When we pulled into PadThai Kitchen, which recently opened on the east end of the Woodland Street Bridge, Jack Silverman all but had tears in his eyes he was so happy to have a new Asian restaurant on his side of the Cumberland. Coincidentally, fellow food writer Dana Kopp Franklin was already there when Jack, Mr. Pink and I entered the roadhouse-style building that formerly housed Moon's and Cantrell's barbecue restaurants and Most Wanted Pizza, so we consolidated our parties at a four-top on the covered patio overlooking the asphalt moat around LP Field.
PadThai Kitchen has been open for all of four days, so we don't begrudge the fact that service was achingly slow. We just assume things will get better. Timing not withstanding, we had a delightful lunch, which started with tiny, piping-hot spring rolls and a lovely, light broth with bits of chicken, tofu and cilantro, served in a pretty glass bowl.
The eponymous pad Thai was a generous and extremely sweet plate of rice noodles, chicken and tender de-veined shrimp, with bits of scrambled egg, crushed peanuts and a lime wedge. Pad ped nor mai (spicy chicken with bamboo) was fresh and tender, if not as spicy as we hoped for when we asked for 5 out of 5 on the hotness scale. The runaway favorite of our meal was larb nuew, a spicy salad of minced beef with pink onion, cilantro and lime juice, served with rice.
Topped off with a round of super-sweet and creamy Thai iced teas, our lunch for three clocked in at $25 plus tip. It may have taken longer than we would have liked—Jack was racing to his desk to email the East Nashville Listserv about PadThai Kitchen, and I wanted to get back in time to scoop Dana—but we enjoyed every minute and bite of our long lunch.
We'll be headed back to PadThai kitchen soon. In the meantime, if you get there, please report back on Bites.
Located at 207 Woodland St., PadThai Kitchen is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.