I have waited a long time to go to Little Serow mainly because you have to get there early, and stand in line in the hopes that you will get one of the 28 seats in one of only two daily seatings Tuesdays-Thursdays.
My friend Stacey from Every Food Fits was determined to finally go try it and I could think of no better dining companion to go with. We planned and counted down until the day of our anticipated dinner there.
Guests being seated
We arrived at about 5:00pm on a Wednesday, only a handful of people ahead of us. The line grew quickly after we arrived. We were seated promptly at 5:30pm. Our host was gracious and friendly, even when we came in with a stroller and a very chatty toddler in tow. I was surprised at how upbeat and friendly everyone was. I was fully expecting the sense of entitlement that comes with a successful restaurant, but there was no arrogance, no high-brow attitude at all.
Instead, the happy bright seafoam green walls welcomed us. Our server explained the menu and dishes for the evening. Our only worry was that the food would be too spicy, as friends had mentioned this to us. But our fear turned out to be unfounded. Chef Johnny Monis brought out the first couple of dishes. Dishes kept coming out, and we wondered how we would manage to eat all of it.
My favorite dish was the catfish coconut soup (tom kha pla duk). I knew I would fall in love with this soup before I even tasted it. The kaffir lime and galangal make it incredibly aromatic. Then you taste the layers of flavor: sweetness from the palm sugar, and savory notes from chilies and lemongrass. I seriously thought about asking our server if I could get 10 quarts of it to take home with me.
So, was it worth it? Absolutely. Here are the dishes we enjoyed. Two dishes not photographed: crispy rice bites with cilantro and peanuts and the tender pork ribs with dill.
If you haven’t been to Little Serow yet, you must go try it. And if you have already been there, go back for that amazing soup.
Side salad: romaine lettuce leaves, Thai eggplant, radishes, cucumbers, and basil
Airy and crispy pork skin with a spicy side sauce
Corn salad with dried shrimp
Pork with lemongrass
Aromatic soup with kaffir lime, galangal, palm sugar, and catfish
Shredded pumpkin with egg, holy basil, and crispy tofu cubes
Sticky rice and coconut custard squares with toasted sesame seeds
Little Serow Menu for the Week of September 12, 2012
nam prik kapi
shrimp paste / palm sugar / crispy pork skin
som tum khao pod
corn / dried shrimp / bla rah
tom kha pla duk
catfish / galangal / khi nu chilies
laap chiang mai
pork / lemongrass / sawtooth
crispy rice / mint / peanuts
phat fuk thong
pumpkin / egg / holy basil
si krong muu
pork ribs / mekhong whiskey / dill