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The Golden Buddha--great Thai in Romeo, Michigan

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The Golden Buddha--great Thai in Romeo, Michigan

IndyGirl | Jul 19, 2008 06:59 PM

Tried a hidden gem last weekend while antiquing in Romeo, Michigan, a far-northern suburb of Detroit (if it can even be called a suburb). Nestled in a sterile-looking strip mall featuring a Salvation Army as its anchor, the restaurant was a welcome sight in a town that features mostly diner-type cuisine that doesn't really suit my taste.

My dining companion had the eggplant stir-fry, and I had the Pad Prik. I ordered it hot, my previous experience at small-town ethnic cuisine having taught me that things are usually quite a bit milder than ethnic spots in more urban areas. I was wrong! My food was VERY hot, but aside from that, it was prepared very well. We got vegetarian spring rolls (these are fried--for the rice-paper wrapped lettuce variety, order "fresh" rolls)--they were obviously homemade and freshly deep fried.

We returned this week, though it is almost 30 minutes from Rochester. This time, there were three of us. We ordered fresh rolls as an appetizer. These are two to an order, but are HUGE and sliced so they are easy to share. Very glad that we didn't order two orders! The dipping sauce was fine, but I could have wished for a more peanutty or vinegary sauce...it was a bit too honey-centric for my tastes, though my companions seemed happy with it.

For the main course, I had the stir-fried eggplant. At medium plus for spice, it was not quite hot enough (despite the fact that the previous week's hot Pad Prik was FAR too hot!). One of my companions had the Tom Yum soup, which I sampled and which we both agreed was excellent--definitely the best in the area. My other companion had the panang curry, which was delicious.

Overall, this is a very good Thai restaurant--definitely worth a visit, and a surprising find in the small town of Romeo (I think it is technically located in Bruce Twp). Give it a try!

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