Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Pho Jula - Decent Lunch Option
J got me out of the house early Monday to see an 11am movie (more on that in another post) then to get a toilet tank flapper and a new ice chopper (the old one broke after a month) and check on garage door blankets. So, it was home or out for lunch. It was still officially a holiday and we weren't sure who was open. Spaghetti got into my head so I drove over to Arctic and International Airport Road to see if Villa Nova were open. They weren't.
But next door was a Thai-Lao place with Phos. (Most, if not all, Thai restaurants in Anchorage have Lao connections. People know Thai food, as Refugee Nation pointed out here a couple of years ago, but they don't know Lao food, or even Laos, so Laos in the US often hide behind a Thai facade. I just realized the potential confusion there - Laos - La-os - two syllables, the country, and Laos - laoz - one syllable, the people.)
It had that bleak Anchorage strip mall in winter look (not a lot better in the summer) outside, that we've learned is not necessarily a good indicator of what's inside.
I'd assumed Thai Kitchen would be closed for the New Year holiday since the University is still closed. But here we were and I didn't want to drive around looking for something else, and we should always be ready to break our routines, so we went in.
It was a pleasant surprise. Lunch specials looked like the best deal. While I think $9.99 is a lot for lunch - I can make a pretty good lunch at home for significantly less - there was a lot of food. This was going to be a dinner.
Tom Kha soup, green curry had green beans in it, spring rolls (I ate one already), salad, rice.
I liked the green curry and soup, though neither had much of a spicy kick. A good deal, though too much food really. J took her pad thai leftover home.
Our waiter, Phas, told us they'd been open about seven months. That it took a long time and a lot of work to clean the place before they could open. Phas came to the US at age 5 and has lived a number of places around the US, including living through Katrina near New Orleans.