Blooming Again in Mentor

Thai Orchid was a wonderful restaurant on Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst. It appeared in the first edition of Cleveland Ethnic Eats. Here’s what I had to say about it.

This is a nice place to enjoy real Thai food. There are curries, many seafood dishes, and full-flavored noodles. House specials have musical names: River and Land (a stir-fry of shrimp, chicken, and beef with mustard, cabbage, and mushrooms), Fisherman’s Party (a mix of sautéed scallops, shrimp, squid, and crab claw with vegetables, red pepper, and basil leaves), and Chicken Mango Lovers (chicken and mango with fresh garlic, onions, ginger, roasted chili, hot peppers, water chestnuts, red peppers, and scallions). A surprise is that some dishes are made with brown rice, which is also available as a side order. Owners Payao and Lek Sriweawnetr ran a restaurant in Boston before relocating here, but the couple are originally from Bangkok, where Lek was sous chef for a large hotel restaurant.

But redevelopment plans for its strip mall location put the place out of business two years ago, and so it isn’t included  in the current book. What I didn’t know was that the owners had relocated to new digs in Points East Plaza in Mentor (7329 Mentor Avenue, 440-942-6752). A friend just rediscovered the restaurant there and tells me the  food’s the same and as good as before. Anyone else been there?


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