The summer session for the culinary School at Ivy Tech started a few weeks back. Their first offering was a Spanish tapas buffet. I had plans on going but I was unable at the last-minute. So when I saw their Southeast menu online I knew Pat and I had to go.
One of the reasons this place is so unique is that you can get a 3 course meal for $12. That is what you would pay for a burger and fries at a lot of restaurants. Pat opted for the spring roll appetizer and the stir-fry entrée, and a cup of Cherry tea; in his own little teapot.
For the sake of presentation they abbreviated the dipping sauce by making it a concentrated squiggle. Pat even got a choice of shrimp or pork in his roll.
I decided on the Pho appetizer and the Pad Thai as my main course.
This was a nice bowl of beefy broth filled with meat and noodles. The aroma was a good indicator of the taste to come, even though the presentation made the eating of it a bit problematic.
Notice the 2 spoons. One was filled with Hoisin sauce,the other with Sriracha. You can see the predicament. They decided to condense the presentation by replacing the traditional “toppings” with the 2 sauces. A bit awkward at first but everything worked out.
This was such a fun dish.Loaded with vegetables and noodles each bite was a tasty surprise.
At the end of lunch they gave us a choice of deserts. A dish of fresh mango with whipped cream or sweetened black rice with coconut cream. We got one of each.
Notice the eatable flower. Now many joints do you go to that use eatable flowers for garnish?
This was nice and light,and I am sure it is healthy as well.
The rice dish was really good. It had a slight tooth and very reminiscent of rice pudding, a dish I really enjoy. I think that was my favorite of the two,and the grilled pineapple slice was a nice touch as well.
I am not sure how long the summer session runs but they serve lunch Wednesday and Thursday from 11 to 12:15. They also have a dinner service on Thursday nights. Something I have not been able to get to yet. After their Southeast Asian tour they go back to Classical French. And as always any tips go to a general scholarship fund.
One more thing that is special about this place is the view of Indianapolis.