A visit to Tindo
- Patrick A.
Went to Tindo last night for the first time in about a
year. (I've gone at least twice on Wednesdays,
forgetting that they're closed on that day. By the way,
the menu claims that they are now open Mon-Sat.)
As we walked in we noticed a plate of yummy-smelling
golden-brown prawns on someone's table. Once we sat
down, we searched for it on the green specials menu and
couldn't find it. Our waiter did not speak a word of
English, and couldn't understand what we wanted. We got
a second guy over and pointed to the plate at the next
table, and he told us it was one of the Chinese-only
specials printed on a little standup card. We ordered
it, along with conch and scallops with yellow chives and
green chilis, and hairy melon with little dried shrimps
in vermecelli noodle hot pot.
After a wait, the second guy returned and asked us what
sauce we wanted with the conch; he recommended black
bean, which we ordered.
Finally the food arrived. The vermecelli hot pot was by
far the best item. The little dried shrimps were packed
with concentrated flavor and played well off the melon
chunks, and the green chilis (only lightly spicy) were a
great foil for the melon (only lightly sweet). The
prawns turned out not to be the dish at the next table
after all (nor were they the vaunted prawns with
mayonnaise) -- just large prawns in a slightly sweet
sticky sauce. Good and fresh, but not special. The conch
and scallops in black bean sauce were straight-up as
well: nice fresh fish, the scallops a bit mushy for my
taste, in a well-executed, non-overwhelming sauce.
Not the best Tindo experience ever. I remember the beef
bone sizzling platter and the hot pots as being much
better than everything we had last night... and the
vermecelli dish wasn't actually a "hot pot" despite the
description on the menu. I will be going back, though.