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Da Nang, Albany - another restaurant gone crispy

lmnopm Jul 10, 2012 09:50 PM

Shame - a lot of fires recently.

  1. Robert Lauriston Jan 3, 2013 10:16 AM

    I said "spicy but not Thai spicy," which they took to mean "not very spicy."

    Papaya salad, excellent.

    Thai fresh rolls, very good.

    Bo la lot (only dish we ordered from the Vietnamese menu), grape leaves instead of lot leaves, dipping sauce one-dimensional.

    Salty fish (fish paste) fried rice, decent though probably scaled back from what it should be.

    Pad seew, wok hay a bit off so it was slightly burned tasting, a bit sweet, bland. Incompetent, bascially.

    Seems like the kind of place where you could eat really well if you were a regular, not so good for newcomers.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      sambamaster Jan 3, 2013 10:20 AM

      It was much better when it was a purely Vietnamese place...the owner, from Vietnam, had some great dishes...she even made special requests if I called ahead...
      Was in the other day, had an "OK" larb ped which was not offensive, but the vibe is creepy now. might go in for the pork shoulder, but nothing else...is it khao kha moo? anyway, it's been decent in the past...

      1. re: sambamaster
        Robert Lauriston Jan 3, 2013 10:47 AM

        The menus gave me the impression Thais bought the place and kept a few Vietnamese dishes. Is it actually the same owner?

        Some places on the Web it's called Muang Thai, other places Krung-Thep.

        No beer or wine, the license expired in June 2011.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          sambamaster Jan 3, 2013 03:18 PM

          Not the same owner at all. She was Viet, married to an American ex-Air Force guy, or similar. Though the food was decent, her business was always slow...then they divorced and she sold to the owner of the Thai place above the motel down from Happy Golden Bowl, but I think he is not involved any longer...

          1. re: sambamaster
            salome_st_john Jan 3, 2013 04:49 PM

            Hmmm, I'm not sure how the vibe is creepy. I go there regularly, at least once (and sometimes a few) times a month and have taken friends there on many occasions -- every single one has requested to come back, including friends who complained at first about coming over from SF.

            There's a lot to recommend but people are always delighted by the happiness crepe/pancake, the spicy curry, the pumpkin curry, the pad kee maow with ground pork. I too like the Thai fresh rolls, and yes the kha moo as well as the chicken soup/pho. If the trout is on the specials menu - get it.

        2. re: sambamaster
          Robert Lauriston Jan 3, 2013 05:07 PM

          The atmosphere was fine last night, servers were friendly. Pretty lively for after 9pm on a weeknight in Albany as there was a large party celebrating a birthday or something.

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        rccola Jul 14, 2012 09:08 PM

        Charlie, the wonderful owner who uses the recipes his mom cooked for the King of Thailand, said it was not a major fire and they will be open next week.

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        1. re: rccola
          lmnopm Jul 29, 2012 12:26 PM


          1. re: lmnopm
            rccola Aug 4, 2012 09:08 PM

            And the fried rainbow trout with green apple/ground chicken/shrimp/other vegetables on top for something like $12.99 is spectacular.

            1. re: rccola
              Ruth Lafler Sep 14, 2012 09:43 AM

              Ooh, I was there last night and almost ordered that. We ordered Vietnamese dishes and they were unimpressive. Sounds like Thai is the way to go there. Any more suggestions on what to order?

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                rccola Sep 16, 2012 04:46 PM

                Oh, Ruth, I'd be trashed if you went there on my say-so and didn't like it! I'd be glad to go with you sometime.

                The Vietnamese happiness crepe is very impressive to everyone I've gotten it for, as is the chicken soup. In general, bun dishes are not my cup of tea.

                If you like pork, get the ka moo (pork shoulder), the som tom (I eat it as a side dish, like a pickle), the pad thai, pumpkin curry with tofu and that trout or the light salad that goes atop. They're on the little chalk board next to the door.

                I took my Laotian gardener and two of his cousins to lunch there and they thought it was wonderful, even saying they were bringing their wives down from Vallejo to eat there. Our daughter and my husband have separately hosted work groups traveling from the City and everyone said they'd go back. Sadly, no leftovers for me.

                The only thing I didn't like there was a "special pink sauce" which tasted like weird tomato soup diluted.

                1. re: rccola
                  Ruth Lafler Sep 16, 2012 05:22 PM

                  We did like the crepe -- it's one of my favorite dishes and I almost always order it when it's available. The bun was quite weak, I thought, as was the curry my friend ordered.

                  Next time I'm in the area I'd try the Thai dishes.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                    Mission Sep 17, 2012 12:46 AM

                    Add Breads of India to the list.

                    Berkeley branch

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