By New Times
By Robrt L. Pela
By Lauren Saria and Heather Hoch
By Deborah Sussman
By Robrt L. Pela and Amy Silverman
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Eric Schaefer
By Heather Hoch
After so much chile and curry and garlic, dessert sounded like a good way to wind things down, so we tried both choices. The "FBI" dessert was a pretty easy crowd-pleaser: fried hunks of banana with a couple big scoops of vanilla ice cream. No complaints there, but I preferred the sticky purple rice, a naturally dark indigo variety of grain cooked into a pudding with coconut milk and served with slices of ripe mango. It was a much more controversial treat a couple of my dining companions couldn't get over how it looked, and I'll spare you the details but I loved its thick, creamy texture, with chewy, swollen grains of rice that burst into starchy sweetness. It was a fun, quirky ending to a feast where my meat-eating companions got their protein fix, the veggie lovers enjoyed plenty of options, and everyone left happy and full.
3110 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Region: Central Phoenix
Papaya salad: $7.95
Coconut soup with chicken: $7.95
Green curry with prawns: $9.95
Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
It almost made me miss being a college student.