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967 W. Broadway (ex-Joyful Kitchen) - anyone TOFTT ?

LotusRapper Jan 28, 2011 07:52 PM

The one that opened last fall as Joyful Kitchen:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/747695

Then changed their name once again just in the last few weeks. Anyone been ?

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  1. grayelf RE: LotusRapper Jan 28, 2011 10:20 PM

    Haven't been but did notice a couple days ago it had morphed into "Tiny Malaysian" which is ironic as it is rather a large room. I TOFTT in its previous brief incarnation as Joyful and unless the cooking has changed I won't be rushing back...

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      LotusRapper RE: grayelf Jan 29, 2011 07:35 AM

      Thanks GE. That's it, Tiny Malaysian. Almost a sarcastic self-deprecating name to get people's attention, lol. At any rate I found your CT review and they seem average. I might still try them out, as I'm no Malay cuisine expert so I'm pretty easy to please I'm sure.

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        betterthanbourdain RE: LotusRapper Feb 1, 2011 10:58 AM

        is it merely a name change with the same management/owners/cooks?
        i did try their hainamese chicken, curry laksa and something else. none was memorable and worth going back for.

        it there are changes i would toftt when i am in the area next.

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          grayelf RE: betterthanbourdain Feb 1, 2011 05:09 PM

          Drove by yesterday and it's Mini Malaysia, so either I was wrong or it's changed yet again. Don't know about the mgmt/cooking...

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            LotusRapper RE: grayelf Feb 1, 2011 06:36 PM

            Drove by there TONIGHT (an hour ago), and guess what ? It's now even less than Mini.

            Brown paper plastered all over the glass, with a white paper sign "Closed For Renovations".

            Hmmmmm ........

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              grayelf RE: LotusRapper Feb 15, 2011 10:13 PM

              New awning that has a different name altogether... Red something... "Asian cuisine"... not open yet.

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                fmed RE: grayelf Feb 16, 2011 07:25 AM

                Red Ginger. I saw it last weekend when I had lunch at Saravanaa Bhavan with my kids. Red Ginger is a Malaysian native plant....so maybe just a re-brand or are doing what many (too many) restaurants are doing here - going fusion.

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                  LotusRapper RE: grayelf Feb 16, 2011 09:36 AM

                  I drove by last night around 8pm and the new awning caught my eye. But I only saw the "Asian" part.

                  Man these guys change tunes quicker than Capitol Hill senators in an inquest :-D

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                    farman RE: LotusRapper Feb 16, 2011 10:06 AM

                    I know, it's awesome.

                    I want to set up a time lapse video of the storefront, but I'm afraid we'd miss some of the intermediate names!

                    But that being said, I applaud people to try and rework things if they aren't working instead of continuing to fail with a struggling concept.

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                      LotusRapper RE: farman Mar 23, 2011 10:40 PM

                      Just saw their ad in the West Ender. It'll be called Red Ginger, owned and operated by Kam (of Kam's on Davie)

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                        À la carte RE: LotusRapper Apr 24, 2011 09:47 PM

                        I checked it out recently -- the portions are large, the prices very reasonable, and the ambience better than most, but the food was rather bland for my taste. Still, a reasonable option for the neighbourhood.

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                          Sam Salmon RE: À la carte Apr 29, 2011 03:28 PM

                          Agree with A la carte-the place is well run and already popular with the local lunch crowd.

                          Food was a bit on the bland side for my taste but when the Mee Goreng was delivered to my table it drew envious glances and appreciative comments from nearby diners.

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