The restaurant rumor mill is churning with talk that a well-known restaurateur will move into the old post office. That massive property is empty, since Post 154 closed abruptly last week.
Meanwhile, directly across the street, a much smaller restaurant has opened. Very quickly, it’s creating quite a buzz.
Jeera Little Thai Kitchen is located next to the equally small (but also fine) Finalmente Trattoria.
I checked it out the other day. I dithered between 2 dishes. Usually when I ask for help, the server says, “Oh, they’re both good!”
This time, the owner responded. Jeeranunn Atiportunyapong — you can call her “Luna” — very confidently told me which one to order.*
It was great. And — as I requested — appropriately spicy.
I’m already a huge fan of Rainbow Thai, in Bridge Square. I’ve added Jeera to my list of favorites.
Interestingly, Westport’s 2 Thai restaurants could fit comfortably in one corner of Post 154. There’s a lesson somewhere in that.
*It was kaprow.
What does a restaurant have to do to get a “very good” review from the New York Times?
Sunday’s Metropolitan section raved about Rainbow Thai — the new place in Bridge Square, with the spectacular river view.
Pad See Ew tastes a lot better than it sounds. (Photo courtesy of CTBites.com)
Patricia Brooks loved the surprise of “finding some dishes on the menu that are not commonly found at other Thai restaurants in Fairfield County,” like mee grob and larb.
She called the sizzling pancake “a special delight … the star of our lunch.”
She noted several other fine dishes, including tao hoo tord, kong tod and “a refreshing somtum salad of green papaya spears woven through greens and fresh tomatoes in a tangy tamarind sauce with peanuts on top.”
Brooks even described the servers — rushing food from the basement kitchen — as graceful, patient and always smiling.
So what rating did she give the place (quickly becoming a Saugatuck favorite)?
I’m glad she was never my classroom teacher.