Dinner at Sawatdee
Sawatdee is a very good Thai restaurant with 5 locations in Minnesota. I’ve been there twice before and have been happy with it on both of those occassions. What I particularly like about the downtown Minneapolis location is that it is so close to the Metrodome. That makes it a particularly excellent place to have dinner before heading to a game, which is what I did before the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers took on the surprisingly tough Bowling Green Falcons.
I had two dishes at Sawatdee. The first was fried spring rolls. Here’s a picture:
These were very good. Crispy on the outside and exceptionally flavorful on the inside. Robust was the term I thought of while eating them. The cabbage in the rolls just seemed to sing; it was a star ingredient in the roll instead of an obligatory tasteless glob as it is in so many other Asian type rolls.
My entree was a duck curry. Here’s a picture:
Not quite as outstanding as the spring rolls but this dish was pleasantly spicy (I ordered it with 3 chile peppers-you can order dishes as hot as you want there) with a rich coconut curry broth. The duck was very tender with a nice deep flavor. The vegetables were perfectly cooked and added a nice compliment to the overall dish. It was good but it just didn’t wow me.