It had been quite some time since my friend Michelle and I saw each other.
We decided to meet up in the city on Saturday, February 19, 2011 and have dinner and see “The King’s Speech” (more on the movie later).
So, we met at the AMC Empire 25 on West 42nd Street. Michelle had arrived early and already purchased the tickets.
So, we then headed west to 9th Avenue to find dinner. We walked north until we came to Pure Thai Shophouse, located at 766 9th Avenue (between 51st and 52nd). My friend Brian and I almost went there back in December after seeing “TRON: Legacy,” but the place was packed.
Well, it wasn’t overflowing this evening. They have high stool seating, which we waited at for a few minutes before a proper table opened up.
We both had Thai Iced Tea, which was presented to us in a way we had never before seen. It was decent Thai Iced Tea.
We then had the Crispy Tofu (peanut, tamarind-chili gastrique) appetizer. The appetizer section of the menu is labeled “Snacks.” We both liked it.
For my main course, I had the Krabi Seafood Noodle Soup (flat rice noodle, shrimp, calamari, water spinach, bean curd, fermented tofu, tomato pork broth). It actually says on the menu “not recommended for novices-please, no returns.” It has 2 out of 3 asterisks on the menu’s spicy scale, but I think it’s more of a flavor thing than a spiciness level. I took the “not recommended for novices” remark as a challenge. I rather liked the dish. It was spicy, enough to make my nose run, but it was yummy, so I didn’t mind.
Michelle ordered the Work Roasted Chili with Chicken (chinese broccoli, asparagus, yu choy, roasted chili paste). She really liked it. I had a taste and I, too, liked it. The chicken was moist and flavorful and the veggies were nice.
So, if you’re in the neighborhood, I’d recommend checking out Pure Thai Shophouse.
After dinner, we made our way to see “The King’s Speech” (and the theater was packed). It stars Colin Firth as King George VI of England and Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist Lionel Logue. It also features Helena Bonham Carter as the king’s wife Elizabeth, Michael Gambon as King George V, Guy Pierce as King Edward VIII, and Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill.
For those who don’t know King George VI had a stammer and had extreme difficulty speaking, both in public and private. Following the death of King George V, his son King Edward VIII abdicated the throne so as to marry a multiple divorcee from Baltimore. That left his brother to become King George VI, and it was Lionel Logue who helped him get through the important speeches, including a notable speech at the beginning of Great Britain’s entry into World War II, that would allow him to lead his nation and, both literally and figuratively, speak for them.
Michelle and I agreed that the film was excellent. The performances were Oscar-worthy and the cinematography quite interesting at times. If you see it, pay attention to the lighting and shadows during Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush’s walk outside. There are moments that will make your heart ache and others that will make you laugh out loud, plus a few deliciously awkward moments. A majority of the audience even clapped at a couple of scenes. I highly recommend it, if possible before the Academy Awards on February 27.
Now, after the movie, I took this photo. If you can figure out why I took it, you get points.
– Evan Bindelglass