THAI hospitality is renowned for being uber polite and demure, so when I heard of a Thai restaurant called Louder Louder in Northbridge I had to check it out.
Formerly the Wok Street Chow House, the new owners have done extensive renovations, and the dark woods and detailed interior were inviting on a hot day.
But it was not very Louder inside, so we decided to have lunch in the al fresco, enjoying the breeze and bustling activity on Lake Street.
Ensconced in a bubble of attentive service, I sat with a cool drink and perused the dishes on the menu, which are graded 1-4 loudspeakers; the “loudness” indicating the spiciness.
I ordered the recommended special–the Massaman curry ($29).
It may seem extravagant spending nearly $30 on a lunchtime curry, but it was phenomenal and well worth the money.
The presentation was like a work of art: a large incredibly-tender beef rib was flanked by a decorative trail of coconut milk, with a sprig of coriander and a row of manicured pineapple chunks bringing up the rear.
Fried onion and peanuts were placed with actual care on top, and the dish also came with a large cinnamon stick.
We couldn’t leave without trying that old stalwart–the Thai Green Curry ($24).
Featuring large, tender pieces of Maryland chicken and heirloom green tomatoes, it was a delight, with one loudspeaker being spicy enough.
Despite its name, Louder Louder is a quiet achiever–a humble yet screamingly-good combination of top notch ingredients, artistic presentation and thoughtful staff.
Its fresh take on Thai is well worth checking out.
by JUSTIN STAHL
47 Lake Street Northbridge