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Micro-Chowdown at Jade Bistro Vietnamese in Pinellas Park...

Mild Bill Oct 3, 2010 10:26 PM

I wish more CH friends could have made it, because I think they would have been pleased...
We missed you.... And we love you...

Well, the four of us had a nice little party, and we ordered a decent amount of items, with our waiter bringing one fried crab-roll type thing 'on the house', which was nice...
I couldn't find it on the menu so I can't ID it properly...
The staff was super friendly and accommodating, and darn if everything wasn't delicious!

In a few cases, whether in the accompanying sauces or in the dish itself, there was a very appealing play between sweet and spicy...
The crispy Quail, fried beef dumplings, the Shaking Beef, and the Seafood Udon Hotpot come to mind...
--- and I'm a guy who gets mad when dishes are sweet that I think don't need to be...
That wasn't the case here... I really loved it!

The creamy Curried Chicken with Vegetables was full flavor, medium spicy (as ordered), and delicious--- even though it tasted more Thai than Vietnamese...
I'm not an expert on either, being much more familiar with Chinese, so maybe there was no border crossings at all...

Edited to add: I just noticed their name is Jade Bistro 'Asian Cuisine', so obviously their scope is wider than Viet... Even better,,,
Also, the Quail were good here, but were juicier and better presented at ABC Seafood when a few of us visited there last year...

The saucy spicy Oysters prepared proudly tableside were super tasty, served with a loaf of fresh Vietnamese baguette that they made clear was there to sop up all the sauce...

A grilled pork Banh Mi was delicious just like it's suppossed to be...
Beef Noodle Soup had excellent flavor and tender beef...

I mentioned as we were pondering the menu that the 'Shaking Beef' COULD be good, but only if they use a well-considered cut of beef and treated it properly....
And as soon as I speared a piece I knew they did!
It was rich and tender, and cut into fairly thick chunks...
A wrong cut of beef could never have been cut so thick... ly?

Like I said once before, when I do Vietnamese I always order Pho, fresh Spring Rolls, and Vietnamese coffee--- so it was a real treat to explore the menu a little further...

Now let's see how many pics they'll let me put up...

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Jade Bistro Asian Cuisine
6139 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  1. askdrtodd RE: Mild Bill Oct 4, 2010 07:42 AM

    Dangit now I'm hungry. I was surprised they let that springer spaniel in there too! I couldn't find much wrong with any dish, the curry had a great heat, the udon noodles were sweet but perfectly spicy, the seafood in the pot was generous, and also well prepared and tender, I really really thought highly of the quail (now I'm dying to try that at ABC!), and that Shaking Beef... oh man was that tender. That Sliced Pork Bahn Mi was arguably every bit as good as the one at Saigon Deli, and only a dollar more ($4). The baguettes were fresh and crispy on the outside, almost like a soft bread fabric on the inside, exactly the way I like them. I really enjoyed that meal, that was a treat.

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      Mild Bill RE: askdrtodd Oct 4, 2010 07:59 AM

      Todd, here are the Birdys from ABC...
      Absolutely worth going back there for, as well as a couple other items...
      On Rhnault's recommendation I wanna try them at Pho Quyen on Hillsborough soon...
      Since it's practically across the street from me, I might be popping in there a little more often...

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      ABC Seafood Restaurant
      2705 54th Ave N Ste 3, Saint Petersburg, FL 33714

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        rhnault RE: Mild Bill Oct 4, 2010 08:48 AM

        I like the quail at Pho Quyen the best. Even better than ABC.

        I was really happily surprised at the quality of the beef in the Shaking Beef at Jade Bistro. When I ordered it the beef was beautiful tenderloin perfectly medium rare. I have to admit though, that I liked the Shaking Lamb better. I thought they would have the same sauce but they did not. The lamb had a more savory sauce and also nice quality tender meat.

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          CFishman RE: rhnault Oct 4, 2010 09:18 AM

          Bill,

          Thank you for taking the time to document the meal for us slackers. I really enjoyed your pictures and your comments. I was sorry not to be able to join you guys, but it's just too hard to get away during the day right now. I hit Jade Bistro for the first time a couple of weeks ago and also enjoyed the meal. I went for the Shaking Lamb (among other things). My wife and I enjoyed the dish thoroughly, but I wondered if the sauce isn't so strong that it somewhat conceals the difference between lamb and beef. The price difference is only a couple of dollars, so it is not a big deal, but I did find myself thinking about that. I did not have the quail, so I was glad to hear your thoughts and see pictures. The quail at Pho Quyen are excellent, but I happily eat them at ABC as well.

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          Jade Bistro
          2425 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

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      juli5122 RE: Mild Bill Oct 7, 2010 01:29 PM

      Great photos! Hubby loves asian food so we will definitely check it out. Thanks for the low down.

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        TampaAurora RE: Mild Bill Oct 7, 2010 05:22 PM

        Thanks for posting such great photos of our meal! The only "eh" part of the meal was the beef fried wontons - it reminded my of my grandmother's kreplach and not it a good way. But wow, was the chili jam good - I need to figure out how to make that!
        The stars of the meal for me were the quail, the panang beef and the shaking beef. I couldn't ever order the shaking beef as an entree, just too much for me, but sharing it was great. That panang beef was complex and worth going back to order again without letting anyone share!

        1. ivanova RE: Mild Bill Oct 8, 2010 11:46 AM

          Sorry I missed this. I'm more of a lurker here, but I actually went to dinner there later that evening. On the appetizer menu, I love the autumn rolls. They are crispy and fried like an egg roll, but more delicate. There's something extemelly wonderful about the hot, crispy roll wrapped in the lettuce and herbs and dipped in the fish sauce.. My husband's favorite dish is probably the Seafood Udon Hotpot. I love the roast pork with vermicelli (sp) noodles and the duck dishes.

          1. Manderley RE: Mild Bill Oct 11, 2010 05:27 PM

            great review, bill. sorry i missed this! (my NY trip was AWFUL, btw). so who went? based on comments, i'm guessing you, drT, TampaA & her hubby? i'm doing the diet thing seriously now, but i'll be ready for a celebratory chowdown in a couple of months.

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              Mild Bill RE: Manderley Oct 11, 2010 08:23 PM

              Thanks you guys... I really liked most all of the stuff on this trip...
              I'm craving Vietnamese now thinking about it...
              I might hit Pho Quyen for lunch before the end of the week...

              Ivanova, keep an eye out and try to pull up a chair next time... If your husband loved he Seafood Udon Hotpot best he sounds like a great guy! ;-)

              Manderley, I'm withya... I have to take it easy too...

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                CFishman RE: Mild Bill Oct 12, 2010 06:13 AM

                Bill, before you start taking it easy, order the quail.

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              laboheme RE: Mild Bill Oct 13, 2010 03:26 PM

              Great review and pics--I'm sorry that I missed the chowdown! However, you guys inspired me to stop by for shaking beef and summer roll takeout tonight--absolutely delicious dinner for 2 for less than $20. I look forward to going back.

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