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Hmm, no Thai in their right mind would serve sushi, and no Japanese (right or wrong mind) would serve *that* sushi, so ... is this a Korean-owned restaurant in Springfield?

Nobody's going to guess the inferior "Cuban sandwich" in the second picture (if it wasn't from a "known" sandwich shop, I wouldn't be harping on this).

I could give you all about twenty more from the past couple of weeks (last night, for example, I had Mansaf, which is considered the national dish of Jordan - no picture needed, I don't think - this (Palestinian-owned) restaurant has moved to a new location, which was formerly an outlet of a vegan mini-chain). I wish I could say the food was good, but no dice.

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If you hadn't said the burbs,  I would have guessed Nooshi with that combination, but... Kumo Asian Bistro?

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18 hours ago, DonRocks said:

 ... is this a Korean-owned restaurant in Springfield?

Nobody's going to guess the inferior "Cuban sandwich" in the second picture (if it wasn't from a "known" sandwich shop, I wouldn't be harping on this).

Don is getting close. A bit farther north, in the amorphous suburbia of Lincolnia.

Not Kumo or Nua Haus....

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I used to meet a business contact for lunch at Yamazato nearby.  I don't think we ever ordered Edamame (if they have it), but is the sort of pan-asian that would have the mix.  Sushi wasn't bad if you could accept what it was, which was a little 'fussy'.

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1 hour ago, genericeric said:

I used to meet a business contact for lunch at Yamazato nearby.  I don't think we ever ordered Edamame (if they have it), but is the sort of pan-asian that would have the mix.  Sushi wasn't bad if you could accept what it was, which was a little 'fussy'.

Bingo, we have a winner! Yamazato it is.

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On 9/2/2019 at 6:28 PM, DonRocks said:

Hmm, no Thai in their right mind would serve sushi, and no Japanese (right or wrong mind) would serve *that* sushi, so ... is this a Korean-owned restaurant in Springfield?

Nobody's going to guess the inferior "Cuban sandwich" in the second picture (if it wasn't from a "known" sandwich shop, I wouldn't be harping on this).

I could give you all about twenty more from the past couple of weeks (last night, for example, I had Mansaf, which is considered the national dish of Jordan - no picture needed, I don't think - this (Palestinian-owned) restaurant has moved to a new location, which was formerly an outlet of a vegan mini-chain). I wish I could say the food was good, but no dice.

Would your Cuban have come from SUNdeVICH?

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5 hours ago, Kibbee Nayee said:

Would your Cuban have come from SUNdeVICH?

Indeed. It was the "Havana," and it was nothing resembling a Cubano; it tasted something like a vinegar-braised "BBQ"-pork sandwich - it wasn't "bad," so to speak, but it had nothing in common with a Calle Ocho Cubano.

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1 hour ago, DonRocks said:

Where did I have a late lunch yesterday?

Laos In Town

How was it?

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1 hour ago, naxos said:

A chef Seng/Bobby restaurant?

54 minutes ago, dslee said:

Laos In Town

How was it?

Good guesses, but not there yet. 

Hint: It wasn't Thai Square.

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2 hours ago, DonRocks said:

Where did I have a late lunch yesterday?

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Sisters Thai

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If it wasn't Thai Square, then I imagine it's Bangkok 54

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3 hours ago, naxos said:

Sisters Thai

52 minutes ago, weezy said:

If it wasn't Thai Square, then I imagine it's Bangkok 54

The Gang Keaw Wan Roti appetizer ($10) is one of the best versions of curry chicken you'll find in the area - it's markedly better than Thai Square's. There were about six slices of really good Thai eggplant as well.

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31 minutes ago, DonRocks said:

The Gang Keaw Wan Roti appetizer ($10) is one of the best versions of curry chicken you'll find in the area - it's markedly better than Thai Square's. There were about six slices of really good Thai eggplant as well.

Well.. if not one of the above, then perhaps Elephant Jumps

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1 hour ago, naxos said:

Well.. if not one of the above, then perhaps Elephant Jumps

That's right, and it brings up an issue: Elephant Jumps is "different" than any other Thai restaurant I've been to, certainly in the DMV. Why it's different, I'm not sure: Is it "region," or is it "style?" I'm blindingly ignorant about regional Thai cuisine, and would appreciate any input about any differences - this could be an entire forum by itself.

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While I am certainly no expert, I have travelled a bit and I think that the green curry served with what looks like roti is similar to Thai food served in the south near Malaysia. 

While bread is not normally served in most of Thailand, in my experience, roti is definite served in Penang Malaysia, geographically close.

Sisters Thai has a similar appetizer that I have enjoyed .

That’s all I know on the subject.

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13 hours ago, DonRocks said:

That's right, and it brings up an issue: Elephant Jumps is "different" than any other Thai restaurant I've been to, certainly in the DMV. Why it's different, I'm not sure: Is it "region," or is it "style?" I'm blindingly ignorant about regional Thai cuisine, and would appreciate any input about any differences - this could be an entire forum by itself.

When I put together the Middle Eastern food primer for this community, one of my goals was to tease out a similar treatment of Asian cuisine. I am totally ignorant of the regional nuances across Asia, and whenever I'm in Falls Church or Annandale, I'm forced to wing it and hope for the best. I have a few favorite go-to dishes, but I know I'm missing a veritable feast of dishes that I'm simply unaware of.

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1 hour ago, DonRocks said:

Where did I have lunch today?

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I don't know, but I would like to go!

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47 minutes ago, ktmoomau said:

I don't know, but I would like to go!

Well, you can. 🙂

I figure people will get this one - this place is virtually identical to how it was when I was last there, probably 8-10 years ago.

Honestly, I ordered poorly - there was too much fried food here; I was hoping for something lighter, but I didn't pay enough attention. The spring rolls were the best dish, in part because of their (somewhat) novel protein.

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