Sep 2010

Daisy Mint – Pasadena

Daisy Mint - Pasadena

While it’s unlikely that Top Restaurant will ever join the ranks of my favorite Pasadena eateries, Daisy Mint, another recent neighborhood discovery, is battling it out with Cham Korean Bistro for the top spot. Since it took me nearly two years to try this well liked restaurant [J. Gold approved, Pat Sapp approved, too!], I dined here twice in one week to make up for lost time.

Daisy Mint - Pasadena

Located on a dingy block of Colorado Boulevard, Daisy Mint serves Thai fare in an airy and modern room. I appreciate how the space feels legitimately cool without trying too hard or seeming out of place, which is quite an accomplishment for this part of town. On my first visit to Daisy Mint, I met up with fellow Pasadena worker bee Kung Food Panda to celebrate his birthday.

Daisy Mint - Pasadena

While waiting for my lunch date to arrive, I sipped a Thai iced tea that was two notches too sweet. I didn’t mind though, really.

Daisy Mint - Pasadena

After perusing the menu, Danny and I decided to share two of Daisy Mint’s lunch specials. I chose the Daisy Noodles ($6.95), which consisted of wide rice noodles topped with red curry, basil, and fried shallots. Fresh bean sprouts and a mixed green salad were served on the side.

The curry, which had bright notes of lemongrass and galangal, coated the noodles deliciously with its slight spice and creamy texture. I enjoyed this dish so much that I tried to recreate it at home days later. The pre-fabbed red curry paste that I bought at the grocery store fell flat compared to the carefully handmade one at Daisy Mint.

Daisy Mint - Pasadena

Danny chose the beef green jungle curry ($6.95), which was served with steamed Jasmine rice and a mixed green salad. In addition to strips of beef, the curry was brimming with eggplant, green beans, bell pepper, and basil. Ever since tasting Jitlada’s tear-inducing version a few years ago, I’ve steered clear of the entire genre of jungle curries. Fortunately, Daisy Mint’s rendition was quite mild and left my taste buds happy and intact. We needed an additional bowl of rice to polish off the generous serving of curry.

Daisy Mint - Pasadena

Danny and I could’ve left the restaurant perfectly sated after eating two lunch specials, but one of the desserts caught my eye—banana roti puff with vanilla ice cream ($6.95). I was hoping that it would be similar to the banana-stuffed rotis drizzled with sticky sweet condensed milk that I obsessed over in Bangkok, but alas, it wasn’t anything like it. Perhaps a more fitting name would have been “bananas wrapped in puff pastry.” Oh, what I woul’ve given for a crisp and oily roti!

Daisy Mint - Pasadena

On my return visit to Daisy Mint a few short days later, I decided to sample their pad Thai with tofu ($8.95). It’s not on the lunch specials menu, which means a heftier portion and a slightly higher price tag. Like the green and red curries I sampled earlier, the pad Thai was solid. The noodles were bouncy and slicked with a sweet and tangy sauce. While I’ve come a long way since my days of only ordering pad Thai at Thai restaurants, I can still appreciate a well-made plateful when it comes my way.

I really like Daisy Mint.

Daisy Mint
1218 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106-1842
Phone: 626-792-2999

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12 thoughts on “Daisy Mint – Pasadena

  1. I’m a big fan of Daisy Mint. They have some of the freshest Thai food I’ve ever eaten. It bums me out they don’t have chicken larb on the menu BUT you can ask for it and if the right cook is working, he’ll make it for you.

  2. If you can get a jar of Thai and True (made in Oregon) curry paste, try it out. I have tried about 20 different types and in my opinion, they are the best out there if you do not want to make your own.

  3. No matter how “refined” my palate gets, there will always be a special place in my heart for pad thai. There’s a reason so many Thai newbs order it — it’s darn good!

  4. I love that you are checking out Pasadena eateries! Thanks for sharing Daisy Mint! What a true find in the neighborhood and a huge bonus that it’s across the street from Michael’s. We went there on Tuesday and had the Pad Thai and Spicy Spaghetti. Double yum! We will add it to our must go to places. Thanks Gastronomy!

  5. I wanted to try the Daisy Mint because I had read some good reviews online. My wife and I went on a Saturday afternoon and it was not very busy at all, but after we were seated it seemed that they forgot about us. No one came to our table to offer us tea or water or anything. So after about 5-10 minutes of waiting I asked the girl at the counter if we could have some service. Meanwhile other customers had arrived and were seated and their orders promptly taken. When the waitress finally arrived at our table I was frustrated with their lack of service and when I complained to her she said that if I did not like the service then perhaps we should go somewhere else….which of course we did never to return.

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