Pakpao Thai (same owners as Oak)
What: Thai (duh)
Where: Design District, Dallas
Let’s start with these bright and colorful beauties. I had the pink drink with the crazy garnish– the “Hibiscus Flame”: prosecco + flor de cana rum + white peach + lychee. It was refreshing and super sweet…and I dropped that lychee into the drink and tried not to be freaked out by it. I don’t remember the names of the other drinks (not mine), but the coconut milk cocktail was so delicious and the pineapple one in the background was good too. They have a fun little cocktail menu!
We came here as a late birthday dinner, and my sweet friend Nina was kind enough to treat me to this delicious dinner (perfect gift for TFG ) We started with these crispy fish cakes which turned out to be more like 4 amuse bouches. They were made up of catfish, which sort of threw me off (but we are in Texas), but they were light and tasty. We asked our waiter what the most popular appetizer is and this was it.
I loved the open and naturally lit space. It’s pretty small as far as number of tables and we had an awkward first moment. My friend got there before my husband and I, and the hostess said they had a table for 4. They seated her and her boyfriend, meanwhile another group of about 4 came in and asked for a table. The hostess walked over and asked Nina if her party was all here…after she was seated…and she said we were on our way (we were there within minutes). The hostess then told that other group of 4 that there was an hour wait…wow. We missed that by a hair, but it’s evident the staff needs a bit more training, but I guess it’s understandable since they recently opened.
Onto the good stuff. I ordered the tried and true Pad Thai. This dish was just as it should be, but also fresh and not greasy. A+, Pakpao. I’m craving this dish just thinking about it again…
My husband had the pad se ew (sorry for the blurry photo) but this dish was even more flavorful than my Pad Thai and again, not greasy either. It was refreshing to have “clean” Thai food..something that is hard to find around here!
I wish we weren’t too full for dessert…we will be back to try their “Citrus steamed cake with lemongrass creme anglaise”. Mmmm! I highly recommend this spot if you’re into Asian cuisine.
That Foodie Girl