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I've always believed that every food establishment deserves a second chance. Awhile ago I visited this takeout restaurant and my review was mediocre. Since then I frequented Dan's (Owner) place for lunch, started a conversation and offered my website for him to review. I made a couple of suggestions with advertising, promotions etc.....
He took me up on some suggestions and had a picture of the national noodle dish of Thailand "Pad Thai." Pictures lure us in but most times we leave disappointed and disgusted. I'm happy and excited to say that Dan's Pad Thai was perfect. Noodles were not over cooked, mildly spicy and sweet like the traditional Pad Thai is and a beautiful color. Lime slices, bean sprouts and peanuts were included. Now I just went for lunch but I can say that even for dinner, the portions offer great value and the price was very reasonable. My Pad Thai had shrimp in it and like so many that try to make this dish, the shrimp is often over cooked and chewy. This is not the case at all. The dish and noodles weren't so moist that the noodles fell off my chopsticks, the noodles had a perfect texture. It was wonderful.
Dan, the owner asked me if I could help him increase sales and promotion with marketing. I accepted the challenge.
In the weeks ahead, stay tune for updates at Asian Cafe and if you have a desire for Pad Thai, I highly recommend.
I mentioned to him the fact that the warmer weather is just around the corner. Chinese food sales drop due to the heaviness of the dishes. I offered a number of dishes that are perfect for the warmer weather, lite, healthy, very little sauce and crisp. Cilantro, basil, mint along with Mexican influence of a wrap, coconut rice, garlic rice or just plain Jasmine rice. Hawaiian dishes are also a suggestion like Loco Moko, Spam sushi, Lumpia (Philipine egg roll).
He also has a signature curry dish displayed on his window. Before you get turned off, just let me say that Southeast Asian curry is different from a taste and aroma standpoint. Thai curry is made with coconut milk and much milder but still a typical curry. The typical mushrooms, water chestnut and bamboo shoots and you choice of chicken, shrimp or beef adds an additional dimension of flavor along with a dash of fish sauce (soy sauce substitute) popular in Southeast Asian cuisine.
Moral of this story, never judge a dish by its storefront!!!!!
RATING: Excellent Pad Thai