Restaurant Review: Mai Thai

June 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Tonight I went with a friend to a Thai restaurant on M Street in the Dupont area called Mai Thai. I haven’t seen too many Thai restaurants in the D.C. area and this one received pretty reasonable reviews on Yelp. We arrived at a little before 7 on a Friday night and were seated immediately outside in the patio area.

The menu is very extensive – there is the requisite pad thai, drunken noodle, and curries, but there is also roasted duck, various seafood dishes, and tofu of all varieties. After a lot of thought and a little help from the waiter, I decided upon the ginger tofu, which was fried tofu sautéed with bokchoy, shiitake mushroom, ginger, and onions in a light bean sauce.

The presentation was very pleasing! I enjoyed the fresh baby bokchoy hearts (the best part), which were cooked just to the right point of firmness. The tofu soaked up the sauce and was a little spongy but I didn’t mind the texture. The sauce was a bit too sweet for me, but it wasn’t as heavy and greasy as I had feared. I’m not sure why it’s called a “bean” sauce though. The garnish of spiraled carrots and radish added a pleasing burst of color. I only wish there were more pieces of shiitake mushroom, but overall the dish was great and the portion size was generous.

Next time I would add a bit of heat to the dish. My friend ordered a similar tofu dish that was labeled with three chilies (the highest level of spice) and he said it was not too bad. This came out to be $13 including a little dish of white rice and was quite filling. I think this price is reasonable for dinner, especially in that neighborhood, which tends to have a lot of the pricer restaurants. I was debating between this dish, the flamed watercress, and the roasted duck salad, so I just might have to return one night to try those out.

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