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Green Leaf Thai Food in Lakehurst

recordweb Sep 7, 2012 12:38 PM

I'm not sure how Lakehurst is going to support a Thai restaurant but the menu looks good. Anyone try it yet?

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    wontongirl RE: recordweb Sep 12, 2012 05:33 PM

    I ate there once. I will not return. Don't waste time or money going there. There were 2 people at my table and one dinner came out 10 minutes after the other. The presentation of dreadful and the taste was worse. I could go on and on about things that were not good at that restaurant.

    1. Tapas52 RE: recordweb Sep 15, 2012 06:34 AM

      I had a chance to dine at Greenleaf Thai in Lakehurst NJ last night...
      Place was crowded and just across the street Luigis was also bustling with diners....
      Lakehurst is becoming a tiny restaurant destination, with the new Tipperary Pub close by also..lol..Greenleaf has been open since Aug 20.....we were greeted warmly and seated immediately, our Thai server explained some popular apps for us we decided to try the Mini Spring rolls which where crispy and delicious, nice size portion also with a sweet & spicy dipping sauce...
      for entrees we had the Gai Pat Prik King (chix stir fried w/ string bean, basil, chili paste & soy bean) which was delicious, & Kratieum Thai Garlic Shrimp, This was also good but was lacking in spice, but there was a small glass condiment jar on each table that saved the day with home made thai hot sauce which was excellent and really spiced this dish up...it was so good I asked to take home a container of it and they gladly obliged a nice touch......everyone there seemed to be very satisfied with their dinners as we could over hear the buzz in the air.... with the closest Thai place miles away in TR on Fisher Blvd Siam Spice, Greenleaf is a welcome addition to the area restaurant scene...I feel with some time and tweaking they will get better and work out the kinks & be on par with the competition like SP & Siam Basil in Seagirt...GL delivers also.
      we will be back to try more.


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        wontongirl RE: Tapas52 Sep 16, 2012 01:50 PM

        What a different experience from mine. Every part of our meal was awful. I could not compare it to Basil Siam. Disgustibg presentation and unrecognizable flavors

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          Tapas52 RE: wontongirl Sep 17, 2012 03:39 PM

          They are only open a few weeks and working out the kinks hopefully.....We. will try again down the road.

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            wontongirl RE: Tapas52 Sep 26, 2012 09:29 PM

            I thought everything was just "dumped" on the plate. Nothing looked appealing and by the way the plates were boring and the linens all had holes (and that was just the first week). I would never compare Green Leaf to Siam Basil which is awesome and great atmosphere. Green Leaf is just blah green and the wait staff is polite, but no comparison to Siam Basil which really is a class act.

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            Karalani RE: wontongirl Oct 17, 2012 04:21 PM

            That's to bad. I am going there this week. As for Siam Basil on Fisher, I am not impressed. The food is OK unless you order a meat dish. Very little oz of meet cut up. I ordered duck and it was outrageously expensive and had 16 whole cherry tomatoes in it. I don't go out to eat cherry tomatoes.

            I will post after checking out Green Leaf. We eat a lot of Thai food and this area had nothing to offer close by.

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              recordweb RE: Karalani Oct 18, 2012 07:54 AM

              As you can see, I feel different about GreenLeaf then WontonGirl. I also feel you get a decent amount of food for the money and I like the amount of fresh items they toss in the food.

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                Karalani RE: recordweb Oct 18, 2012 09:45 AM

                Thanks for the reply. Actually I went there yesterday after posting. I preordered by phone and went to pick it up. It is a typical sartup Thai restaurant. Same as the one in Toms River was before it was yapped out a bit and marked up. The interior is a little cafeteria style with table cloth. I was itching to decorate the place. Wonder if they would let me. Huge potential. Food was excellent and authentic. We had green curry, ginger chicken, papaya salad and garlic chicken. Packaging was solid. Ordering 3 meals it would have been enough for 6 people. And to top it all off, they deliver to my area. I am soo happy. Also the lady was super nice. If the owner reads this, here is some advice:
                The chairs are very nice, paint the walls a muted color, keep it earthy and muted reds and greens. Spruce up the wood paneling, hide the glass refrigerator and drink machine behind a “Spanish wall”, Hang shabby clique lighting (Ikea), White table cloth and table candles, mute lighting, (as money comes in you can add class tops on table cloth to keep them clean), lots of plants. For under 2000 k you could transform that place. Good luck. I will be back.

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                  recordweb RE: Karalani Oct 18, 2012 08:17 PM

                  Good comments on the decor and I agree 100%. I'd like these guys to be around for awhile. had the Generals Chicken today and the Somosas again. Just can't get enough of those things. I asked for the Generals to be spicey and I could have took it a little hotter but my wife thought for her, it was dead on. Glad you liked it. Tell your friends.

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          recordweb RE: recordweb Sep 28, 2012 04:08 PM

          Well I've gotten to eat there four times so far. The Chinese chicken was overcooked (Generals and no heat so we won't get that again). I've had four thai dishes so far and I've enjoyed all of them. I'm getting take out each time. The place looks boring and I'm not sitting there but the feed back I get from local merchants is they enjoy eating there so much that they've stop going to the other places. Since I'm not driving 25 minutes for take out over on Fisher Blvd for Thai or Siam (which I've enjoyed when coming home from Seaside,), if I want thai, I'll keep trying their dishes. The noodle dishes have been fine. The mini rolls were great and a favorite with the dipping sauces. I think WontonGirl had a bad night or owns a chinese place close by. It just doesn't desire to get beat this hard.

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            wontongirl RE: recordweb Oct 7, 2012 11:00 AM

            I definitely do not own a restaurant of any kind. I do think this is a venue to let people know of good and not so good experiences so I posted my thoughts. I enjoy good food and would drive a distance to have it. I have favorite restaurants in Bordentown - Marcello's for Italian, Newark - Iberias for Portugese as well as Toms River and Lakehurst for some other types.

            Recordweb, have you tried for breakfast the new place on Water Street near the Post Office called Poppy's Place? It's a keeper! As far as Greenleaf Thai, you are right about the place looking boring. For chinese I prefer Great Wok also in Lakehurst. It's consistantly good - but it is for chinese as the chef is good, but there isn't a Thai selection on that menu.

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              recordweb RE: wontongirl Oct 9, 2012 11:35 AM

              I like driving for good food also. It's probably why I like the Borgata or the Revel. Nothing but Iron Chiefs and Michelen winners. Locally, for Chinese, I like Peking. I'll try Great Wok on your suggestion. I wish Green Leaf would brighten the place up a little but driving over to Fisher Blvd is a bit of hike when I'm happy with Green Leaf. One thing I do like about them is they use (or at least, I think they use) fresh herbs and spices in their food. To me, it's take out only. The prices are very reasonable compared to other places. Lakehurst is picking up a lot of good places to eat. The base is certainly helping. I'm thinking of opening a business on 70 if I can get a decent deal on space.

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                Quine RE: recordweb Oct 9, 2012 06:39 PM

                Just an interesting aside, two of the Borgata Chefs are now in Germany competing in the Food Olympics. So yeah, they have some award winning staff besides the Celeb Chefs.

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                recordweb RE: wontongirl Oct 9, 2012 11:38 AM

                Got any places to eat middle eastern food. I'm looking for a good Falafal house?

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                  wontongirl RE: recordweb Oct 14, 2012 02:26 PM

                  Recordweb, if you don't mind driving to Lakewood, Village Pizza at 4715 State Route 9
                  has really good Falafal and other Israeli choices. It does have casual seating. I used it for take-out for a party and was very pleased with their salads and wraps. Have you found the Turkish market on Route 166? They have lots of interesting things especially since you do take-out. I cannot speak for ingredients re Green Leaf. I've already taken that one off my list. :)

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                    recordweb RE: wontongirl Oct 15, 2012 04:16 PM

                    I didn't know about Village Pizza and I'll check it out. Green Leaf has changed the feel of the place a little. Trial and error I guess. We had the Somasa's and the Peanut Chicken today. Both were great. No issues with you going. There are enough places to eat at for everyone. As for the Turkish market, I haven't seen it and I'm not sure where it is.

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                      njfreqflyer RE: recordweb Oct 16, 2012 07:12 AM

                      "Yener Turkish Market" or "European Food Market" is in the same strip mall as Ja Rock, Il Giardinello, El Familiar, Lusia's Polish Deli, and the (former) Athens Grill.

                      Great place and very nice owners. I get my pita there (arrives fresh on Thursdays or Fridays) and Turkish delights (jellies). Also a good source for spices, feta-like cheese, olive bar, and baklava.

                      Yener Turkish Food Market
                      1234 Rt 166, Toms River, NJ.
                      (732) 505-0333

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                  ronniesue RE: wontongirl Oct 20, 2012 07:19 PM

                  Wontongirl...I believe the people who own/run Poppy's Place used to own Tina's Bagels in Trenton. If you are going out that way, you should try La Piazza in Allentown. They have good italian food.

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                    wontongirl RE: ronniesue Oct 23, 2012 06:17 AM

                    ronniesue.. You are right! Tina is right there greeting all her guests and has spoken about Tina's in Trenton. I go through Allentown often. What do you recommend at La Piazza?

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                bobd8487 RE: recordweb Jan 11, 2013 09:14 AM

                After reading all the mixed reviews on this site, I had mixed feelings about going. I am very glad we did eat there last night. It would seem that they corrected many if not all of the concerns and criticisms posted here. Our service was good, the place was neat and clean. The presentation of the meals was good and we loved our meals from appetizers to soups to entrees. We will definitely return to eat in, as well as use them for occasional take-out meals. It is, of course, located in Lakehurst...not Red Bank, not NYC...so the casual look and feel should be expected. I wish them well and hope they, along with downtown Lakehurst, survive and prosper.

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                  Tapas52 RE: bobd8487 Jan 11, 2013 10:41 AM

                  Bob great news ...I must return soon also...glad you enjoyed it!

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                    CatLadyJan RE: Tapas52 Jan 11, 2013 11:04 AM

                    My litmus test for good/great Thai food is not only good taste of course, but the heat factor. So many times I ask for it spicy and I make it known I mean spicy as I love and eat very very spicy food, but these places simply continue to miss the mark. The only place I can say that does not that I am aware of and have been going to for many years is Four Seasons in Piscataway, but that is a haul for me since I live at the shore. How is Green Leaf in this area?

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                      bobd8487 RE: CatLadyJan Jan 11, 2013 11:23 AM

                      I like different flavor combinations, and my wife and I both love anything with curry. I like heat, but not too much to distract from the taste of the dish. GL's menu clearly marks everything they consider "spicy". Our server was only too happy to tell us which end of the scale it was on before we ordered. A nice touch was the plate of fresh melon pieces that came after the meal to neutralize the heat before desert.

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                        wontongirl RE: CatLadyJan Jan 15, 2013 05:35 PM

                        CatladyJan I would recommend you go to Fischer Blvd in TR or up to Wall for good Thai food.

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                          CatLadyJan RE: wontongirl Jan 19, 2013 03:05 AM

                          Wontongirl, thanks but I have been to both (you mean Siam Spice in toms river, correct?) that's very good, however I have to tell you I am disappointed in the Thai basil in wall, we keep giving that place second chances and they were "good" for awhile but the last time we went about 6 weeks ago we were disappointed. Every time I ask them to please ramp up the spice it comes bland. I have given up on them.

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                            MGZ RE: CatLadyJan Jan 19, 2013 04:01 AM

                            I agree with your thoughts about Thai Basil. The food just always seemed sort of one or two notes short of hitting the chord. Even when they have "ramped up" the spice level, it was simply with the addition of a last minute sprinkling of crushed, dried chile pepper flakes.

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                              CatLadyJan RE: MGZ Jan 19, 2013 06:26 AM

                              MGZ, you are exactly correct on that about the last minute sprinkling of pepper flakes. I am done with them. We are on our way today to Shanghai Noodle in Edison today to get some good noodle soups and such. They have a spicy beef noodle soup I will probably try. I can't take the lightweight spice down here below the "mason dixon" line, LOL!

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                                MGZ RE: CatLadyJan Jan 19, 2013 07:03 AM

                                It may be too late for your trip today, but I've had some brow sweat* dishes at Dragon Palace in Edison. Check it out if you feel the need for a second lunch.

                                Funny thing about many Asian restaurants, they seem to be really kinda sexist. If I ask for something "Thai Spicy" or "Tell the chef that I want it the way s/he'd make it for the staff/family", I usually get some firery dishes. My wife can say the same thing and it tends to be much tamer. Then again, I'm a guy who is what some may call rugged or burly - six foot, a hundred and eighty pounds, often unshaven. She's what one might call petite - five and a couple inches and around a buck ten on the scale.

                                *The four degrees of heat - (1) lip sweat, (2) brow sweat, (3) runny nose, (4) all of the above.

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                                  CatLadyJan RE: MGZ Jan 21, 2013 03:36 PM

                                  MGZ before I retired I used to go to Dragon Palace in Iselin/Edison. They are really good. I too let everyone know I like "thai spicy" and most times I get that. I guess I am just disappointed that the shore area where I live just never got off the ground so to speak with ethnic food. Different places have opened down here over the years but they either never last or dumb down the food as the local steak and mashed potatoes crew are afraid to try something with kick. My feeling is if you want to eat food that is different and exciting give it a chance or don't go in the first place. It spoils it for the rest of us.

                    2. re: bobd8487
                      wontongirl RE: bobd8487 Jan 15, 2013 05:37 PM

                      Bobd8487, Lakehurst doesn't have to be "casual" because it's not Red Bank or NYC. Italy's Best certainly has a lovely dining room though the shopping center that it's located in is really the pits.

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                        Tapas52 RE: wontongirl Jan 21, 2013 02:37 PM

                        I just had a delicious lunch at Green Leaf Thai in Lakehurst NJ, this afternoon, my server Susie was very delightful explaining many of the Thai dishes,..accommodating my extra spicy request was no problem also, Thai Spring Rolls, Spicy Thai Shrimp w/ String Beans...YUM!

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                      recordweb RE: recordweb Dec 16, 2013 02:23 PM

                      Website was down. Back up and you can see and download the menus.

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