Now Kimono Pao Lim.
We have eaten here several times recently and everything has been very good. Service has also been great, both for dining in and takeout.
The menu includes some of the dishes from the old Pao Lim menu and Japanese from the Kimono menu (but no sushi) and probably others, plus they do other dishes not listed on the menu. The menu is available on Durham Takeout's site.
I gave up on Pao Lim several years ago when the food became mediocre but whatever problems they had before seem to have been solved and it is even better than before. Hopefully more people will catch on as it used to be quite popular and is fairly quiet now, so good for groups and families as there's plenty of room.
Amazing Asian with an Indian twist. I'm a vegetarian and sometimes have trouble finding good veg options at local restaurants, but Pao Lim has great tofu and veggie options. (They have similar meat versions for you non-vegs!) The owners are always there and are very welcoming. They recommend new dishes and every one I've tried has been fabulous. I highly recommend the Indian Lentil Soup - to die for - and the Chili chicken or tofu. The chili dish is spicy, but you can ask for it less spiced. Either way, it is amazing. This place is definitely worth checking out, but be warned - you'll likely become a regular if you try it once!
Great Asian Food!. One of the best Asian restaurants in the area. Offers great, fresh food at a very reasonable price. Some favorite dishes include the General Tso's Chicken and Mongolian Beef. They have a wonderful variety of dishes and are unique in their offering of several different Asian dishes. I haven't tried the cheesecake rolls but the tempura banana was a wonderful way to end a great meal. The owners are lovely people and I am so excited that they are now on Durhamtakeout! One of Durham's hidden treasures!
Fresh & Unusual Flavors. I also was a long time regular of Pao Lim and have recently discovered that their old menu, including my favorite dishes were back! However, on my most recent visit I tried a new dish, Singapore Noodles. The fine rice noodles were like a delightful explosion of flavors- an aromatic curry combo, balancing each other perfectly (and I'm not usually a curry fan). Also I tried their hibachi shrimp and filet migon meal. Great value for everything you receive. The onion soup was wonderful and their ginger sauce I could have drank with a straw! (If I am ever sick, I'm going to get a large take out container of that soup!) Whatever name they call it, I'll be back and glad to support this locally-owned business!
Good food & fair prices. This restaurant is one of my family's favorites. We are big fans of the Hibachi Chicken- a large serving of chicken, vegetables and rice all for about $7. The Mongolian Beef and General Tso's Chicken are great - as is the Salt and Pepper Shrimp. We love to support this family-owned business where the owners go to great lengths to be sure that every meal is a wonderful experience. NOW THEY HAVE DELIVERY THROUGH DURHAM TAKE-OUT!
It's Back!. I used to love Pao Lim. It was a wonderful, locally owned restaurant with an eclectic menu and fresh, delicious food. Then they changed with the economy to become a japanese steakhouse and sushi bar - bad idea. Who needs another one of those? Well, I am happy to report that they're back. Although the sign out front still says Kimono, the food that brought me in the first time is back on the menu. The baby shrimp roll appetizers are crispy and perfectly accompanied with a spicy dipping sauce. My favorite entrees are the honey walnut shrimp, the crispy tofu and the crispy scallops. The people are so friendly and willing to adjust the dishes to make it perfect for you. I will be returning with friends.
very nice people, food just okay. I went to this place all the time for awhile, but have stopped only because there is better food elsewhere. A lot of dishes are too slimy and saucy, and though are delicious at first bite are hard to eat a lot of. I do like the Gobi Manchurian as a nice vegetarian version of Manchurian chicken using cauliflower. Otherwise I haven't been a fan of anything else, and I've tried. The Beef Bulgogi was especially bad and nothing like at a Korean restaurant. The lunch special is a good value, but some dishes like Orange chicken are just sauce with little bits of chicken at lunch, and not the same as the dinner dish. My co-diners at lunch only liked the Pad Thai, and everyone else was disappointed. I love the staff there and the atmosphere, however, so I never mind going when invited.
Let me first tell "you" about myself. I am a regular customer of Pao Lim! And every visit I made was a GREAT and a POSITIVE experience for me! The food is really really good and so is the service! Additionally, when there was a problem the waiter or the manager were gladly to "fix" it so that the problem was solved.
When I read the review of "belabee", I was SHOCKED that he or she wrote something this ABSURD about Pao Lim. Belabee complained about the sizes of the food portion,and I will now explain and prove that he or she is wrong. He wrote that they ordered Chilli Chicken, which was the lunch portion. (since he said that they were eating at Pao Lim at noon) Like I said before that he complained about the size of the food. There is a simple explanation about that. He probably mistook the Chili Chicken (lunch) from the Chili Chicken (dinner), which explains why he is complaining about the portion of the food. The lunch portion is OBVIOUSLY less than the dinner portion, which means that the portion has less chicken.(in this case) The Chili Chicken of the lunch portion does not have garnish, only the dinner portion. He also said that Pao Lim is using round plates instead of the square ones. The round plates are only for the lunch portion and the square ones are for the dinner portion!! That may explain that he is wrong according to my conclusion.
As I said before, I am a regular customer and I ordered there from the lunch menu as well as the dinner menu. This place is worth to try it!!
Best Asian Restaurant in Durham.
Pao Lim Asian Bistro& Bar is my favorite place in Durham!!! It has a variety of food. I almost tried all of it! And they are all EXCELLENT! I really recommend the Sample Platter or the Chicken Lettuce Wrap as Appetizers!! As Entrees, I highly recommend the Mongolian Beef, Chili Chicken, Crispy Salmon a la Hawaii etc. And the Cheesecake Roll is the Best Desert I ever have in my life!!!!! Not only is the food good but the Service is MARVELOUS!! The staffs are friendly and helpful if we need something!! The atmosphere is great too. If I eat there I really like to seat at the booth side!!
IT IS A MUST TO TRY IT!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Old time favorite, no more!.
We used to like this place when we moved to the triangle area back in 2005. We dined here regularly....We loved the mongolian beef, chilli chicken, scallion chicken, chicken manchrian etc. We also liked their lunch specials. We were disappointed to find out today that their portion sizes are reduced by half---they now use smaller round plates instead of their signature square ones! They think their customers are stupid to not notice the portion size difference!!!
The quality of food has also gone down with hardly any vegetables in the dish...chilli chicken just had fried chicken in sauce--no scallions, no garnish! & fried rice just had egg in it!
It is disappointing to see the quality slip! It is not surprising that we were the only ones eating in the restaurant at noon on a friday!!!