Good Thai home cooking in Pasadena.
To be honest, it looks like a Ladies boutique from the outside, but wandering in and seeing the tables and the Kitchen equipment are a dead giveaway.
Then you get inside, again totally thrown by the decor, which can be at best described as Swap Meet-Craft Store chic. Nothing remotely Asian about it.
Daisy Mint isn’t also a typical name you’d associate with Thai Food, but there too, what’s on the surface belies what’s working underneath.
And right there, is “the thing” that matters most when it comes to all restaurants. All that matters is the food coming out of the kitchen, period. It doesn’t matter if it’s coming from an All-Star Celebrity Chef with fourteen bestsellers, it doesn’t matter if the guy has a cardboard sign advertising Taiwanese Sausages, if the food’s good, you’re having a good time.
You’re having a good time at Daisy Mint.
There’s a part of you who’ll feel like you’re in a Coffee Shop. In a good way to be sure, but there’s that level of informality about it. It’s certainly comfortable. The service is nice and speedy. This is a good place. It makes the rotation, especially if I’m going down to visit the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens later in the day.
You feel the taste and the punch of Thai cooking, which is all I really ask for when I come to a Thai place (that an to avoid peanuts, but the Important Safety Tip will handle that). A simple meal of rice noodles and red curry hit the spot perfectly for me.
Now, I’ve been to other Thai places, other places where the menu may be a little more varied, where the food may have a bit more punch to it, and the scene a little hipper. But I really, really liked Daisy Mint. I liked how they did their thing. I liked how comfortable I was. That’s why I’ll be back.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This is a very Vegetarian-friendly place. One of the meals I got there qualified, the other almost qualified. One was the Green Beans and Garlic, which was a home run. A nice bowl and beautifully prepared String Beans sautéed in sauce and garlic. I’ve had it before. It’s almost comfort food. The thing that surprised me was the Daisy Mint Noodles, which are Rice Noodles smothered in a red curry. Just enough bite to know its there, nothing more. This was the surprise. It was damn good. Don’t know why they put it on a bed of iceberg lettuce, but what are you gonna do?
The Daisy Mint Noodles also comes with crushed peanuts, which leads us to…
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This is a Thai place, thus Peanuts and Peanut Sauce is on the menu. Peanuts are the most common allergy the world, so, if you’re like me, you gotta be careful.
Fortunately, Daisy Mint makes it easy. Right there on the menu, they encourage the customer to tell the Staff about any allergies you might have. This is the first time I’ve seen a restaurant do this. It made an allergy sufferer like me very happy, and more importantly, happy to come back.
PARKING: It’s all street parking all the time. You just need to find a meter somewhere along Colorado Blvd., and take it from there. It’s away from Old Town, so the prospect of finding a meter isn’t impossible.
1218 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Tel: (626) 792-2999
Daily: 11:00am – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 9:00 pm