eating indie in indy

Thai Cafe 1041 Broad Ripple Avenue.

There is something about rainy weather that makes Thai food compelling. Pat and I decided on Thai,again. Indy has a few Thai style restaurants available. For this occasion we decided on one in the “Village”. The address may seem familiar because it is the epicenter of what I call Ripple Food Central. That is a strip mall that houses several different ethnic eating options, as well as a brewery. Pretty convenient.

This particular joint has been around for a while but has changed owners. A few of the reviews have been less than complimentary concerning the owner and the service. I notice reviews, and I take them into consideration, up to a point. Bottom line I need to check out the joint first hand.

The place is compact, nicely appointed and neat and clean. Our first impression of the servers was they were competent and actually looking forward to waiting on us. After we were seated the first thing I noticed was their vaulted ceiling and this part of the decor.

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I have no idea what it is. I only hope it lights up at night, and possibly spins. Oh I hope it spins.

The first thing I noticed about this particular Thai restaurant was they offer Sushi. That is rare,in my experience. Oh one thing about this particular mall is that all the restaurants have a menu posted to the outside windows. You can see what to expect before you walk in. As much as I love Sushi I resisted. One of my all time favorite Sushi joints is about one block west. Besides to me Sushi without sake is like pizza without beer.

I really enjoy noodles. I really enjoy bean sprouts and veggies, so I ordered Khauk Swe Kyaw. Like all of their lunch specials they come with soup or salad choice for about 8 or 9 bucks. Pat and I both opted for the soup, lemon grass.

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I have never had a Lemon Grass soup as assertive as this. Most often soups of this nature are flat and singularly flavored. A mild chicken broth with a weak citrus taste and a hint of cilantro. To me this cup was an explosion of lemon and chicken flavor and the cilantro was more than a passing herb, it brought its true taste to the forefront. I would venture a guess that this was due to the fat structure of the soup. You could taste it in the soup and fat is not only flavor it transfers flavor. So, yeah I dug the soup.

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Now isn’t that a beautiful plate. An amazing abundance of veggies and chicken  with a nuance of peanut and topped with fresh carrot and mung sprouts. One of my favorite combos.

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So now…Here’s Pat.

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Now don’t ask me why the one photo had a green cast to it. I give my camera to Pat to take the shots of his own lunch and I have no idea what happened. I do think it’s sort of cool though.

Well regardless of the photos Pat and I are in agreement of this place. Even though we did have differing opinions of the soup. I think Pat was working on a cold. No matter we both think this joint is a keeper. So add this to your list of joints to eat at in the Ripple.

 

 

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6 responses

  1. also: thai kitchen in fishers worth a look.  owned by ken fary and wife.  (she’s thai) ken is a long-time indy musician, too.  plays EVERY weekend at ruth’s, plus chatterbox, private gigs, etc.  it’s the real deal, re: authentic. From: this ain’t no bistro To: markdickhaus@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, April 3, 2015 6:09 PM Subject: [New post] Thai Cafe 1041 Broad Ripple Avenue. #yiv4692874912 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4692874912 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4692874912 WordPress.com | Benson posted: “There is something about rainy weather that makes Thai food compelling. Pat and I decided on Thai,again. Indy has a few Thai style restaurants available. For this occasion we decided on one in the “Village”. The address may seem familiar because it is the” | |

    April 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm

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      From: this ain’t no bistro To: markdickhaus@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, April 3, 2015 6:09 PM Subject: [New post] Thai Cafe 1041 Broad Ripple Avenue. #yiv4692874912 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4692874912 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4692874912 a.yiv4692874912primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4692874912 WordPress.com | Benson posted: “There is something about rainy weather that makes Thai food compelling. Pat and I decided on Thai,again. Indy has a few Thai style restaurants available. For this occasion we decided on one in the “Village”. The address may seem familiar because it is the” | |

    April 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

  3. Once I got past the poinsettia with a (possibly spinning) brain inside it, everything looks delicious! It’s so hard to find a good Thai restaurant here, with good food and SERVICE. The soup sounds great. The meal looked wonderful. I liked this line: “Sushi without sake is like pizza without beer.” The colors look so fresh and lively.

    April 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    • Indy has several Thai joints available. One of these days I might learn something about the food. Yes that artifact on the ceiling is a wee bit brain numbing.

      April 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

  4. The ceiling fixture reminded me of a conglomerate of hippopotami molars all affixed to one another.
    But I’m thinking the outstanding lemongrass soup more than made up for what was hanging above you. Finding a punchy soup, with all of its flavors shining through is worth any wonky adornment overhead. Although, maybe if it lit up, it could be cool.
    And Pat’s red curry looked mouthwatering as well. It does appear that not only do these folks make a beautiful presentation, but the flavor actually counts. I do love a great Thai meal. Lucky you to have so many choices around you, Benson.

    April 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm

  5. I want some of that soup, pronto, Benson. All of their food presentation is beautiful! And that ceiling decoration is, well, unique to say the least. 🙂

    April 7, 2015 at 8:54 pm

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