I recently had dinner at The Noodle Hut in Regent Square, the sit-down sister of The Green Mango (Thai take-out only in Edgewood). I've never eaten at The Green Mango, which seems to have many followers, but I was pretty disappointed with The Noodle Hut. (I should note that, on the other hand, the Post Gazette gave the restaurant a very favorable review.)
I was with vegetarian friends, so perhaps my bad luck centered around the poorly prepared tofu present in every dish. To start, we had the Tofu Summer Rolls -- fine but not great. We also had the Yum Tofu Salad, which was drenched in too-strong salad dressing and featured deep-fried tofu slices that were very dry and hard to chew. For my entree, I had something I can't find on their online menu (same as The Green Mango, www.thegreenmango.com), but it was a basil, tofu, and eggplant dish. The flavor was pleasant, if maybe a little mild, but again, the tofu had been chopped into tiny cubes and pan-fried so much that they were undesirably chewy and rough.
The atmosphere inside the restaurant was dimly lit, nicely decorated, and a bit loud (not necessarily bad). There were also many sidewalk tables. So, maybe I should conclude is that The Noodle Hut doesn't do tofu well. (Maybe I can even extrapolate to any vegetarian dish). But I'm reticent to try it again (or The Green Mango) when I know that going to the Bangkok Balcony will result in consistently pretty good Thai.
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