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Sweet Garlic in Monrovia?

martymitz Dec 7, 2006 06:50 PM

Anyone ever been to this Thai restaurant in Monrovia? It used to be a Thai restaurant under a different name. I forget what the old place was, but it had decent Thai for a decent price.

How is it now? It looks a bit fancier than the old place, but how are the prices and food?

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    AquaW RE: martymitz Dec 7, 2006 07:53 PM

    A co-worker brought it in for work! Good stuff overall, though the spice level is a bit toned down (not sure if co-worker intentionally requested that or if the restaurant did it.) The curry is a bit runny though and didn't mix with the rice well.


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      buggin RE: AquaW May 31, 2007 10:18 PM

      This place was good. Been there many, many times until it closed...Well actually moved to Pasadena. The building says that another Thai restaurant is going to replace it. Hope it is at least as good.

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      Michelle RE: martymitz Dec 7, 2006 09:00 PM


      We've been there several times, it's very good. Better than the previous tenant. Nice people too.

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        martymitz RE: Michelle Dec 7, 2006 10:11 PM

        How are the lunch prices? I remember the previous tenant had lunch specials for under $10.

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          Michelle RE: martymitz Dec 7, 2006 10:50 PM


          I've only been there for dinner, not for lunch, sorry! I tried to find an online menu (because I don't remember the prices), but couldn't find one. I remember that I thought they were reasonable though.

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            lileor RE: martymitz Dec 8, 2006 07:45 AM

            My last visit was probably 6 months ago and they had lunch specials at that time, all below $10.

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          jlslee RE: martymitz Jan 8, 2007 10:47 PM

          I go there pretty often. Their curry dishes are mediocre compare to other Thai places in the neighborhood(i.e. Saladang or Presidents Thai) but the noodle dishes are pretty good. I almost always order the Drunken Noodle when I go there.

          1. socalqtpi RE: martymitz Apr 23, 2007 03:18 PM

            Any idea why they closed down?! This used to be our favorite place for Thai food.

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              subinthapa RE: socalqtpi Jun 2, 2007 06:03 PM

              Another business owner in Old Town said Sweet Garlic (and every other business) got hit hard when the City tore up Myrtle over the last couple months. I'm glad to hear they relocated to Pasadena - my wife loved their fried rice.

            2. rantsnravesnreviews RE: martymitz Jun 2, 2007 11:39 AM

              Anyone know wheere they went in Pasadena?

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                garlic RE: martymitz Jun 24, 2007 11:34 AM

                hello sweetgarlic customers,

                Thank you for the kind words and support that you have given us. I would like to apologize about the confusion regarding our new location and name. Moving to our new location has been very difficult for us. There had been major delays in construction that we did not expect. We hope to open our business as soon as possible. Our new restaurant will be called Daisy Mint and located at 1218 east colorado blvd., pasadena ca 91106 and there are a lot of parking in rare. Hopefully, we will have everything in place by August 1st 2007.Thank again for all your support.

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                  socalqtpi RE: garlic Jun 24, 2007 03:03 PM

                  Woo hoo! Thanks for writing :) We'll be there!
                  Hopefully you will still have the delicious lemongrass hot tea...that was our favorite!

                2. CZ 101 RE: martymitz Jun 24, 2007 03:13 PM

                  I thought their food was mediocre -try Basil Thai on Huntington few miles away-its fantastic and prices are reasonable.

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                    MaryT RE: CZ 101 Jun 26, 2007 09:12 AM

                    I would bet some money that Basil uses packaged curry pastes and the other stuff is just bland (the cook is very nice but I wonder if he is Thai, no offense meant honest).

                    They never have a fresh lime in the place, they bring lemon juice out of a bottle if you ask for a slice lime!!! Most customers are not Thai for sure, I've been there half a dozen times over the past 4 years. What they do is consistent, and Americanized. You cannot get a curry dish in there that is more than medium hot. And simple things like expected garnishes like chopped peanuts and a slice of lime on a basic pad thai would be nice. (I don't expect dried shrimp or something that authentic and strong, but dishes that [should] have galanga, lemon grass and keffir lime leaves are weakly spiced.)

                    As for the aboved mentioned soon to open place, I never went to the old location.

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                      Michelle RE: MaryT Jun 26, 2007 02:32 PM

                      The new place is now open. I don't exactly remember the name, but it is something like Thai Bistro. Anyone been there yet?

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                        socalqtpi RE: Michelle Jun 27, 2007 12:02 PM

                        Yes, here is the link to my review: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/412714

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