Rainbow Cuisine | Lincoln Square | Thai, Asian | Restaurant
Thai restaurant with a separate menu devoted to authentic northern cuisine.

Our Review

A former head chef at Spoon Thai, where she learned to make northern specialties, Wanpen Phosawang and her husband, Pramote Rukprueksachart, have turned the former Snow Spice Thai into a worthwhile destination for those in search of more-authentic cuisine. Here are dishes like sai krog Isan, little orbs of funky, sour sausage served with raw ginger, chiles, and peanuts, and naem khao tod, a crispy, deep-fried rice salad with tangy fermented pork. There's also a Thai version of tom yam that's spicier and more redolent of galangal and lemongrass than the standard one. But not everything from the Thai menu—for now, untranslated—is meant to scalp you with chiles. Deep, soulful khao kluk ka pi, a deconstructed shrimp paste fried-rice dish with sweet pork, julienne apples, and shredded omelet, is meant to be mixed at the eater's discretion and eaten with a fork and spoon. And many of the familiar dishes on the English menu are done equally well—like pad see ew, ordered extra crispy. It's not that you can't get all the dishes on Rainbow's Thai menu at a half a dozen or so other Thai restaurants around town (TAC Quick, Andy's Thai Kitchen, and Sticky Rice Thai come immediately to mind). But it's far more than a flavor of the month. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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