Simply In Love With SLA Thai Restaurant in Upper Montclair

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thai napkinSLA Thai Restaurant opened just a little over a week ago in Upper Montclair. The new Thai in town (and the only one located Uptown), has table seating for 22 — plus another four seats along the attractive wood bar. That’s good, because after a recent meal, we expect they will need every seat.

The restaurant inhabits a renovated, open, attractive space and the vibe is fresh and fun. Think background music featuring Asian cover bands singing classic rock and pop songs, candles flickering on the wood bar, and tiny cactuses and vases with fresh flowers gracing the tables. A chalkboard over the bar details specials as well as some basic Thai words and translations.

Of course, what’s really important is the food. SLA Thai (the name stands for Simple, Love, Authentic) doesn’t have an extensive menu, but what’s on it is really delicious — and in some cases — different than what you would expect to find elsewhere.

thai seats

Both of the chefs from SLA Thai hail from Northern Thailand, and they bring to the menu dishes we haven’t seen elsewhere locally. There’s Sai Ouer, a Northern style thai sausage that is both aromatic and has just the right amount of heat (if there was such a thing as Thai beer garden, this is the kind of snack you’d want with your brew). Then there are the incredibly tender chunks of flavorful meat in Gang Hung Ley, a Northern style pork belly with curry, ginger and garlic pickle.

Steamed mussels with lemongrass, lime and basil

Steamed mussels with lemongrass, lime and basil

Bright and full of flavor, the green curry with eggplant, Thai basil and vegetable came in its own tureen, making it an easy dish to ladle out and share (we asked to add shrimp and were pleased with the amount and size we received). We also enjoyed Hoi Obb, a bowl of steamed mussels, lemongrass, lime and basil.

Pork belly with curry, ginger and garlic pickle, served with rice.

Pork belly with curry, ginger and garlic pickle, served with rice.

If your tastes run more traditional, there is, of course, Pad Thai and other familiar noodles dishes on the menu. Chicken sate and chicken and shrimp dumplings were a hit with our younger diners. One caveat: The prices for dishes at SLA Thai were either comparable and in some cases, somewhat higher than other Thai menus we’ve seen, but we were satisfied with both the portions, service, quality of the food and the atmosphere to make the extra cost worthwhile (the convenience/proximity of parking is an added plus).

Sweet sticky rice with mango.

Sweet sticky rice with mango.

SLA Thai Restaurant, 38 Upper Montclair Plaza, Upper Montclair. 973-509-0111. Closed Monday.

Shop Local: Valentines For Your Four-Legged Friend

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dog valentines

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, February 14. Show your pup some love with a box of these adorable K9 Valentine Cookies from Montclair Feed & Pet Supply (204 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair). All cookies are wheat, soy. and corn free.




Giveaway: Tickets to See Jane Siberry at Outpost in the Burbs

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Jane Siberry Jane Siberry will perform for Outpost in the Burbs, at the Guild Room at The First Congregational Church, on Saturday night and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

More than thirty years after her first musical release, Toronto native Jane Siberry is renowned as one of contemporary music’s most creative, innovative artists – with eleven major recordings, her own independent label, and the acclaim of fans and peers alike. Jane Siberry’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, with particular success by k.d lang. She has collaborated with Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, The Indigo Girls and more. After a successful crowd-funding campaign in early 2014 she is completing the long-awaited album Consider The Lily, her first major recording in six years.

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Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee Report for 2015 Shows Crashes Down 16%

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drive with careAccording to the latest report by the Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, pedestrian crashes in 2015 were down 16 percent. The number of pedestrians hit is still high though — 36 were hit and injured by a vehicle in 2015.

The Pedestrian Safety Committee was formed in 2013 to call attention to the increasing number of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents involving motor vehicles and to develop strategies to reduce those numbers. The committee comprises representatives from the Montclair Safe Routes to School and Health and Wellness Partnership, Montclair Township Police and Engineering Departments, Partners for Health Foundation, Bike&Walk Montclair, Essex County Community Traffic Safety Program and individuals from the community at-large.

Below is the Committee’s full report, shared by member Alex Kent, who is also a coordinator at Drive with Care in Montclair and a community liaison for Montclair Health and Wellness Partnership:

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Police Chase Ends at Montclair Y on Park Street on Sunday

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Police Say Upper Montclair Man Threatened Group With Machete on ThanksgivingEarly Sunday afternoon, residents were concerned with large police presence of NJ State troopers and MPD on Park Street in Montclair. It was a police chase that started in Netcong, NJ and ended at the Montclair YMCA. Jo Ann Short, President/CEO of the YMCA of Montclair, sent out the following message to members:

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Montclair State Presents Italians in America, 2/8

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MSU Hosts Italians in America

Join documentary filmmakers John Maggio and Cristian Piazza and filmmaker-photographer Michele Petruzziello Monday evening at Montclair State University for a round table discussion of issues related to past and present Italian immigration to the United States. As a country of historical emigration from which young people are currently leaving once again to find opportunities abroad, Italy constitutes a unique lab to discuss issues of mobility and relocation. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses, Sunday, Feb. 7

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To Open House connoisseurs, the best halftime show, or Super Bowl, doesn’t stoke you like a “mack daddy” master bath, choice kitchen or funky fresh finished basement with huge closets and jukeboxes. Still, even if you don’t like sports, the Superbowl has great commercials. Here are this week’s offerings in Montclair and Bloomfield. There are no open houses in Glen Ridge.

402 N Fullerton Ave, Montclair

207 Fullerton v2

List Price: $598,880

Taxes: $20,471

Acreage: 0.17


Three-story colonial, fully renovated. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances. Sunlight-filled dining room. Living room has wood burning fireplace. First floor has hardwood floors. Open 1-3 p.m. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Nicky Mesiah

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Nicky Mesiah

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Nicolette (Nicky) Mesiah

Where do you live? In the hip, chic Montclair ‘Center’

When did you move there? 30 years ago

Where did you grow up? Buffalo, NY

How do you make a living? Creating/selling only delicious ‘Healthy cookies & Toffee

Coffee, tea or … ? MishMish coffee w/steamed cream please….

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Listening & dancing to Felix Hernandez on WBGO-88.3FM from 10-2 pm.

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Montclair Historical Society Announces Price of Liberty Film Series Line-Up

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The Price of Liberty Film Series

For the third year in a row, the Montclair Historical Society will host a film series focusing on Civil Rights and the African American experience with a historical perspective. Each program in The Price of Liberty Film Series consists of excerpts of the documentary plus lively discussion and Q&A with a humanities scholar. 

Mark your calendars for three very important films:

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Seen Around Town: Snowy Day

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 7:57am  |  COMMENTS (0)



This is what Montclair roads look like right now. Schools have a 2-hour delay this morning, but there is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon and an expected 3-5 inches this morning.

Anyone else want to get back in bed?



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