mini lettuce leaves (rather than the traditional pandan) meant to be folded and dipped in a complex sauce (or sauced, then folded, which is neater); the seventh buddy, diced fresh green chiles, was on the side as an optional add-in. Tom yum soup had the requisite spicy-tart kick, but next time I'll opt for shrimp rather than the dry chicken breast. Pad thai, thinner-than-average rice noodles coated with tamarind sauce, fared well with shrimp, and a healthy squeeze of lime counteracted the sweetness. Basil duck featured tender slices of meat and all the right stuff, even if fiery green chiles overpowered the basil. I also liked the thick green coconut-milk curry with Thai baby eggplant, bamboo shoots, and a choice of meat (so-so beef) and catfish pad ped, crispy morsels of deep-fried fish with vegetables and green chiles in red-curry paste. Ice creams, listed as house-made, included first-rate creamy coconut, but little squares of sticky rice topped with taro custard were much too sweet. Service was speedy.

Anne Spiselman

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