Dinner at Lum Ka Naad Thai Restaurant
and Dessert at Sweet Lady Jane Bakery in Encino
Saturday night! Where should we go to eat at 7pm?
We had tried Take Out from Lum Ka Naad Thai Restaurant not long after they opened and it wasn’t good. Someone told someone that the food was good and that led to someone’s suggesting we try the restaurant again, this time on premises to find out.
Located at Ventura Blvd and White Oak Ave in Encino, in the San Fernando Valley, they are well reviewed by LA Weekly (because you automatically get a good review if you advertise). There is easy free parking and the restaurant is clean, bright and colorfully decorated.
There is a waiting area by the entrance, an outdoor patio on the parking lot and a service bar in the back with the mandatory Thai altar. They serve beer, wine & Coca Cola products.
The menu is massive! There are well over a hundred different Thai dishes to choose from!
We decided to try a few different simple entrees that we usually order at other Thai restaurants so we could compare them.
On the Menu: Chicken satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad, pad Thai noodles with chicken, chicken panang curry, honey BBQ ribs, a larb salad with duck meat, steamed rice and a Thai iced tea (no cream)
NOTE: I ordered the chicken panang because all the other curries had bell pepper listed in the description of the dishes on the menu and it didn’t. I don’t like bell pepper!
When the dish came it had bell pepper in the curry. VERY DISAPPOINTED!
Well, guess what? The food wasn’t good.
The pictures came out good, but the food wasn’t. The key to good Thai food is the seasonings, spices and sauces. Nothing we tried was as good as the food at Thai’N’I, Krua Thai, Chan Dara or Sri Siam Cafe (see previous Blogs). Also, the service wasn’t very good. And it wasn’t cheap!
I really don’t want to go into detail about the food, so I’ll just say there are a lot of other Thai restaurants, or Indian restaurants, or Chinese restaurants that are better than this.
And then we went for Dessert at Sweet Lady Jane Bakery (there’s a discount after 8pm!) at Ventura Blvd and Hayvenhurst Ave, also in Encino.
The space is clean and bright. Inside, there are tables and chairs, a open baking prep area and the glass dessert cases filled with treats.
They are open for Breakfast & Lunch, and then open late everyday!
Sun-Thur 6:30am-10pm and Fri-Sat 6:30am-11pm
They have wonderful and expensive pastries, cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, pies, brownies, breads, and even Oreo or English trifle to choose from.
We only got a couple discounted cookies and a double chocolate cupcake “to go” and they were all very good. So good,in fact, that there are no pictures.
Everything I’ve tried from Sweet Lady Jane Bakery is very good (but kind of expensive too).
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