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Chiang Mai Noodle 815 E. Westfield Blvd.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Thai Paradise

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PHO 54 7280 N. Michigan Road

I just had one of the best lunches I have had in a long time, pho sure. Admittedly my knowledge of Asian cooking is limited. I have had Vietnamese food a few times. So today was a wonderful treat.

We started off with 2 appetizers. Spring rolls with fish sauce and Goi rolls with a special plum sauce. The spring rolls were typical deep-fried won ton wrapped pork and veggie rolls. The atypical part was the fish sauce. It had a slight sweet and sour effect. More like a gastric than your typical “duck sauce”. It also had shredded daikon and carrot that added a slight textural difference that meshed well with the savory sweet sauce and the fried pork and carrot. And this wonderful little plate was $2.49.

As for the goi rolls. My o my. Large rolls of,shrimp, pork, veggies and rice noodles in rice paper. They were as tasty as they were pretty. The sauce they served with it was a plum sauce with roasted peanuts. Plum sauce is slightly sweet with the viscosity akin to apple butter. It has a small savory component but when you add the peanuts it blows up. The texture of the nuts, the almost smokiness of the roasting;very impressive. And you too can experience the delight for only $ 3.20

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For my main dish I had to try the Rare Beef Pho. Tender slices of beef and rice noodles in a beef broth. That might sound tame enough but the hook is the accompanying plate of condiments. Fresh Thai basil, lime, cilantro and a few slices of fresh chile. The idea is to add the veggies to your bowl to infuse it with the flavors. The aroma is amazing. The taste is beyond that. The bowl was full of meat and noodles and I ordered the small, for $7.95.

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So… pho a really great and economical lunch you gotta’ go to Pho 54. I scanned the menu and I was going to make a pdf. But I decided to include a link to their website instead. I am going to put the menu on Urbanspoon. So everybody can see what they offer.Pho 54 on Urbanspoon http://www.indypho54.com/


Thai Spice

We finally made it to Thai Spice, we wanted to go there for quite some time but something always interfered. It is located on S. County Line Rd.right across the street from Greenwood Shopping Center.Thai food is one of my favorite “ethnic ” foods;I just don;t eat it very often,because I’ve become wee bit of a sissy when it comes to spicy.Pat and I both order our dishes medium;which worked out real well.They offer approximately a dozen lunch specials all for $7.98. Each special comes with a cup of lemon grass soup;a veggie egg roll and a won ton wrapped fried banana with simple syrup.

To me egg rolls are all texture; from the fried crunch of the outer wrapper to the veggie crunch of the interior cabbage.They are almost always good and are a perfect appetizer;and this roll was no exception.The surprise was the banana;think plantain in a blanket;a little sweetness is always good at the start of the meal.As for the soup it was sophisticated in its humility and delicious.A simple broth a little savory,a little spicy with bits of tomato and tiny button mushrooms floating in it;if that don’t amuse your bouche;your bouche must be broken.

Now to our main plates.Pat ordered Padd Won Sen,Bean thread noodle with veggies and your choice of protein.Neither one of us had the foggiest idea what bean thread noodles are;and we still don’t;yet.I opted for the more ubiquitous Padd Thai with pork,I really dig rice noodles with sprouts,and they tossed in some dried baby shrimp and ground peanuts for laughs.Pat’s dish was a lot prettier than mine;with all the broccoli;pea pods and baby corn. But the flavor profiles were much the same;spicy and sweet,and the portions were more than generous.But just when you thought no mas you got your second stomach into the act and you were able to finish the plate.I’ve never made a concerted effort to study the intricacies of “oriental ” cooking;I’m no stranger to the basics but I would like to keep the nuances of Thai food mysterious and exotic.And as long as the result is as delicious as Thai Spice I won’t care at all how they do it.

 

 

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