1846-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-1212
Rating: !!! (out of 4)
The scene: Happening. Inspired by the bustling nightlife district of Silom in Bangkok, Thailand, Bucktown eatery Silom 12’s trendy look and sexy lighting of its bar area (a liquor license is coming; BYOB with $2 corkage fee for now) makes the place feel like it belongs on Broadway in Lakeview.
The food: An affordable cross-section of the classics, with staples like paht thai (forgettable with or without the too-chewy chicken), stir-fries and curries dipping as low as $8 and topping out at $12. Pricier entrees include the fried Duck Delight ($16) and crispy soft shell crab ($15).
Don’t miss: Massaman curry with beef ($10). Coconut milk, peanut sauce, red onion and sweet potato play off each other to create a dish we’ll be returning for soon. Like, really soon.
Bottom line: Silom 12’s service is much more organized and friendlier than what we’ve experienced at other, similarly sleek spots in the city. Nice to get the setting we like without the attitude that sometimes comes with it.