Thai Me Up: Sukho Thai Uptown

by Emily on July 16, 2010

I hate to admit it, but my knowledge of Thai food is pretty limited.  I’ve only been to three Thai restaurants in my entire life, one in Jackson and two in New Orleans.  My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the Thai food we had in Jackson, so when we moved home and La Thai was in the neighborhood we made a point to try it out right away.  While the food isn’t bad, I’m not crazy about the decor (not a completely legit reason to not like a restaurant, but a good enough reason for me to frequent it less often).  So when Sukho Thai opened up on Magazine Street and promised a very streamlined, urban look with rustic elements, plus great food, I was totally on board.

A friend and I went last Friday night and brought our own bottle of wine (since they currently do not serve alcohol). We were seated right away and the first thing I noticed was the proximity of the tables on either side of us. Tables in one section are positioned quite close, specifically those along the right wall, making private conversations a lot less private.  Because of the wide open space of the restaurant, voices do carry, so while close tables in other restaurants work just fine, I don’t feel as though they work very well here. I digress. Now, let’s talk food…

We started the meal by splitting the Chicken Satay with a chunky peanut sauce. Very good, very simple, and we ate it very quickly (so quickly I forgot to take a picture!).  After asking our waitress what entrees to get, the wok selections seemed to be the most promising, so my friend ordered the Hot Basil and I ordered the Eggplant Lover with shrimp. When given the choice of “mild, medium, hot, and Thai hot,” my friend ordered hers “hot.” As for me, well, I stuck with the basic level of spice that comes naturally in the dish (since it’s cooked with peppers right from the start), and it was plenty hot for me.  I can’t speak for my friend’s dish, since I was afraid one bite would have burned my taste buds right off, but I thoroughly enjoyed mine.  The Eggplant Lover‘s veggie medley of eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers were tender and flavorful, and the red curry sauce, made from red curry paste and Kaffir lime leaves, was terrific. I particularly liked how some sweet basil would occasionally make its way into a bite, providing a fresh contrast of flavors.

We skipped dessert since we were pretty full and headed off to the Bulldog to enjoy a cooling vodka soda with lime.  Outside, the oscillating fans on the patio were pumping out a breeze at full speed, but the spice from the Thai food made it difficult for me to completely cool down!  Of course, when it’s flavorful spices from food that are making my temperature rise, I tend to be a little more forgiving of the heat.

*I have included two photos in this post from the Michael Bublé concert that I went to last night.  He was absolutely amazing, bringing the people of New Orleans a song and dance act, as well as a comedic routine.  Funny, talented, and cute?  What can I say? He had me at “Home.”

Exposed brick and interesting art on the walls

Paper lanterns at the entrance

I enjoyed the open space of the restaurant, as well as it’s lofty/warehouse look. But voices do carry and note how close the tables along the wall are to each other.

Cute flower on our table. Picture was taken after we had eaten (that’s some rice that got away from me in the left corner…).

Here’s Michael on the big screen. So adorable!

Singing “Home” to the crowd :)

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Rémy July 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I love love love Thai food, but there’s tons of it that I have yet to try so I’m with you in the learning stages! Funnily enough, Thai food’s spiciness is an adaptation to the super-hot climate of Thailand. It makes you sweat, which winds up cooling you down when it’s hot outside. Just a foodie factoid of the day… Also, people on Twitter directed me to Banana Blossom on the West Bank, which apparently has the best Thai. I’m hoping to check it out ASAP, but let me know your thoughts if you beat me there!

Emily July 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Rémy, I have heard of Banana Blossom before and have also heard that it is excellent. The Westbank has so many great Vietnamese and Thai restaurants… I’ve got to get it together and get myself over there soon.

Oh, and no doubt the Thai food is meant to make you sweat and thus, cool you down, but I was wearing a sweater this particular evening. I know, I know, WHAT was I thinking?!

Mallory July 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm

A friend of mine recently recommended Banana Blossom too… she said the chef there is the chef who was at the Marigny Sukho Thai when it originally opened. She said the food is better & that it’s also cheaper. I recently tried the uptown Sukho Thai and was sort of disappointed. Granted, I got a dish I don’t usually get, but it wasn’t very spicy/flavorful. I usually love the Sukho Thai in the Marigny, and we have some local friend, one of whom is Thai, suggest that it’s their favorite Thai restaurant in town.

Emily August 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

Mallory, Good to know! As soon as my boyfriend gets home, we’re definitely hitting up some Thai and Indian food!

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