Now there's Sa La Thai on North Queen St., right next door to Gusto. The interior reminds me EXACTLY of Gusto, so much so that I swear it was the same place and that Gusto had too much room and thought they should lend one side out to the Thai cooks. A little too knock-off-ish, ya know? If there were a copyright for decor, they'd be guilty of infringement.
But the food is quite delightful. Lemongrass soup was just the right spiciness and piquantly flavorful. The chicken was nice and moist, and I appreciated their authenticity in keeping it simple.
The Thai Beef Salad was pretty darned delicious and struck a relatively good balance of sweet and tart. On the whole, I thought the dishes might be overly sweet, but not distractingly so. However, it's enough for me to possibly mention the next time I'm there to take the edge off. Look at how lovely the visual is! Great contrast of color, some caramelization on the beef. Pretty stellar.
Alas, I did not take a picture of my Drunken Noodles. They were so good I demolished the plate even though 2/3s of the way through, I was feeling the satiation, much to the chagrin of Eric, who was hoping for some leftovers he could enjoy. I do think they were a little wetter as compared to the noodles of the Harrisburg restaurants. But the flavor was still nice. I had ordered the same level of spiciness as the soup, but the dish was decidedly mild.
And then there is the Mango and Sticky Rice. I've never seen green sticky rice before, and I wish I had remembered to ask, because I find it odd and unappetizing. The taste, though, was fine. What a surprise it was for all of us, especially for the ones who had never had this before, but were willing to try it after I talked it up so much. I can still hear it, "Soooo, what's the green stuff?"
Last, but not least, it's BYO. Yay for BYO!
I'll be back again soon...
Sa La Thai
337-339 N. Queen St., Lancaster