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New Thai place puts owner to work
By LUNCH BUNCH
Two can eat out for less than $20
Reporter Scott Wyland ate lunch with co-worker Jim Haug recently at Zen Bistro, a new Thai restaurant near Beach Street.
Q. What was your impression of the place?
The eatery is small with a dozen or so tables, creating a cozy atmosphere with enough elbow room to give you a sense of privacy when chatting.
Q. How was the service?
The busy owner does most everything — seating patrons, supervising the restaurant’s staff, waiting tables, ringing up credit cards. Yet he manages to be friendly and prompt, despite his multi-tasking.
Q. What’s the menu like?
A good variety of Thai cuisine, including tofu options for vegetarians. The prices are reasonable, especially for lunch. The menu includes soups, curries, sauteed dishes, noodles, rice, teppanyaki for those craving Japanese food, and some Thai-style desserts.
Q. What did you have?
I ordered chicken satay with a tangy peanut sauce ($4.95) for an appetizer and chicken fried rice ($6.95) for my main meal. I found both my choices tasty and the portions decent. Jim had tofu pad Thai ($6.95) and vegetable spring rolls ($2.95). He thought the spring rolls were delicious. However, he found the pad Thai a bit bland and would recommend ordering it with a little extra spice.
Q. Will you go back?
Definitely. It’s great to have a high-quality Thai restaurant in downtown Daytona Beach.
WHERE: 112 Bay St., Daytona Beach
HOURS: Lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner 4:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday
MISCELLANEOUS: Credit cards accepted. Wine and beer available.
ACCESSIBILITY: Handicapped accessible. Parking in front of the building and in a lot across the street.
PHONE: (386) 248-0453
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