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Posted by RogersParque on 09/18/2008
Just dined here last night, and while the place could seriously use a makeover, it was overall a really good experience. Service was fast and adequately attentive, and the foodI had the garlic and pepper with shrimp, my friend had the ginger veggies with tofuwas ample, satisfying, and very reasonably priced. I'd go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2007
I just placed a carry out order for pad see ew and received a pad thai. Although I asked for it to be spicy, it was a little too spicy for me to enjoy. Be very specific over the phone if you're going to place a carry out order. Indicate exactly how spicy you want your food, repeat your order, and have your order taker repeat it again. Maybe the pad see ew is better but I wouldn't know. I tried...I really did.
Posted by kpscope on 09/13/2007
Since the Bangkok Restaurant on Halsted closed, I've been without a favorite Thai restaurant in my delivery area. I'm delighted to have found--online, yet--a gem of a Thai restaurant in the Dharma Garden. The Dharma Garden menu is large and varied; the room is spacious (and not overly A/C-ed), and the service is friendly (though sometimes hard to get hold of). It's a BYOB place that does not charge a a fee if you actually provide your own wine or beer. And, street parking was plentiful on a non-weekend night. But, best of all, was the FOOD. Yes, there are lots of vegetarian options, but omnivores will be very happy to find plenty of meat and seafood dishes, prepared with the freshest of vegetbles, and subtle seasonings. I loved the "Shrimp in Blanket" appetizer, which comes with a "sweet & sour" sauce. I don't care for "S & S" sauce, but I asked for a substitute of a simple and delicious Thai-made "soy sauce", and found the combo divine. My entree (Basil Vegetables or Seafood) came with a choice of rice or noodles, and turned out to be something hard-to-find in Chicago Thai restaurants--a very flavorful, thin-noodle meal, as spicy as I had asked for it to be, with no added sugar. I will DEFINITELY return to the Dharma Garden, and add its menu to my "Delivery" collection!
Posted by Thai fan on 07/04/2007
This was my first restaurant meal since I moved to Chicago from New York and this place did not disappoint me! The food was very flavorful with the right amount of spice. The portions were generous. The hostess was very gracious and polite. They even made a desert for me which was not on the menu when I expressed my desire to eat mangoes with icecream and charge me a very nominal amount for it. I would love to go here again!
Posted by wee one on 12/01/2006
Dharma Garden is a delightful little gem and a great BYOB bargain. I've been an avid fan since they opened and have never had a bad meal. The owners use super-fresh ingredients and just the right amount of spice. You can feel confident asking for anything from "a little spicy" to "really spicy": your dish will be prepared with care and sensitivity to your specific request. The menu offers a wide assortment of apps, soups, curries, noodle, and rice dishes. If you have a difficult time choosing don't worry - the staff makes excellent recommendations. Plus, the orders are large enough to share allowing you ample opportunity to try many "a little of this and a little of that." Meat eaters should be advised that Dharma Garden does not offer beef, chicken, or pork dishes but that shouldn't matter - the food is excellent without these "distractions". Enjoy!
Posted by Amber on 09/08/2006
I have been going here for years. The food is always fresh, and the owner has a health conscious mind. And there are great options for vegans/vegetarians. The owner is a wonderful thai woman who is ready to help you with the menu (because it is a long menu).