1918 Lee Rd, Cleveland, OH | Directions 4411841.507456 -81.565609
Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm; Sun 4pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Cleveland Heights
Southeast Asian food, not a bad meal yet – This restaurant offers both Khmer (Cambodian) and Thai food, and as far as I can tell they do both very well. I've ordered the ling kreung (sp?), the Mekong spinach noodles, #66 (asparagus, coconut milk, pineapple, and your choice of meat), and other dishes. The bubble (boba) tea is very good, and don't miss the coconut ice cream. I haven't been disappointed here, and that's rare in these parts. The decor also features nice Cambodian (I think) art, and occasionally they blare noisy variety shows on the TV to add to the ethnic mom-and-pop restaurant feel.
Where are the veggies? – Okay to be honest this place is probably as good as you will find on the East side. Three of us went. The curry my friend had was good. I, liking my food very hot, opted for a spicy seafood dish. The seafood -- mussels, shrimp and so on were quite good. The dish was spicy, although not as spicy as the authentic dish would have been. I am so tired of seeing bell peppers and celery thrown into southeast asian dishes. Yeah, yeah I know the real vegetables are probably difficult to get here, but still it is a cheap copout which denegrates the dishes. The beer was warm because the 'refrigerator wasn't working.' The service -- other than the warm beer-- was quite good.
A favorite! – My friends and I love this place so much that we have actually set up a 'Mekong schedule.'
It's an initimate restaurant that makes converation easy. The Pad Thai (3 stars) is possibly one of the best things I've ever eaten - for a very reasonable price. Everything else I've had has also been excellent. The service is fast and efficient, although maybe little lacking in personal warmth.
Cleveland's savvy taste searchers have been coming to this Lee Road institution for years in hopes of a flavor boost. –
A curry palace on the shop-and-bop strip in this cosmopolitan East Side suburb not far from University Circle, Mekong Delta (formerly, Paul's Siam Cuisine) doesn't look all that exotic at first glance. A diverse crowd dresses up (a bit), and the Cedar Lee Theater brings foreign-film trekkers here after the credits roll.
Go bite something: innocuous-sounding beef and chicken favorites are fired up with hot spices, and the biggest lip sizzle in the house might be the innocent-looking cucumber relish (use sparingly). Curried platters like the chicken, peanuts and potato combo are the favorites, but don't leave your seat without trying some of the house fried rice. Loaded with baby vegetables and magic, it's like none you've ever spooned out of a paper carton. --John Hyduk
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