When: November 12, 2016, 2:15 PM
There are four of us for appetizers at the Carthay Circle Lounge. We’ve just had some very good (Skuna Bay Salmon Poke) and some not-so-good (Vietnamese Twice-Cooked Beef Tacos). We need a third dish to be the tiebreaker.
We settle on the Spicy Chicken Roll.
Now, we’ve previously reviewed the Carthay’s Lobster Pad Thai Imperial Roll (and liked it.) Fingers crossed that the Spicy Chicken Roll is also a good option.
The dish arrives on a long, narrow plate, with a small dish of dipping sauce at one end. The roll has been chopped into eight bite-sized pieces. Each piece has white chicken meat, some veg, and a drizzle of the sauce, all wrapped in soft rice paper. The math is easy: eight pieces, four adults. Everyone reaches in to get their first bite (and Nick, bless him, takes his for a quick dunk in the sauce dish).
This feels great in the mouth. The chicken is firm, moist, and gets a boost from the other flavors and textures. The lettuce in the wrap provides crunch. The sauce isn’t too sweet. The ingredients are fresh. It’s a respectable, light snack. Easy to eat.
This is a hit around the table. Smiles all around. Everyone reached for a second piece.
I’m happy: this is solid. I’d gladly eat it again.
UPDATE: As of June 2017, this dish is no longer available.