This was by far my favorite Thai(ish) restaurant in the US. I like it far more than already good Pok Pok or the (I feel somewhat overrated) Lotus of Siam.
First, the “stir fried rice cakes with green garlic”:
A surprisingly smooth, creamy, stiff texture almost like a fried rice pudding, with fresh, flavorful green garlic. A good start. And then:
The pad see ew was fantastic– their homemade wide flat noodles with just a little chewiness and a smoky flavor, a locally-made tofu, wild mushrooms, and some toothy greens sauteed in soy sauce.
The kim chee and pork belly stir fry was also exceptional: their kim chee (more in the tart fermented direction than chili spicy), with tender yet not too fatty pork belly and greens.
The smoked mackerel fried rice was a bold move– so very fishy-fish-forward that I wouldn’t want to eat it as my only dish, but it was great to share.
The kicker? It’s in small-town Maine. I first heard about it through the NY Times review a year ago and it wasn’t until recently that I was within 100 miles of it, with time to visit.