and enough of that hate, let's talk about LOVE. We love Zen Bistro, it's a super small, locally owned Thai Restaurant down in the Beach Street area [on Bay Street just West of North Beach]. For starters the biggest tip I can give you is to get there by 11:30 a.m. on weekdays to insure you can get a table.... there's only a dozen or so tables and many are 2 seaters and by noon on any given day they are FULL with even more people hanging out front waiting.
Now, not to bash another establishment BUT there is another Thai restaurant across the street and it's significantly bigger and therefore you can always get a seat.... BUT there's a reason for that. It's simply not as good. Not the flavors, not the service. I've done practically side by side comparisons. Pass it by and get take out from Zen before meandering over there for second best.
That said, when we decide on Zen we get there between 11:15 and 11:45 and are never alone but also never without a seat....
|Pad See Eew & Beef Fried Rice|
Now, I don't usually eat dessert with lunch, but the owner gave us Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango once as a gesture and OMFreakingG.... I could eat nothing else for every meal and be so happy [and fat] and so I took writing this review as an opportunity to order it.... I mean, I NEEDED a picture right? Seriously, just once treat yourself. Mango is not something I would usually pick.... but in this combo.... sticky rice, sweet coconut milk, mango, sesame seeds.... lordy, just try it. You can thank me later!
|Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango|
Bottom line, great atmosphere, awesome staff, authentic menu. Everything is cooked to order, super fast & fresh and to your specs.... ranging from no spice to Thai Hot and even Medium & 1/2 if you are so inclined! Worth the trip to Beach Street for a little bit of awesome Thai.
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