Mystery Eater strikes again! Read on for scrumptious Thai in Los Angeles... or just oogle the photos.
In an unassuming two-story building on Colorado Avenue (a little bit past Lake) in Pasadena lies Presidentwo, a Thai Restaurant. It's less than a mile from the hustle and bustle of Paseo Colorado (close enough to do some shopping afterwards to burn off those delicious calories). Flanked by Indian, Vietnamese, and Mexican Restaurants, respectively, one might not give Presidentwo a second look.
Both the outside and the inside don't really look like much. This isn't "fancy Thai food" or fusion-- it's the greasy, Thai food that hits the spot. Cleaann tables, friendly staff, and quick service.
This little gem is known for its lunch menu, which is served throughout the week. You can get your basic thai dishes (pad thai, pad see ew, pad kee mao, etc) for the mere price of 6.95, plus a salad and eggroll.
The salad was composed of crispy iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and carrots, along with a tangy dressing that was reminiscent of honey walnut shrimp (a la Chinese seafood restaurants).
Tried the Pad See Ew. Chewy rice noodles, lots of chicken pieces, and slivers of egg throughout. The egg roll was piping hot, and crispy. I hate it when places leave their fried food sitting out too long, but Presidentwo didn't have that problem with their eggrolls.
They also have a board of specials, which I neglected to take a photo of. On it was the next dish-- spicy fish fillet in special house sauce. The fish was tender, the green beans and brocolli were still crisp. Most importantly, the sauce that enveloped it was delightful-- in each bite, you could taste the heat of the chili peppers, the tang of the ginger, the sweetness of the basil, and another sweetness beyond that-- perhaps honey? Either way, the dish was very good. (Note: a little ghetto, but there were some leftovers, and I tossed it with some cubed tofu, and the tofu sopped up all the saucy goodness. Makes me look forward to lunch tomorrow!).
Here is a close-up of the fish.
And no Thai meal is complete without mango sticky rice! For just $5.00, lots of fresh, sweet, juicy mango, and warm sticky rice with coconut milk. This gooey treat was a really nice end to a great, and inexpensive meal (around $30 pre-tip).
While the decor and ambiance of Presidentwo aren't much, its inexpensive eats, quick service, and authentic flavors will be sure to keep you coming back!
905 E. Colorado
Pasadena, CA 91106