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lexusalhambra Apr 23, 2014 05:52 PM

Anyone been to the new place in the Hana Market?


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  1. dinaofdoom RE: lexusalhambra Apr 24, 2014 05:04 PM

    haven't been but will scope it out next week!
    seems SPIN-ish, and that's a good thing.

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      Rptrane RE: dinaofdoom Apr 25, 2014 03:33 AM

      Dude that place was onto something. Still don't understand why they closed. Place was always packed when I went.

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        Rptrane RE: dinaofdoom Apr 26, 2014 12:27 PM

        Went there today had the chicken thigh, curried beef and macaroni and cheese. and the coconut and brussel sprouts slaw. The good: the mac and cheese was excellent. Really unique dish something I've never had before. The slaw was also really great.
        The not so good: the fried chicken was bland and at $7 was horribly overpriced for a lone chicken thigh. This whole dish needs to be re-thought.
        In conclusion I would gladly go back but not for the chicken. With some more refinement this place could be awesome.

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          dinaofdoom RE: Rptrane Apr 26, 2014 08:41 PM

          really looking forward to trying it next week. the slaw sounds right up my alley.

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          Carter B. RE: dinaofdoom Apr 27, 2014 05:36 PM

          I did not think the execution was remotely like Spin Thai though I only went there once.

        3. slowcoooked RE: lexusalhambra Apr 25, 2014 06:59 AM

          the pics on yelp look killer, I have to go

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            Carter B. RE: lexusalhambra Apr 27, 2014 05:34 PM

            Went with coworkers on Friday but I went to the Korean place so we could see more dishes. I had a couple of small bites of the hushpuppies, Mac & cheese, and shrimp grits and was not amazed. Others said their favorite was the meatloaf. The Mac & cheese was misnomer--Padang beef with shells. No cheese. The flavor was good but the fusion added nothing. The hush puppy tasted fine but I wouldn't have identified it as taro. I tasted the sauce of the shrimp & grits and it was straight Tom Khai--this is the dish of the three I'd get, but if I were back I'd go beef tongue and hope to snag a bit of meatloaf. The collard greens are apparently being shelved.

            Btw, the spicy pork bone soup at the Korean was quite good, nice rich broth as you suspect it would

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              Rptrane RE: Carter B. Apr 27, 2014 07:10 PM

              I disagree I think there was cheese in the mac. It was a white cheese and there wasn't a bunch of it but it was there. If you go back get the slaw.

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              foodiegal71 RE: lexusalhambra May 6, 2014 12:29 PM

              I went Saturday evening. I tried the hushpuppies, catfish fingers, pork buns and fried chicken.

              The fried chicken was other worldly to me. The things that came with it weren't really that interesting. I like a good papaya salad, but this was lacking something. Maybe if I'd eaten the chicken and it together it would have worked better?

              The catfish fingers were fine, but the star on that was the herb salad and the dressing. They made it really pop.

              The pork buns are my favorite version in Austin. The pear on them was the perfect contrast to the fatty richness of the pork.

              And the hushpuppies...wow. I could eat 80 of those things. Fluffy, sweet, tangy...everything I could want in a little bite.

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                Carter B. RE: lexusalhambra May 15, 2014 02:31 PM

                We went again for lunch today and the whole experience seem different my previously reported time.

                The food was served on actual plates and not some paper goods, the plating was restaurant class, and the food was different (the hushpuppies had a sauce). I don't know if the one day we went the chef and dishwasher were taking the day off. Anyway, I had the chicken and deviled egg (the collard greens is off the menu). The chicken, as foodiegal76 reports, was might good. The deviled eggs were fried and good but not as spectacular. I had a bite of the meatloaf this time and it is a winner.

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                  rudeboy RE: Carter B. May 15, 2014 02:45 PM

                  Thanks for the follow-up, Carter B. What was the hushpuppy sauce?

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                    Carter B. RE: rudeboy May 15, 2014 06:26 PM

                    Sadly, I didn't pay much attention. Someone else got them and I snagged one while hungry--slightly sweet and garlicky is my haphazard memory.

                    Have you been yet, rudeboy?

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                      rudeboy RE: Carter B. May 15, 2014 11:23 PM

                      No. not yet Carter B.

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                      foodiegal71 RE: rudeboy May 20, 2014 08:04 AM

                      I went again Sunday evening. The hushpuppy sauce is a sweet chili sauce. I got mostly the same stuff but instead of the catfish, this time I got the tom kha shrimp and grits. I'm going to eat that again. And again. And again. It was insanely good. The chicken was overcooked this time, but still packed full of flavor and crunch.

                  2. slowcoooked RE: lexusalhambra about 18 hours ago

                    We went for lunch on Monday and had the pepper beef tongue, fried chicken thigh, deviled eggs, thai tea chess pie, and pork belly. Every dish was good to excellent, but the beef tongue stole the show. a slightly sweet and salty marinade lended a well carmelized exterior to perfection with a melt in your mouth slight crunch to the final product. outstanding. broccoli slaw was great as well.

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