Monday, November 12, 2012

Opart Thai House

Locations:  1906 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60616
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(Other great location is in Lincoln Square.  Check out the urbanspoon links above.)

A Quick Word:
When it comes to Thai food, I tend to be pickier ever since visiting Thailand and enjoying authentic home cooked meals at our dive resort.  However, Opart Thai House in Chicago is one restaurant that seems to be a little more authentic than others.  The dishes seem to be hit or miss in terms of me loving it and the location (at least in South Loop) is not the greatest.  Spicy dishes are available, but make sure to have them customize your order to your preference of spicy.  Overall, the food here was average at best, but I do hope to try it again and find better results in some of my other favorite dishes.

What We Ate:

Pad Thai with Tofu

Ever since traveling in Thailand for a couple weeks, it has been difficult finding Thai food that can come close to compare.  And once again, the pad thai was delicious, just not that authentic.  Here, the pad thai came with the typical rice noodles, raw bean sprouts, thinly sliced carrots, tofu, and peanuts on the side.  The noodles did arrive extremely hot so the vegetables got a quick steam after mixing them together.  I was disappointed because it didn't come with any chili powder on the side to make it spicy.  The noodles did have a slight sweetness to it and when mixing it with some of the spicier curry, it made the meal significantly better.  There was also plenty of tofu to go around which was a surprise.  For a buck or two more, you can add meat or shrimp to the dish.

Gaeng Keow Waan

Now this dish was great.  I was craving a good Thai green curry ever since the trip and this did the trick.  The green curry is cooked with thai eggplant, green beans, and a choice of meat, in which we chose chicken.  Each dish is made to order and you get to choose either mild, spicy, or extra spicy.  Depending on your choice, they add different amounts of thai chili peppers to the dish.  I will warn that the spicy is significantly spicier than other restaurants so be careful.  The dish has the great coconut milk flavor along with curry.  There is a generous amount of chicken pieces in the curry, but unfortunately it seems that the chicken was added last minute because it hasn't soaked up much of the flavor.  The dish comes with a small bowl of rice, so order an extra one if you are hungry.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- The area has lots of street parking so feel free to drive to the area.
- I would error on the side of caution when they ask about how hot you want the dish.

- No real complaints about the restaurant... Just don't come with high expectations.

How far would I walk for this food?

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