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Overall CID rating 4.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: authentic thai, Green Curry Crispy Duck, Fried Shrimp Cake, Green Papaya Salad, Fried Softshell Crab, indoor and outdoor dining, space for large groups, vegetarian menu

Thumbs Down: slow service, crowded, Pad Kra Prow

Recommendations: It gets pretty crowded so be prepared to wait any day of the week and any time of the day!

“CID Highlight” – Green Curry Crispy Duck: CID Rating 5 out of 5

I’m a huge fan of roast duck any which way you have it whether it be alone, in sauce, in soup, or on a salad.  Growing up that was the number one remedy for all my woes and worries.  Homesick?  Fell off a bike?  Broken-hearted?  Have no fear… have a duck leg instead!  Green curry is another favorite of mine whether alone, with basil, vegetables, poultry, or seafood.  This dish combined two of my favorites and doubled the dosage.  The flavor of the curry is sweet, spicy and milky but never heavy.  The serving of roast duck was abundant.  The small medley of vegetables like bamboo, green beans, and tomatoes adds texture and a bit of your daily dose of vitamins. (more…)

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Overall CID rating 4.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: decor, quiet conversation, zen calmness, any fish dish, pre-fixe lunch

Thumbs Down: chicken and bok choi, crispy seafood salad

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“CID Highlight” – Codfish in Spicy Wild Ginger Curry: CID Rating 5 out of 5


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Overall CID rating 2.50 out of 5

Thumbs Up: gyoza skin
Thumbs Down: retched-smelling bamboo shoots, heart-attack pork belly

Recommendations: Customize your order, “No smelly bamboo for me, please!”

“CID Highlight” – Pork Gyoza: CID Rating 3 out of 5

This dish was the highlight of my meal tonight though still nothing to write home about. The gyoza skin was thin, light, and crispy on one side. The filling however needed a bit more seasoning. I still prefer the pork gyoza at Sapporo.
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Overall CID rating 3.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: creative rolls, paradise, $1 sushi and sashimi, $3 rolls
Thumbs Down: crispy duck salad

Recommendations: Stick to the rolls! Better value for the dollar.

“CID Highlight” – The Hawaiian: CID Rating 5 out of 5

Eel and mango with spicy crunchy salmon and tobiko. The thin slices of mango added a hint of sweetness but the true mango flavor didn’t come through. But I loved it none-the-less! (See picture below)
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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: fresh ingredients, talented and friendly chefs, tofu cheesecake
Thumbs Down: pricey

Recommendations: For my fellow CIDs where every dollar matters, see you during Restaurant Week!

“CID Highlight” – Meet the Chefs: CID Rating 5 out of 5

I call them the three amigos. Not only were they making delicious food but they were having fun while doing so. I definitely recommend sitting chef-side! Don’t run Morimoto, I’m your biggest fan!!!
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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: bbq pork, lumpiang, fresh melon juice, value for the dollar

Thumbs Down: closes early, doesn’t accept amex, not much in decor

Recommendations: Order the dessert to go if you get too full on dinner!! It’s not worth missing.

“CID Highlight” – Pork BBQ: CID Rating 5 out of 5

I have a new love of sweet marinated pork. The Pork BBQ definitely takes the cake over my long time love, the grilled porkchops at Pho Bang (in Elmhurst). The only thing missing was that delicious carrot citrus dipping juice that Pho provides. That would absolutely make this dish complete. Coming in at $2.25 per stick, this dish was a steal!! The pork melts in your mouth leaving a sweet after-taste from the delicious marinade.
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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: value for the dollar, pineapple fried rice, curry

Thumbs Down: extremely crowded and loud as the night progresses

Recommendations: Go early or prepare to wait!

“CID Highlight” – Pineapple Fried Rice: CID rating 5 out of 5

Pineapple Fried Rice

Rice is my life. I love everything and anything about rice. The pineapple fried rice at Spice on University is the best I’ve ever had. All the ingredients tasted fresh and work harmoniously well together while still maintaining their distinct flavors. The cashews were crunchy and the shrimp (unlike its comparables) were not miniature in size. The portion of this dish is great for either sharing or eating as the main entree.
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