LeDu Thai Eatery in Newtonville opened it’s doors this past Monday for their soft open. Located in the heart of the village, the cuisine is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. My husband and I went there last Thursday night to check it out. We *love* Thai food and look forward to our weekly delivery on Friday night (Thai-Takeout-and-Family-Movie-Night). As we walked into the cozy, contemporary space we wondered if LeDu would be a contender for my family’s weekly ritual.
One of the owners, Paul Reeves, greeted us with a smile and took our order. With the restaurant still in the soft open phase, he was working the register, pitching in wherever needed as a steady stream of take-out orders came in. He introduced us to LeDu partner Cholada Aramthip, who, along with her sister and their third partner, Nuttida Aramthip, brings the experience and success from another restaurant in Brookline. They were welcoming and clearly excited about their endeavor.
My husband and I ordered at the counter and grabbed a two-top, one of only two in the restaurant. The only other seating is a bar at the window with stools (four or five). The owners must know their market and understand the demand for Thai food take-away. Speaking of, they don’t currently offer delivery but are working out the details to offer it as soon as possible.
Now the part you’ve been waiting for. The food. We ordered an appetizer of Chicken Dumplings (steamed) that were tasty and clearly handmade. For our main dishes, my husband ordered the TomYum Noodle Soup with beef (spicy broth, ground meat, rice noodles, crushed peanuts, cilantro, and scallions). I had the Gapow Chicken (ground meat, crushed chili-garlic paste, onions, red peppers, and basil) with a side of white rice. Both dishes were exceedingly flavorful with a good amount of spice and fresh ingredients that surpassed our expectations.
And when there was a hiccup in the order (to be expected in the first week), they brought over complimentary beverages and left us the extra dish we didn’t order (Crispy Chicken Gaprow – also a hit, even though I’m not big on fried food). The LeDu team is eager to please and did so on our visit.
We truly enjoyed our meal and hope the latest addition to Newtonville has great success. And for our next Friday night with the family, LeDu Thai Eatery is officially on our go-to list.
LeDu Thai Eatery
313 Walnut St. Newtonville