Opart Thai House – Eat The Menu, Twitter-style

I’m on a quest to eat every menu item at Opart Thai House. You can catch up from the beginning or continue on to the latest installment: dinner with the Twitter-fabulous @Hurdler4eva!

Shu Mai | Opart Thai House

Shu Mai

We started off with an appetizer of Shu Mai (#5, $5.99), steamed instead of fried. I have a generally high opinion of Opart Thai’s dipping sauces, so I dunked my first piece without a thought and chomped away. Mistake. All I got was saltiness followed by a heavy onion taste. A second try, this time without the soy sauce, wasn’t much better. There simply wasn’t much shrimp in the Shu Mai. I appreciated the thick slices of cucumber that were served with the appetizer — they helped clear the palate.

Pad Paak Roum Mit | Opart Thai House

Pad Paak Roum Mit

We ordered a couple of milder entrees for dinner because, as I’m finding, not everyone wants to improve their tolerance to spicy food. That’s a shame because I think Opart Thai House shines best when the dishes are hot, hot, hot. The Pad Paak Roum Mit (#64, $6.99) was about as far from hot as you could get. It was healthy mixture of bok choy, baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots in a slightly sweet brown sauce. It was the kind of dish that made you feel prim when you really, really wanted to be bad.

Pad Kra Praow Pla  | Opart Thai House

Pad Kra Praow Pla

The Pad Kra Praow Pla (#108, $8.59), a mix of Thai basil, peppers, peapods and sole, would have been improved had the fish been fried crispier. The light breading started to get soggy soon after it was served, and any other virtues present in the dish were lost. I know they whip those dishes out of the kitchen fast, but this one needed a few more minutes of care.

The most satisfying thing I had all night was my Thai Iced Coffee (#117, $2). The coffee was dark and bitter with a sweet, frothy layer floating on top. At that price point, I dare you to find something as tasty at Starbucks or even Dunkin’ Donuts.

Thanks again to @Hurdler4eva for joining me on my adventure. Hungry for Thai food and want to help me eat-the-menu? Drop a Tweet or leave a comment!

Thai Iced Coffee | Opart Thai House

Thai Iced Coffee

Opart Thai House
4658 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-2043
(773) 989-8517


For those of you counting at home, I’m at 36/120 dishes. You can follow the other eat-the-menu entries here.

  1. Krista from Passportdelicious.com left a comment on April 3, 2011 at 7:08 am

    So I went to the Opart Thai in the South Loop the other week and left disappointed. Have you been to that location? What’s your take?

  2. Tammy left a comment on April 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Haven’t been to the South Loop location, so can’t say how it compares. I find their hot, spicy dishes to be best & everything else to be hit or miss. If you want to go back, let me know. I’m still working my way through the menu.

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