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Thai Namtip

Traditional Asian cuisine for a fair price


5461 North Bend Road, Monfort Heights 513-481-3360

Thai Namtip, literally translated into "Thai blessing water," is located in a strip mall off a busy road, but it is refreshingly quiet and low-key. Even during the lunch and dinner rush, servers greet you right away and as soon as possible bring you to a table, where you'll need more than just a minute or two to decide on a meal from the large menu.

The small Thai restaurant, which has been open for about two years, is brightly lit because of the large windows at the front of the building. There is an array of tables and booths, in classic black and white, with only a touch of color in the small vase of flowers on each. There's also a distinct bar in the back of the restaurant. The walls have a few decorations hanging from them, but nothing to overwhelm the relaxed atmosphere.

The portions at Thai Namtip are generous, so not only are the lunch specials great on price. The lunch specials offer everything from tofu to beef and stir fry to noodles ($5.95-$6.95) until 3 p.m. Monday- Friday.

The menu offers some traditional Thai and Asian dishes, but it also boasts some unique ones that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. On the appetizer menu, for example, you'll find the classic crab rangoon ($4.95), but look further down and you'll see the Golden Bags - chicken, pork and crab meat fried in wonton skins and served with hot mustard and a Thai sweet and sour sauce ($5.95). Thai Namtip's jasmine iced tea ($1.50) is light and refreshing, a welcome alternative to the spicy Thai meals on the menu.

Although it might be difficult, try to save room for dessert. Thai Namtip delivers some clever twists on a classic treat - green tea or red bean ice cream ($2.95 each).

HOURS: Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

MENU SAMPLER

APPETIZER: Satay-chicken marinated in Thai satay sauce and grilled on bamboo skewers ($5.95)

SALADS: Larb Gai - minced chicken cooked in lime sauce and served with red onion, red bell peppers, scallions and cilantro ($7.95)

SEAFOOD: Basil Royal Seafood - shrimp, scallops, mussels and crab meat stir-fried with onions, scallions, mushrooms, carrots and sweet bell peppers and seasoned with Thai basil leaves ($13.95)

NOODLES: Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles) - wide rice noodles stir-fried in soy sauce with bamboo shoots, carrots, bell peppers, Thai pepper sauce and Thai basil leaves. Served with chicken, pork, beef, tofu, vegetables or shrimp ($8.95-$9.95)

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