THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Montri's Thai Cuisine
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Montri's Thai Cuisine Restaurant Review: Richly carved and exquisitely detailed bas relief scenes adorn the walls of this simple, warmly lit suburban bastion of refined Thai-inspired cooking. Owner-chef Mintri Youngfuengmont personally greets patrons with a warm smile and a bow. He gave us time to study the menu and the sadly lacking wine list. We chose a glass of the Hogue Cellars Riesling, one of only two (the other was the Hogue Gewürztraminer) that would go with this food. We started with steamed Thai dumplings filled with minced pork, to be dipped into a chili-soy-mushroom sauce. The Riesling was perfect with them. We asked for a simple green salad, and got one topped with very good fried tofu covered in peanut sauce. Not what we had in mind, but very nice. Spicy lamb with basil offers, according to the menu, sliced tender lamb, but what comes is chunks of very gamy lamb with bamboo shoots and Thai eggplant. The sauce is based on fresh chili and basil. Either there's an odd flavor in here, some seasoning that is intrusive, or the lamb is way too gamy, but it's not a dish we'd repeat. We would go for the special again, however, a beautiful piece of sea bass in a lightly spicy curry. It was in top form, but then it should have been for $26---a buck more than the most expensive dish on the printed menu (lobster panang). Most entrées, however, are under $20, so if a special interests you, be sure to inquire as to its cost. Aromatic sticky rice and gorgeous fresh mango make the perfect finish. Thai beer, Singh Ha, will be our beverage of choice next time.