If you want some cool ambiance on a hot summer day, at 25 W. Calendar Court in La Grange offers an array of delectable Thai specialties.
Exotic and chic, the décor is beautiful. Upon entering, you can’t help but look around…wooden elephants, bronze Buddha statues and colorful paper parasols hanging from the ceiling. A visual feast!
The meal starts with Crab Rangoon and Lettuce Wraps. Large and crispy triangles, their Crab Rangoon has a delicious creamy, crab meat filling. The Lettuce Wraps are a do-it-yourself appetizer. The minced chicken and Shitake mushroom filling with sweet plum sauce was very light and tasty.
If you can decide what appetizer to order, go for the Thipi Platter which includes Pot stickers, Egg Rolls, Crab Rangoon and Chicken Satay.
Thai food is notorious for being spicy, so to help you gauge the heat level, Thipi Thai uses a little red chili pepper icon to rate the level. One chili pepper for medium spicy, and up to three peppers for very spicy.
The Beef On Fire (a three pepper rating), was a manageable heat and very good. The mixture of lo mein noodles, fresh vegetables, basil and beef was perfectly balanced.
In the mood for seafood? The Spicy Herbal Seafood Platter is a visually appetizing dish with shrimp, calamari and scallops. Although it was given a three-chili-pepper rating, after sampling a bite, I believe a five-alarm fire rating would have been more appropriate.
Thankfully, the attentive server kept refilling the water glasses as quickly we were drinking them. However, I do recommend ordering Thailand’s Singha Beer… it can definitely hold its own against the fiery Thai cuisine.