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4156 N. Kedzie Ave. (Irving Park Rd.) Send to Phone
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Our choice, if there be only one, for Thai food in the Midwest.
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Dining room at Arun's, Chicago, IL

Arun's Restaurant Review

: Beautiful Thai art and antiques set the serene stage for 12-course, prix-fixe dining ($85, plus $50 for wine pairings) at chef-owner Arun Sampanthavivat's Northwest side place. Gracious, efficient servers begin by inquiring about dietary restrictions, desired spice levels and culinary preferences. Then the kitchen goes to work preparing a customized procession of six appetizers, four entrées and two desserts, served family-style. Possible starters include flower-shaped purple dumplings filled with shrimp and shallots, dainty fresh crab spring rolls and spicy roast duck salad on a bed of Thai basil and cilantro. In step, main courses could include lobster tail paired with two jumbo shrimp in garlic-ginger sauce, beef tenderloin in a red curry-peanut sauce that’s infused with star anise, and panang beef curry. Sticky rice, topped with egg custard, typifies dessert. Unusual white wines, among them Alsatians and Austrians, dominate a wine list tailored to complement the food. Arun's is quite a dining adventure, but one that, unfortunately, does not allow for repeat voyages without causing a credit card meltdown.

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Expensive for Typical Thai Food
by on Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:01 pm
For the price I paid I expect exceptionally unique food, attention to detail and excellent service. I also expect to be served all my courses. I arrived with a group of four and asked for a menu so we could know what would be served to us. I was told by a waiter that they would verbally describe it when they served each dish. The set $85 price included six appetizers, four entrees (served family style) and two deserts. Unfortunately, we didn't get all 12.
The service was disorganized. We didn't have a primary waiter, but different people bringing out each course. There were times when the food would come out but we had no utensils or plates.
The portions were small and what was served was good, but it wasn't anything exceptional. There were supposed to be 12 courses, but as I mentioned above, we were only served 11.
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