Anyone eaten at The Ginger Pad in Burlington?
- Jpan99 Oct 25, 2006 03:50 PM
It's one of the new restaurants in Wayside Commons. I see they are opening a Not Your Average Joe's in November, and just learned there's a Capital Grille opening in January.
Ginger Pad is advertised as Asian Bistro. Just wondering if it's any good. Here's the website: http://www.gingerpad.com
Yes, I ate there yesterday. I had the Kung Pao Chicken. Wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. It feels like a fast food joint, only slower.
I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there.
What's the price range? There are no prices in the on-line menu.
Am I alone in being annoyed by this omission?
I have a menu in front of me right now prices are between $6.50-$7.95 for rice and noodle bowls and the slect your own dishes are between $7.50-$9.50 depending on what meat/tofu you get. I stopped by last week or the week before and they were all in there but they hadn't opened yet so I haven't actually tried the food.
I ate there the past two days. How good it is depends on your frame of reference. Compared to our company cafeteria two blocks away, it's excellent. I wouldn't drive there from somewhere else, or compare it with a really good restaurant, but it's a reasonable place to have lunch. 7 bucks will get you a big bowl of noodles and stuff, and it's not bad. The service is efficient - you pay at the cash, take your number to a table and sit down. They bring the food to you. This means you don't have to wait around the counter for your food, get up and go get your food, or wait around for the check. I'll probably go back today.
It's obviously not a mom & pop restaurant where the food is cooked with love. It's more like assembly line Asian food. In my opinion, the quality of the thin sliced beef is lacking. Maybe good for once a month...
Only eaten there once, in a desperate attempt for soup a few months ago when I was sick. The hot and sour soup was huge and slightly spicy, although a bit too gelatinous for my tastes. Friend got the fried spring rolls - eh - and some other sort of soup that he said was fine. Good option for the area, but all of the stir fry dishes look and smell way too similar.
Good points: They use lots of obviously fresh vegetables, and they cook the food to order so you can ask for less oil / salt / etc. Good value for dinner.
Bad points: It's obviously not authentic, so not the general Chowhound sort of place. Since they don't have separate lunch and dinner menus, they may be a bit on the higher side for lunch (however, the portion size is pretty good).
I really like vegetables, and it can sometimes be hard to find Asian food that treats them lightly that isn't the basic steamed-healthy option. So I like it for a healthier and slightly more interesting chain option (better for me than Fresh City next door, which has a lot of healthy-seeming but really not options), but it's not really a destination sort of place.