Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, California
Restaurant Week #2 continues...the next few will be from my recent trip to the Bay Area (San Francisco and Berkeley). And, yes, it is back-to-back Thai restaurants. I love Thai food.
My college roommate, Agnes and I took a road trip with her 5-year old daughter Julia to the Bay Area. One night, we met our UCLA roommate Diane for dinner. Diane's vegan and she selected Green Papaya Thai in Berkeley.
To be honest, I always have some doubts when venturing into vegan restaurants...I think I've got scar tissue from visiting Cafe Gratitude several times in the Bay Area. (It's not the mostly raw food, although I do like warm soup, it is the names of the menu items.)
I AM DAZZLING CAESAR SALAD
I AM INSIGHTFUL SPRING ROLLS
I AM TRANSFORMED TACO PLATE
I AM ACCEPTING SUSHI BOWL
See the menu...I'm not kidding.
Then, when the waitstaff delivers your meal, they say, "Who is Dazzling?" and when you weakly raise your hand, they place it in front of you with a "You are Dazzling!" Kill Me.
Seriously, I want to order:
"I am freaking annoyed cold water"
"I am disappointed dairy-free milk"
"I am clinically depressed hummus"
Anyway, happily, Green Papaya was wonderful and the staff very kind.
Curry Puff $5.95(descriptions from take-out menu are in italics)
Triangle, stuffed with pumpkin, fresh shitake root, potato, onion, pepper, curry powder, wrapped with wheat paper....served deep-fried with cucumber carrot salad
House Special Brown RiceA combo of black, brown and wild rice
Peanut Sauce Tofu $7.95Steamed broccoli, topped with fried tofu, seasoned with peanut sauce
Kee Mao Tofu $7.95Broccoli, carrot, cabbage, bell pepper, green bean, sweet basil, chili, and fried tofu, stir fried with flat rice noodles and mushroom sauce
Yellow Curry Tofu $7.95Potato, broccoli, carrot, onion, and fried tofu, served in yellow curry sauce
If you are visiting the East Bay, try Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian restaurant. You will find it Dazzling (and not annoying)! :)
Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian Cuisine
2016 Shattuck Ave. (near the Downtown Berkeley BART station)
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel. (510) 845-1658