This restaurant is very new. It is at the corner of Thompson Road and US 31. A pretty busy intersection. Pat lives very close by so he was intrigued when he saw the fancy sign going up. He learned from chatting with the owner that this is his first joint and he plans on doing all of his advertising by “social media”. He does have a very nice website.
The place is on the small side but still can seat a bunch of bodies. It is very tastefully decorated in what I would call a Classical Asian style.
The menu is very traditional,offering several luncheon specials for $7.88, and a pretty good beer and wine list as well. As a general rule I don’t dig Asian beer so I usually stick with water as my beverage of choice.
This is the soup and Spring Roll that comes with each lunch entrée. The soup was a spicy,broth concoction with a few pieces of mushroom and tofu and some cilantro leaves. I agree with Pat. It was a bit spicy and very good. The roll was crunchy and crisp with vegetables. It would stand on its own as an appetizer.
The last few times we have gone to Thai joints I was determined to get some wide rice noodles. Euphemistically referred to as ” drunken noodles”. However, when I do something “shiny” on the menu distracts me and I don’t. This time it was pineapple, water chestnuts and sticky rice all dressed up in a tomato sweet and sour. Now how could I resist.
As you may expect it was an excellent dish. Full of flavor and tremendous textural components it was a wonderful lunch.
I know there are several Thai places around the city but I think we can support one more and I think this joint is worth considering.
One thing about Broad Ripple,vacant buildings don’t stay vacant for long. I would consider Chiang Mai’s new home prime real estate. Of course I know nothing about real estate I just think that this is a great location. It is a free-standing building with parking, across from the canal. It also has a nice new outdoor patio. Alas no water view. But they do have sake.
I like Thai food and I especially like noodles. This joint is the closest Thai place to me so I expect more trips. Since it is so new there hasn’t been very many reviews. The ones I have seen have all been complimentary. The only one half way negative was the fellow lamenting the lack of a lunch menu. Even he liked the food he just didn’t like the dinner portion or price at lunch time. That has since been changed. They offer $7.95 lunch specials,like so many Asian restaurants offer. Soup, salad and spring roll in addition to the main meal. Once again I ask, rhetorically, how can they do this? However they handle it I am glad they do.
The soup was a very mild broth with,as you can see a few tiny bits of veg. It was okay but nothing really spectacular. As I have mentioned before I love Asian style noodles; especially rice noodles. So I fell back to my default Pad Thai. All of the specials offer choice of chicken,pork, beef, tofu or veggies. For a $2 up charge you can get shrimp. Feeling luxurious I opted for the shrimp.
I think you can see from the picture one way they are able to sell a 8 buck lunch and be profitable. The salad is a small 4 ounce portion and the spring roll was on the small side and didn’t really taste house made. Not a complaint,just an observation. Both the salad and the roll provided a nice textural element to the dish. As far as the Pad Thai goes it was very nice. An abundance of noodles with a bit of veggies and peanuts and that ubiquitous Thai sauce. It was a delicious dish well worth going back for.
I think what Pat was referring to about the pricing was the dinner entre pricing. However I didn’t think they were that outrageous. The dinner prices were predominately $10.95 and up to 12 to 14 dollars. I really don’t think that is too outrageous for a dinner. As a matter of fact the next time I go I am doing dinner. I figure that a $10.95 Pad Thai would have more of the stuff that makes me liked it in the beginning. I am glad that the old Mid Town Grill has a new tenant and I hope that their stay there is long and pleasurable for everyone.
Pat and I have eaten here in the pre-blog days. Then it was about one-third the size and was located on Lafayette Road. I am really glad that their business grew enough that they needed to expand. Like most Asian inspired restaurants they offer several lunch specials for $6.95 and $7.95. Each lunch comes with a choice of soup and a soft spring roll or crisp egg roll. The soups they offered were a mushroom and a crab meat asparagus soup.
Pat was a bit nonplussed with the sauce he was served with his egg roll. Instead of the thick orange-colored sweet and sour normally served, this sauce was thin and clear. It was basically a sweetened vinegar;which I actually thought better than the normal orange stuff.
The last time we ate here I remember the crab soup and spring roll very well. I thought them both delicious. So that is what I decided on to go with an order of shrimp and vegetables.
I acknowledge that nothing stays the same. Such is the way of nature. However in the world of food and beverage some things should stay the same. I refer to the Crab and Asparagus soup. The last time it was crisp and clear with pieces of crab meat and slices of asparagus with bits of herb on top. This was a gelatinous cup of chicken stock with a few pieces of asparagus. No discernible crab at all. That is not to say it was a horrid soup,it wasn’t horrid at all. It was an excellent chicken stock it just wasn’t a good crab? and asparagus soup. It would make a great chicken and noodle soup,or a chicken and rice soup or a chicken and anything soup. Just not a crab and asparagus soup.
As for the spring roll I was disappointed in that as well. The flavor and texture were not as I remember. Nor was this roll as fresh tasting as others I have had else where.
As for my shrimp dish it was very good. Nicely prepared with the obligatory vegetables in the customary sauce and a big scoop of perfectly steamed white rice. Since I live closer to this joint than Pat I can see myself coming back. However I would give the mushroom soup and egg roll more consideration or else forego the lunch specials altogether and order from the menu. Speaking of which here is a link to their website.
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.
This is another new restaurant that has just opened in the last few weeks. I haven’t counted but it seems that Indy has several Thai eateries. This one is just a block off of the Circle,on Market. Making it the most urban place.
Their menu is pretty much like every other Thai restaurant. Noodles, rice and veggies in varying degrees of sweet and spicy. And as most Asian style restaurants around here you can get a great lunch for $7.99, complete with soup and egg roll.
The place is small,with two rows of tables along both walls and an aisle running down the center. They seem to have a regular lunch crowd and the joint filled up really fast. Under these circumstances you really need to have your act together or else the scene can turn into a fiasco. In that regard they really know what they are doing.
As you can see the soup wasn’t the most photogenic of dishes. It was barely a cup but it was pretty tasty. It was also lukewarm, which leads me to believe they stage them in advance to get a jump-start on the service. The egg roll was okay, I prefer a spring roll, but a crisp fried roll is pretty good on a cold winter day. We had just finished our first course when our main dishes were delivered. I ordered a Pad Thai with chicken, I had a major hankering for rice noodle.
It had a nice balance of sweet and spicy and a good composition of textures. About what I would expect from an Oriental” dish. I did order it hot, not Thai hot. The result was an excellent level of heat that accentuated the inherent sweetness of the sauce. The combo of mung beans and noodles is one of my favorites.
So now all of you downtown workers have another lunch spot. I can’t say it is a superlative example of Thai cuisine I can say it is well made and good food. Also for all folks that don’t drive downtown it is no more than a block away from the two major bus stops in the city.