There is a fancy new Thai place on Mass. Ave. It’s a good-looking place with a clever name and better than average food. The offer several lunch specials for $8.99. Each one comes with soup, salad and a spring roll.
The soup is a nice broth with just a hint of spice. I could eat a couple of bowls of it. Minimal ingredients but the broth is the hook.
I ordered the Cashew Nut with pork. This is a stir fry dish loaded with peppers, mushrooms, water chestnuts as well as cashews.
It was a huge plate full of food. The sauce was a simple brown gravy that matched up well with the pork and mushrooms. The small side of salad added just the right amount of crunch. As for the spring roll it was one of the best I have had and it wasn’t made in-house. It was full of cabbage with a delightful flaky skin. I would eat them again with gusto.
I hope this joint lasts longer than the previous inhabitant. I think it fits in well with the area.
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.