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A mixed bag at Talay

Three of us have come to Talay Thai for lunch with great anticipation, as Thai food is all about flavour.


Talay Thai

1261 Barrington St.
Halifax 404-3700

Rating: ***
Dinner & drinks for two: $45
Signature Dish: Pad Thai
Signature Drink: Green Tea

Three of us have come to Talay Thai for lunch with great anticipation, as Thai food is all about flavour.

We start with a pot of comforting Green Tea ($2) and a combination dish of Spring Rolls and Fresh Spring Rolls ($7.50 for four). We prefer the fresh rolls, as the fried ones are greasy. Our other appetizer, Crispy Fried Noodles Mee Grob ($10.50) is too sweet.

Our Spicy Noodle ($12.95) isn’t great either. We choose prawn — instead of chicken or beef but they’re not fresh. The noodles are overdone and while the eggplant and basil have nice flavour, the dish is oily.

Masaman Curry Chicken ($12.95) takes the meal to another level. The chicken is tender and the sauce is rich and delicious with a kick. It is perfect with Steamed Jasmine Rice ($4.50 medium).

Cashew Tofu ($11.50) proves to be our favourite: stir-fried tofu in chili paste with cashews and red and green pepper. It’s spicy and scrumptious.

The restaurant is busy, but the service is prompt. That Cashew Tofu will bring me back.

Dining out

SECOND ANNIVERSARY The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle St., is celebrating its second anniversary. Reservations are recommended for evening performances including Steve Poltz May 9, 10 and 11. Call: 422-6335 Visit: www.thecarleton.ca

FOURTH ANNIVERSARY The Greek Village Restaurant, 6253 Quinpool Rd., is celebrating its fourth anniversary with $5.29 breakfast specials. Open seven days a week and well known for its home cooking. Call 405-3750.

In brief

Wine California Wine Fair takes place Thursday, May 13, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd. Tickets are $55 and go to support of Pier 21. Call 425-7770 (ext. #0), www.sawhalifax.ca

Fresh The Halifax farmers’ market is abuzz with spring vendors including Serendipity Gardens, Annapolis Seed, Michelle Fike’s specialty seeds, and Ripley Maple’s fresh maple syrup. Saturdays 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the historic Keith’s Brewery. www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com

 
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