After reading extensively about Night + Market Song's incredible Thai cuisine, I decided I had to try it. But being me, I didn't actually go to Night + Market Song, but the Night + Market on Sunset in West Hollywood. Both owned by Kris Yenbamroong, Night + Market is dedicated to Thai street food, and the DineLa menu included a selection of appetizers and entrees to choose from. A casual atmosphere with light-up beer signs and a random selection of movie posters from all different eras, the interior was an ode to the restaurant's unpretentious, eclectic cuisine.
One of our favorite dishes of the night, peek gai hey-ha (party wings) were a delicious take on the American chicken wing. A little sweet, a little spicy, and completely addicting.
The crispy rice salad (nam kao tod) featured spicy pork, onion, cilantro, lime, ginger, and chile was a fun, unique salad. However, the lime and ginger flavors were so strong, it was hard to have more than a few bites. Definitely had higher hopes for this dish.
The second round of appetizers began with pla muek tod gratiem, which was fried baby octopus topped with garlic and chile oil, served with sriracha. The octopus was nicely fried, and the dish was quite spicy. Good, but not great.
The sum tum goong yaang, a green papaya salad with marinated shrimp, was a bit of a let down. It was somehow spicy, yet lacking in flavor all at the same time. It would have been a great course to clear and cool down one's palette between spicy dishes, but failed to do so. However, the grilled shrimp was nice.
For the first entree, we got the khao soi sii khrong moo, a curried noodle dish with pork spareribs, onion, cilantro, and chile. The meat was tender and cooked perfectly, while all the flavors worked together subtly. A really nice, complex dish that was packed with flavor, without overwhelming the palette.
The last entree was the gaeng jin noong, which is a traditional Northern Thai pork meatball dish in a broth of red curry paste and dark soy. The meatballs were incredibly tender, and the whole dish was delicious. The rice was a nice addition that helped cool everything down. Definitely a highlight of the meal.
Though some of the dishes were just good (not great), we still enjoyed the complete experience. During DineLA, it seems that some restaurants choose their most basic/popular/standard dishes for the set menu, attempting to satisfy everyone. Unfortunately, this can lead to a less than stellar experience. That said, we're looking forward to coming back with a group of friends to try more dishes, optimistic that having the whole menu at our disposal will lead to a more exciting and satisfying experience.