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Thai Food Land of Smile Olivette Missouri
When it comes to restaurants, there are a few hidden gems out there. All too often we tend to gravitate to the known, chain restaurants like Applebees and Ruby Tuesdays. And while those choices do serve up a fairly good menu, their flavors all have a tendency to sort of meld together into one after awhile. You have to look a little harder to find those places that are just off the beaten path. They are those places that are located in strip malls, or in the middle of nowhere off rural highways. Places you may drive by and not think much of at first glance. But when you do find them, you want to make a note of them and go back to them often.
The Land of Smile Thai restaurant in Olivette, Missouri is one of those hidden gems in my opinion, and very well worth a visit if you should be in Olivette, Missouri, off I-170 a few miles outside of the St. Louis area. Land of Smile offers up a very full menu of items, and while Thai cuisine is this restaurant's main menu item, there are a variety of many popular Chinese and other Asian offerings to choose from as well. It's a menu that will certainly satisfy anyone's tastes.
One of the more popular flavors here is the Phad Thai which is absolutely fantastic. It's a simple dish that is surprisingly loaded with flavor. Phad Thai is basically a combination of rice noodles, meat, egg, green onions, loads of bean sprouts, and ground peanuts in a sweet and sour tamarind sauce. My wife ordered up this one and I have to say her reaction with the constant "mmm" sounds seemed to sum it up for me that she really enjoyed this dish. The price is as spectacular as the cuisine at just $8.95. Let me simply state you will not walk away hungry. This plate is very full.
Of course, we had a few appetizers while we were there as well, and all were delectable treats to be sure. The crab rangoon was not too sweet, but filled to the hilt. I've eaten many a crab rangoon in my time, it being one of my favorite Asian treats, but these were filled with more creamy goodness than any other crab rangoons I've had. We also had fried spring rolls we dipped in a sweet and sour sauce they make on site, and also fresh rolls, basically a fresh rice paper wrap with shrimp, vermicelli, carrot, cucumber, and basil. This little gem comes with a sweet black soy sauce which is also made right there at the Land of Smile. These are priced just right as well, at just $3.95 and $4.25 respectively.
For myself I ordered up a more traditional Asian dish, Iron Beef, which was as good as anything else at the table that day. Iron Beef is basically stir fried beef with carrots, onions, green peppers, and cabbage served on a hot pan that arrives at the table sizzling in a beautifully delicious broth. Served up with a side of steamed white rice, mixing the rice in with the broth helps one to really appreciate all of the flavor going on, on this platter.
The Land of Smile also has many beverage choices. I personally enjoyed a Chang beer, imported from Thailand which, to me, was very similar in taste as Kirin Ichiban. Still, it has enough stand alone flavor to not be confused. It was a very good beer.
Service was also very well conducted. Our food was served hot, and fast. How they get the food to table so quick is beyond me, but whatever it is they do, it works. In the land of tipdom, this restaurant's service definitely warrants a 20% tip, which for me is a rare offering.
All said, this was a restaurant I will definitely visit again the next time I happen to be in Olivette Missouri. If you'll be in the area, it's one worth looking for. You won't be disappointed.
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Where's Land of Smile in Olivette?
Land of Smile, 9641 Olive Boulevard, Olivette, Missouri 63132. Tel. (314) 989-9878
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11am - 9pm
Saturday 11am - 9pm
Sunday 4pm - 8pm
Lunch Hours 11am - 4pm Monday - Friday
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