On Friday evening, we went to Neisha, a Thai restaurant in Tenleytown that Alex has always walked past but never visited (being on a college-student budget). I wish I had taken a photo of the outside, because it's very striking (I'd noticed it before, too, on our few visits to Tenleytown – it's just outside the Metro stop). The inside is meant to be like a grotto I think, with faux rocks, stalagmites, and trickling water. Maybe a little kitschy, but I liked it nonetheless.
Our server was extremely friendly, and helped us Thai-neophytes understand what was on the menu. I was going to have a ginger lemonade, but somehow they were out, so I tried a Thai iced tea, which was freshly brewed spiced tea, with half-and-half on top, then iced (basically iced chai, I think, though as far as I could see in the dimness, it was orange) – very tasty. Al had Ichiban beer on draft.
We ordered Yum Talay as a shared appetizer, which was various seafood in a light citrus sauce. Note especially the textured item in the lower right corner of the photo… these were squid, which were hand scored and twisted artfully into a pretty shape. I didn't actually eat any myself, not being a fan of squid, but Al & Alex liked them.
I ordered Ginger Ginger Ginger (pork variety) for my entree, which was very tasty (and ginger-y). It was a nice-sized portion, and there was just a little left over for Alex to take back to his room.
Al had Barbecue Talay, which was basically the same things as the appetizer, but in a Thai barbecue sauce.
Alex had Kee Mao Kai, which was chicken in basil & chili sauce, with "wide noodles". He was a little surprised to bite into a hot pepper, thinking it was another basil leaf, but he's hardy 🙂
We decided against dessert, because we planned to stop at Robek's, so our total bill came to $55, not bad really. Live jazz, too, which was an interesting touch for a Thai restaurant.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal very much, and would go there again (there are a lot more menu items to try!)