Watana Siam, the Thai restaurant on Seventh Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, quietly morphed into a completely different Thai restaurant last month.
The space itself and prices are about the same, but just about everything else has changed. The name, Jai Dee, is new, as well as the ownership and menu. This new menu offers few surprises, and seems to stick to the tried-and-true Spice-style formula, focusing on a solid lunch special, appetizers like Thai spring rolls and chicken satay, Tom Yum soup, fried rice, sauteed noodles, curries, grilled meats, duck, and crispy whole fish.
Now that's not necessarily a bad thing (not every new Thai restaurant can be Pok Pok), and loyal fans of Watana will most likely be able to find something analogous to their standbys, but the few Yelp reviews seem to indicate that the new version isn't exactly an improvement on what was there before. The scallion pancakes (which are closer to fritters), seem to be standouts, though, along with the grilled pork and green curry.
Jai Dee Restaurant 420 Seventh Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. Phone: 718-832-1544.
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