Formerly Buddha's Belly: Great service and food
Posted on 08 / 18 / 2012
It was my good fortune that the place I'd planned to go was closed on Mondays. Thanks to Happy Cow, I found instead Buddha's Thai Bistro, where I received perhaps the best service I've ever gotten at a restaurant. If money were no object, I would have left a 100% tip for my waitress. And the food was great, too.
Name change: Apparently another business by the name of Buddha's Belly brought legal action against this establishment, forcing it to change its name to Buddha Thai Bistro. However, as of August, 2012, the shopping center sign, the building sign, and the menu all still say "Buddha's Belly."
Thanks to the listing on Happy Cow, I knew that this restaurant had mock meats and was vegan friendly. You have to know to ask, because the menu does not make that clear.
I was surprised that this Thai restaurant had a mostly American wait staff. Most of the diners in the restaurant were American, too. But the owners and cooks are Thai--it is family owned.
Aside from tofu, one can get dishes with mock fish, shrimp, or chicken. One of the several questions I asked of my waitress was the source of the mock meats. If I recall correctly, it is a place called VegeUSA, out of CA. Though I'm not big on mock meats, the fake chicken I had in my dish was quite good.
Each time I asked a question of my waitress, she went back to the kitchen and came back immediately with an answer. I found that to be an amazing level of service.
The prices are a bit higher than I'm used to seeing in Asian restaurants, but this place is a cut above the rest, including its upscale ambiance. I got a kick out of seeing "Jeopardy" airing on the TV above the bar.
I ordered a dish from the Curry section of the menu called "Pra Ram (Amazing)," which is a "rich peanut curry sauce over spinach and steamed broccoli on a sizzling hot plate." I chose mock chicken, a generous portion of which came atop the vegetables. A large amount of sauce came in a gravy boat, so that I could pour it myself. Though not listed on the menu, carrots were a part of the dish.
For dessert, I wanted to try the vegan taro custard, but it was out of stock. So instead I ordered mango sticky rice. It was great, with perfectly ripe mango atop purple sticky rice, sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds and presented on a plate complete with a drizzle of kiwi dipping sauce.
Don't miss this place if you get the chance.
Updated from previous review on Saturday August 18, 2012
Excellent service, Great food, Nice ambiance