Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian - Berkeley, CA

Monday, August 23, 2010

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
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.)

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.

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
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

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
House Special Brown Rice
A combo of black, brown and wild rice

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
Peanut Sauce Tofu $7.95
Steamed broccoli, topped with fried tofu, seasoned with peanut sauce

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
Kee Mao Tofu $7.95
Broccoli, carrot, cabbage, bell pepper, green bean, sweet basil, chili, and fried tofu, stir fried with flat rice noodles and mushroom sauce

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
Yellow Curry Tofu $7.95
Potato, broccoli, carrot, onion, and fried tofu, served in yellow curry sauce

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
My friend for 21 years, Agnes and her lovely younger daughter, Julia (age 5)

Green Papaya Thai Vegetarian, Berkeley, CA
Mango Sweet Sticky Rice

The first thing I ask at any Thai restaurant is "Do you have mango and sticky rice today?" Since it is seasonal, sometimes I'm disappointed. But if they do, I plan accordingly and make sure I save space! :) This dish is one of my favorites. Mango, rice, coconut milk. Delish!

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
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Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Looks super delicious :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

hahahahahahaha. "i am completely hangry and PMSING bowl of soup."

The Scootabaker said... [Reply to comment]

i went out to eat Thai the other night and I was dying to eat mango and sticky rice and they ran out. :-(

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Ooh, they all look delicious, not missing the meat at all. Something to keep in mind when I find myself in Berkeley, hopefully soon!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

"I am clinically depressed hummus" is darn tasty.

Nina said... [Reply to comment]

I'll definitely check it out. I'm going to school at Cal anyways.

The Urban Baker said... [Reply to comment]

you are all over the place. i am jealous!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Yum yum! Just my kind of food

MelissaDaams said... [Reply to comment]

ha ha funny stuff... the food at this place looks yummy for sure... but why always tofu at vegan restaurants - can't they serve some other kind of meat sub - i would like that once in a while.

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

cutekittypunk #7, they restaurant may have other non-meat items, but we happened to get all tofu items. :) - mary

Jennie said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! Sounds so good. I am dying for good thai food. It just doesn't exist here. I love your description of Cafe Gratitude. The menu and delivery would bug me, too. I don't mind vegan but I really can't do raw, I like brown food way too much!

I love your restaurant series. It makes me long for CA!

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