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Watana Siam Is Now Jai Dee

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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Watana had great food inc a Zagats score into the 20s/ What a shame itd be if this place fell short

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Do Park Slopers eat more pad thai than any other group outside of Bangkok? You'd think so, from the number of Thai joints. Few of them are actually any good.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstella

They had changed the name to Watana after someone pointed out the the full name could be read as "What an ass I am". True story.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpazm

The name of that place made me chuckle FOR YEARS.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJiminyCricket

Why would anyone in Park Slope eat Thai anywhere but Sky Ice? it's seriously better than most of the places in Queens and they deliver.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd

I had a couple of decent meals at Watana - hope that Jai Dee does well.

Has anyone noticed the bait and switch that Pork Slope has pulled lately? Multiple price increases on every item on their menu. $10 for a pulled pork sandwich w/ no sides? 6-8oz of pork butt + texas toast cost them maybe $1 a portion. $14 for a Chicken Nugget Po Boy? Sorry Team Talde. Plenty of other places that we can eat at for that $$$.

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstephen

The pulled pork sandwich at Pork Slope is $9 and it never came with any sides. It's delicious and big. I had it last night. I don't think $9 bucks is a lot to spend on a nice sandwich, seems about average pricing to me.

They are clearly not hurting for business, the place is packed every night of the week. I've been 5 times and it's my favorite new place around to grab a bite and a coupla cheap beers.

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhans

Sorry Hans. The pulled pork sandwich is now $10. You are wrong. I realize that it never came with sides - and BTW it isn't a huge sandwich.

Just because a place is packed doesn't mean that they need to be raising prices. The beers are cheap but they are nothing special. Typical sports bar beers + a couple of almost craft brands.

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

Loving Jai Dee. Screw the name, or change in menu. Just fantastic food, decent people and cheap cheap. This is coming from a guy who misses thai night markets.

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