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Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood

Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood

Restaurant resurrection seldom succeeds, but when it does, it’s a story worth telling. Kenwood Thai food mainstay Mekong had a great six-year run until owner Phout Bouthavong sold the lease upon her retirement. The staff, however, wasn’t quite ready to call it quits. Two waitresses—Bouthavong’s niece Lisa Pasith and Valerie Germain—along with Megan Sand approached the staff about re-opening around the corner under a new name. Fortunately, all were in agreement. Contracts were quickly signed and Bamboo Kitchen—in the spirit of Mekong—was quickly up and running. All the Mekong standards stayed: the sweet and tangy Pad Thai Tofu, the Pad Kee-Mao wide noodles with plenty of broccoli, basil, and cabbage bathed in a smoky sauce, and the spicy coconut milk-based curries—panang, massaman, green, and yellow—all studded with plenty of veg and herb. They’re all dead-on. Even the giant tapioca balls in the colorful bubble teas and the post-prandial coffee and tamarind candies keep the love alive. Bamboo Kitchen also benefits from better organization—you won’t be sitting at a booth in the hallway at this iteration, but navigating the Sycamore Plaza lot can be tricky at first. Small price to pay for an otherwise flawless resurrection.
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Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood

With that in mind, my girlfriend and I opted for an evening of Thai food. Our favorite Thai restaurant, Mekong, closed shop several months ago, replaced by the disappointing Bangkok Street on Montgomery Road, owned by the same folks who brought us Zab Thai in Loveland. In our two visits there, we had dealt with meals so greasy that we vowed never to return again. The availability of nearby Thai is still fairly bountiful, and while we weren’t excited about our first meal at the newer Bamboo Kitchen on Kenwood Road, which is co-owned by a niece of Mekong
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Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood

We chose an order of summer rolls, to be followed up by two entrees of Pad Kee-Mao. My girlfriend opted for the tofu version, while I chose the chicken. Spice levels at Bamboo are on a 1-3 scale, and we each selected a two.

Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood

Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood
Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood
Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood
Bamboo Kitchen Kenwood

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