Bodhi Thai Restaurant Review


Recently, my parents invited me out to dinner to get some Thai food.  They suggested we go to Bodhi Thai, which was in a most unlikely location: Berwyn, IL.  Berwyn is an up-and-coming area, but it is definitely not known for its high-quality dining.  I was a bit nervous, to say the least.  When I got there, I knew I was wrong.  

The restaurant was very small, but had a great, clean, modern feel to it.  The walls were a lovely spring green color and the place felt very serene and contemporary.  Instead of traditional Asian music, they pumped Norah Jones and KT Tunstall through the speakers.

When I opened the menu, I was absolutely shocked.  Almost every single entree was $7.95- what a bargain! I’m always pretty impressed by entrees under 10 bucks.  Who would think you could eat at a nice table service restaurant and pay the same amount as you would at Panera Bread?

My mother ordered a dish off the specials board called pumpkin pork.  Honestly, I could talk about this dish for hours.  It was one of the best dishes I have had in years.  Sweet, soft, chunks of pumpkin were combined with pork, vegetables, rice, and a delicious sauce.  I asked for many, many bites of her meal, but it was gone pretty quickly.

I got my favorite Thai dish, chicken pad woon sen,  a dish with glass noodles, egg, mushrooms, carrots, peapods, bell peppers, baby corn, tomatoes, and onions.  This one was good, too, but didn’t stand out amongst the many pad woonsens I have had around town.

My father ordered the masamun curry, a coconut milk curry with chicken, sweet potato, squash, peas, onions, and peanuts.  The flavor was incredible and I definitely stole several bites of that, too.

Last night, I returned to Bodhi Thai with a couple of friends and found my new favorite dish: lemongrass chicken.  It was a chicken and vegetable stir-fry with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves.  The sauce that it was covered in was absolutely amazing- I could have eaten the sauce alone!  My friends and I shared this dish and it was a unanimous favorite.

I also tasted another dish- the garlic noodles.  This one was good, but not anything super special.

Overall,  I have been consistently impressed by Bodhi Thai. The value and quality of the food are fabulous and there are some really stand-out dishes there.  I can’t wait to go back!

If you can’t make it to Bodhi Thai, try  making these great Thai dishes at home!
Thai Iced Coffee
Chicken Pad Thai
Thai Chicken Wrap
Fresh Apricot Thai Salad
Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad

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    I first walked in here back in January I’ve been hooked! I never really ate Thai food but a friend recommended it so I decided to give it a shot and I haven’t stopped! I tried other thai places and they don’t compare.

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