Thursday, June 16, 2005

Natalee Thai in Venice

Natalee Thai AC and I met at the Natalee Thai Restaurant in Venice for a working dinner last night. At around 6:30pm, we were seated without having to wait for a table. We arrived at just the right time. After a quick hour, we noticed that all tables were occupied and a crowd of hungry diners waited patiently by the bar. (They do not take reservations for two people).

We ordered Lychee Martinis to start our dinner and the Natalee Delight sampler for appetizers. Made with Ketel One Vodka, the cocktail was smooth and sweet with the distinct flavor of lychee. Two fleshy lychee on a pick garnished the drink. My first experience with this martini translated into a new drink of choice. The Delight came with a variety of fried vegetable spring rolls, shrimpcakes with sweet & sour sauce, chicken sa-te with peanut sauce, and some fried wontons. We shared main dishes of shrimp fried rice with pineapples and beef panang curry with coconut milk. Portions were filling and satisflying with plenty of leftovers.

Although the food was good, the beverages that accompanied the meal stole the show and proved to be the main attraction of the night. My camera wasn't readily available last night so I searched on the Net for a comparable photo. The below shot reminds me of the entire experience - chic, clean, modern and sexy.

AERICKBAR Picture taken from the Denver Post

Natalee Thai
Street: 10101 Venice Blvd near Culver City
T: 1.310.202.7003


jason said...

hey that looks really cool. take me sometime!

Anonymous said...

Try the soft shell crabs.....yum!

West Side Rider said...

I think the food here is good and fairly authentic. Which sometimes means really spicy depending on what you order. They have a good "modern Thai" menu in a cool building.

The problem is the crowd. SO many folks there at dinner time and on the weekends? Fuhgedabout it. That MUST mean it's good. And they will be around for a while. They should take reservations.

I have tried a couple pork dishes there which I really liked and, as you said, the apps were fun and filling.

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