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I was expecting Hurricane Irene to rain on my lunch parade today, but we made it through the day with no storms in downtown Orlando. My friend Katie and I grabbed lunch at Napasorn Thai Restaurant downtown on Pine Street. I adore Thai food.
When we walked into Napasorn, it was packed. We were actually seated at the bar because all of the tables were taken. It must be a popular workweek lunch destination, especially on Fridays.
We started out with ginger salads, soft rolls (what they call their spring rolls) and cheese roll crisps.
The ginger salad was your typical Asian salad, and the ginger salad dressing was nice and chunky. Their summer rolls had plenty of shrimp and were really good and refreshing. I also really enjoyed the cheese rolls, which also had shrimp and cream cheese on the inside and was served with a plum dipping sauce. It tasted almost like crab ragoon.
It was a good thing we loaded up on appetizers because it took more than an hour for our main courses to come out. Our waitress explained that the kitchen got slammed all at once. I looked around the restaurant and not one table had their food the whole time we were waiting for ours.
Finally all of the food came out at once to everyone in the restaurant, and the food was definitely hot. You could tell it was coming straight off the stove, running out the kitchen to the tables.
I ordered the tofu pad Thai, which was delicious. It actually ended up being one of the best pad Thais I’ve ever had.
The sauce coating the noodles was delicious, and you can choose how spicy you’d like it. I got it at a medium heat, which was perfect. The only problem was I scoffed it down quicker than I should have. It took so long for the food to get out that I really felt like I needed to get back to the office, so I pretty much inhaled the plate. I don’t know if I even came up for air.
Katie ordered panang curry with chicken, and she said it was her new favorite thing on their menu. It smelled really delicious.
I was appreciative of the extra time Katie and I got to spend catching up, but I definitely can’t be taking two hour lunches every day. I was disappointed in the speed that the food came out, but I also felt bad for the waitress because she was sort of the face of the issue, even though it was a problem in the kitchen.
Do you like spicy foods? I usually like a little bit of spice, but I can’t handle too much. Ordering things at a “medium” is perfect.
What’s the longest you’ve ever had to wait at a restaurant for food? I felt like I was on Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares!