A Bit of San Francisco Right Here in Carleton Place – Thai Me Up!



Ted MacDonald is our food writer here on The Tales of Carleton Place– so I am just pinch hitting when I eat something I like. But, his words are gold, and read his latest What Ales You in Carleton Place this week! You will NEED this information for the Senators play off!

My benchmark Thai restaurant back in Berkeley, California was The Plearn on University Ave. I would often take BART up to Berkeley Main for a dish of Pad Thai with Steve on a whim. Pad Thai is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles some have thought to have been introduced to Ayutthaya during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom by Viet traders, and subsequently altered to reflect Thai flavor profiles.

The noodle is suitable to be stir-fried in a pan, and thus the Thai noodle was called Pad Thai. The meats and vegetables in Pad Thai are similar to food prepared by the Cantonese and Tae Chiew (Chao Zhou in Mandarin) from Guangdong province of China. However, the flavors and textures are pure Thai. It is a fast, delicious and nutritious dish, and has become popular in many countries around the world. Pad Thai is listed at number 5 on World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Go in 2011.

Okay this is probably more than you want to know, but I have been on a quest for good Pad Thai in Carleton Place for awhile now. I understand the Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Delight on Bridge Street carries it also but have yet to try it. If you have a review of theirs I would love to print it as I love pointing out ALL good food in Carleton Place.

I saw a review about Fisherman’s Palace and many good comments were posted on Facebook. I am going to be honest after being in the bay area (capital of Asian food) for years– I have become an Asian food snob. Again, the old KFC building was also not really screaming ‘chinese food’ to me, but I was totally wrong.

I have had Pad Thai from Fishman’s Palace a few times and I can tell you it Is as close to the Plearn that I will ever get. Believe me, there is plenty of bad Pad Thai out there – many versions are too sweet or ketchupy, but a true Pad Thai, however, is a thing of beauty.

I have yet to try other dishes from here but I hear their eggrolls and Thai soup are to die for. The owners used to have a restaurant on Somerset Street in Ottawa but made the move to share their good food in Carleton Place. Now you can eat well here and travel less!


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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