Bambu - North Dallas / Richardson - Incredible New Thai Restaurant!
My family tried a new Thai restaurant in our neighborhood the other night. It is at the corner of Coit and Campbell hidden behind a Starbucks and a Qdoba. I am so glad we found it. The food and service were both top notch. The menu and daily specials are not just your run of the mill Thai entries either. There are many authentic dishes and they are even off menu items that they will make if you ask. I was with my two young kids so we played it pretty safe so they would eat everything. We tried the dumplings, ribeye/mushroom and ribeye/scallion skewers, clams basil, grilled whole calamari, pad see eew, and the Bambu special (crab) fried rice. The dumplings were not my favorite but my family loved them. The ribeye was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Clams basil had great flavor and was a fun dish. The grilled calamari was a pleasant change from the fried version. It came with two dipping sauces. One sweet and one spicy. Both were very tasty. Pad See Eew was the best I've had in DFW. The tartness of the chinese broccoli really balanced well with the sweet but not too sweet sauce. The Bambu special fried rice, with lump crab meat in it, was awesome. I'd put it up there with Shinsei as the best fried rice I've had in town. BYOB is always a plus too. Definitely give this place a try and tell your friends about it. They are in a tough location and I would really like to see them to succeed.
You can see the menu here:
You can see from the early yelp reviews that people are really enjoying it.
1930 N Coit Rd #100, Richardson, TX 75080
Good report I will try to hit it up, but first do you remember what the off menu items consisted of? I' m in the neighborhood all the time as my in-laws live close to there. I have passed by thinking that it was another chain with Americanized fusion fare. This also applied to Secret Recipe when I first saw it.
1404 W Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75010
Had a late dinner here last night. Other than the table where everyone was speaking Thai, we had the restaurant all to ourselves. They do not have a Thai-language menu. My companion ordered chicken larb (level 3) and I got the crying tiger beef salad and asked for Thai spicy. The server asked if we would want sticky rice with these, but they had run out for the day (got there about half an hour before closing).
Larb did a nice job balancing all of the flavors: the zest hits you first, and then the roasted chili and fish sauce flavor notes were apparent but not dominant. The server did not ask about how I want the beef on the crying tiger cooked, so keep that in mind if you order this dish. For my order, it came out lightly seared and rare inside. Dipping sauce had toasted rice which gave it a nutty flavor profile. I was fine with the spice level, but a little disappointed after finding out they would have been willing to go hotter if desired. Both dishes had fresh, crisp vegetables and they had a sharp, zesty citrus flavor that jabs at you, while the heat felt like it built up in layers.
Now here is something none of the Yelp reviews address (as if that's a surprise...):
I got a conversation going with the server about the menu and their cultural influence, and I know I am definitely coming to eat here again. I mentioned that the salads seemed different than some Thai restaurants and he said their chef is from Isan, which is the northeastern region of Thailand that has a significant Lao population. He said their foods are not as complex as other regions and their preparation of some central Thai staples can differ. Sticky rice is a staple dish and usually accompanies every meal.
I asked him about some regional dishes and he said the salads are definitely done differently there because they have a more sour/spicier flavor profile than the Bangkok version. He mentioned a couple others that were on this post (bamboo shoot stew and nem kau).
And we definitely have to convince that chef to make us khao soi - that is a Burmese influenced dish hailing from that area, correct?
Bottom line, if you are one of those people that doesn't like your Thai food to have overtly sweet notes (as typically found in Central thai places), you'll really like this place. Makes sense why OP was impressed with the pad see ew's balance of flavors.
And for anyone interested (especially Lewisvillehounder), if you want to research an authentic Isan Thai restaurant within the U.S., I suggest reading about Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas.
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Ate there tonight. The razor clams and yellowfin collar were both very good. Sally, who I assume is an owner, was a delight.
Fortunately it is located right around the corner, so I hope to visit again soon.
We ate there last Friday night. We loved the decor and the service was great. We sampled several things on the menu- started with the soft shell crab. Crispy and wonderful, also had the steamed dumpling which was terrific. Entree -table shared the crab fried rice. ( this was one of the best fried rice dishes I have ever had. Also,Pad Thai which was good nothing special, and the Sea Bass with Green Curry. The Sea Bass was outstanding, cooked perfect with a really nice mild green curry. It was priced at $15.00 which I think is really a good deal for Sea Bass. We can't wait to go back again. The only bad thing is it's on the back of the shopping center and hard to find.