On's Thai kitchen is owned and operated by the sister of the woman who owns Bangkok Thai Deli. But wait, there's more. On used to be the head cook at BTD until about five months ago when she quit and went back to Thailand for a few months.
She bought the fixtures and equipment from Cafe Bonxai's owners on Dec. 1, and promptly opened her restaurant in that space on Dec. 2.
Those of you familiar with the food at Bangkok Thai Deli will immediately recognize the flavors and dishes at On's. They were her recipes at BTD for the most part. That's from where the drama comes... not terribly unlike the recent Pham Phamily Phlap over who own(s) the recipes at their place in St Louis Park. Threats of lawsuits are already in the air.
But, on a happy note, don 't be dissuaded from going to give On a try. Her cooking skills are first rate and she really does care about the food she puts on your plate.
Today we had Tom Yum Gung Nam Kon (it's Tom Yum with milk added to the broth), Panang beef, Khao Moo Dang (red roast pork over rice with a red gravy), and, Pla Khem (salty preserved fish that is pan fried and served with a very spicy and sour sauce). That last dish is for the 'experienced' eater. It's an acquired taste to say the least, but extremely popular with Thai people and others familiar with oily preserved fish.
It was all delicious.