Asian Mint is one of my favorite lunch spots in North Dallas and serves the best Pad Thai in the city. It’s so amazing that it’s all I have ever ordered. So, I was thrilled when I had the chance to sample more of their menu and meet the owner, Nikky Phinyawatana.

We toured the expanded restaurant, which has additional seating, a larger bar as its center and a private room in the back. Then, it was time to sample classic house favorites and new additions. Here are a few of the highlights…

The Asian Mule made with lemongrass-infused vodka was so refreshing, and a great start to the meal.

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If there’s anything with fresh tuna on the menu, I’m ordering it! I loved the flavor and crunch of the Spicy Tuna Crisps topped with seaweed salad, spicy tuna and delicious sauces.

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Tied for favorite appetizer is the Shrimp Rangoon – fried shrimp and cream cheese with sweet and sour sauce for dipping. I appreciate that Asian Mint serves the shrimp whole and wrapped in the cream cheese.

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The Grilled Salmon Salad was very fresh – I loved the addition of mint in the salad mix.

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The Pad Thai is still my favorite entrée. Asian Mint uses the perfect, house made sauce; you just have to try it yourself. Next best was the Crab Fried Rice, because need I say more?

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Asian Mint has a unique array of desserts on the menu including a gorgeous Green Tea Cake, Jasmine Crème Burlee, Chocolate Flourless Cake and my favorite, Coconut Ice Cream and Sticky Rice. I always go for the sticky rice after a Thai meal and coconut is one of my favorite flavors, so no surprise there.

If you haven’t seen the expansion of Asian Mint, or never been at all – now’s the time! The food is flavorful, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is sleek and new. Nikky told me about weekend brunch that includes a Bacon and Egg Pad Thai and $2 mimosas. Um, yes please! See you there this weekend!

Disclaimer: my meal and drinks were comped by the restaurant, but these opinions are all mine.