I dropped in to this Park Street restaurant for dinner last night, too exhausted to think straight. I ordered the ginger salad (which I prefer to tea salad) and let the waiter pick an entree for me; I ended up with one of the garlic noodle plates with curry chicken and potatoes.
The entree was a disappointment. I had asked for it spicy, and the curry was somewhat hot but one dimensional. The potatoes tasted a little off, too, as if they had been cooked separately and then sat too long in a warmer waiting to be added to something. The garlic noodles had me thinking "where's the garlic?"
However the ginger salad was very good. Not as refined as Nan Yang, which is my benchmark for this dish, but still a dish I would go back for. Next time I'll try it with the palata.
It's a small operation (last night it was being manned by one guy in front and one cook), with a limited menu, especially once you realize that it's mostly taken up with the same handful of curries and stir fries in various combos with garlic noodles, or palata, or rice. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there, but if you're in that part of Alameda and looking for something a little different, it's worth a shot, and since I live only a few blocks away, I'll be exploring the menu to see if there's anything else worth eating with the ginger salad. Or maybe I'll just get the ginger salad to go and have it with something I cooked or purchased elsewhere.
Hinn Tha Bistro
1345 Park Street