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mjoyous Jun 2, 2011 03:43 AM

Any reports? Can I just get an order of spring rolls at the bar? Thinking about stopping this evening.
Thanks.

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    mjoyous Jun 16, 2011 01:48 PM

    So, finally made it to SD last night. Service was a bit rushed; it seems there were a lot of early diners trying to get to a BSC presentation on time. Great for them to get served quickly, but we weren't going to the theater and would have appreciated being asked if we were in a hurry.
    Had spring rolls (of course) and shrimp pad thai. We didn't know if we should order 1 or two servings of pad thai--at Kim's one was more than enough, but the pad thai at Jae's Spice was a much more modest serving.
    We started ordering two but our server recommended one was more than enough for us (2 women), which it was.
    As to the food-- the spring rolls were just as everyone has said: good, but not anything as great as at Kim's Dragon. And I think I figured out why. A friend mentioned that when she was there they tasted like other fried food from the fryolater, and a light went off for me. Traditionally, Vietnamese frying is shallow, pan frying. I remember when Kim first opened in a funky little diner on West Housatonic (not where the Dragon ended up), watching them pan fry the spring rolls. My guess is that tradition continued at the original Dragon, but that Railroad St and Spice Dragon dump them in a fryolator--hence, greasier from reused oil and everything else being fried.
    Oh well.
    As to the pad thai, the flavor was OK. Way better than what I'd had a few months back at Flavours, where there appeared to be no fish sauce and it was utterly bland. Unfortunately, the rice noodles were way too chewy--come on guys, you just have to soak them long enough in hot water!
    However, we will go back, and the spring rolls appeared at almost every table we saw, so there's a lot of us missing the old fashioned ones (by the way, the only other place I know that makes really light, well fried and very tasty--though tiny--spring rolls is My Linh in Albany.)

    1. BerkshireTsarina Jun 2, 2011 04:38 PM

      Hi Joyous,
      Sorry to report, and maybe it was a bad night , but --
      Spring rolls were better than Railroad Street, but not up to Kim's Dragon.
      Shaken Beef also so-so.
      The original Dragon is still much missed.
      P.S. What was really terrible was the rice -- how can this be????

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      Kim's Dragon Restaurant
      1231 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

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        cowgirlinthesand Jun 2, 2011 09:51 PM

        Oh no! I am hating reading this. I drive by the Dragon every day and it is so lonely and forsaken, wth the lone tan SUV in the lot.
        I hope they can smooth out the kinks. And fast!

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        breadfan Jun 2, 2011 04:08 AM

        I went opening night and a week later. I went specifically for the Spring Rolls and the Shaken Beef. I must say I was not disappointed in either. Both brought back warm memories of Kim's Dragon. I don't think you'll have a problem ordering from the bar, a few lady friends of mine enjoyed their meal at the bar. I hope they continue to do well.

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        Kim's Dragon Restaurant
        1231 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

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          mjoyous Jun 2, 2011 01:58 PM

          Thanks. Might not make it tonight, but will post as soon as I get there. Hoping the spring rolls are better than the last 2 times at Railroad St.

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