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Thai Garden is a tale of two Asian cuisines

I have lived in Central Point for five years and have driven past Thai Garden many times. Recently, I decided to try the restaurant, which serves Thai and Chinese cuisine.

I think I have overlooked it in the past because the front of the building is a glass storefront that has been converted to a restaurant with only a small sign in front. The inside of the restaurant is small, intimate and modern. The large glass windows at the front of the restaurant let in lots of light. Hanging plants decorate the front windows and provide an appealing décor.

The extensive menu provides a variety of Thai and Chinese food. Appetizers include eggs rolls, pot stickers, chicken satay (skewered chicken with peanut sauce) and fried calamari. Soups include hot pots, a Chinese cooking method of placing a simmering pot of soup stock on the table and adding ingredients to be cooked at the table. Ingredients could include thinly sliced meat, vegetables, mushrooms, wontons and seafood. Salads include Thai Garden Salad (shrimp, chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes and hard-boiled egg with peanut dressing). Entrees include a variety of stir-fried meats and vegetables on the Chinese side and several Pad dishes on the Thai side. Pad means stir fried rice noodles — a national dish of Thailand.

There are some traditional Chinese entrees such as Teriyaki Chicken, Kung Pao and Mongolian Beef. On the Thai side, several curries are available such as Red Curry, Roasted Duck Curry and Pineapple Curry. A menu section of noodles provides a variety of Thai noodle dishes. A section on fried rice adds to the Chinese side of the menu.

A variety of seafood dishes is also available.

There is also a section on the menu for lunch specials served daily between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for a set price of $10.95. There are 30 lunch specials, which include stir-fried dishes and Pad dishes. For a small restaurant, the menu is quite extensive. Most of their dishes are cooked to order in woks. Their service is excellent.

My sister ordered the Sweet and Sour lunch special — stir-fried pineapple, tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, bell peppers and cucumbers. I ordered Pad See Ew, a Thai stir-fried noodle dish with eggs, broccoli and carrots in a soy sauce. Both of our dishes came with a Thai Garden salad, rice and a pot sticker or egg roll. Thai Garden makes a special effort to make every dish visually appealing. The food was incredibly tasty, as well.

Now that I have been to Thai Garden, I can say that their prices are good, their service is great and their food is extremely tasty — the trifecta of restaurant food. I am sure that I will visit more often and also take advantage of their take-out menu for food that is fresh and delicious.

Thai Garden is located at 43 N. Third Street in Central Point. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for dinner Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sunday. Call 541-727-7502 to order.

The Sweet and Sour lunch special — stir-fried pineapple, tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, bell peppers and cucumbers. Photo by Cheryl Pearson{ }