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!
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