West Gainesville Asian lunch convenient, unremarkable
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
I've traveled by Bamboo's Asian restaurant in the Market Square Shopping Center on SW 91st St. and admired how this building was positioned strategically in this Gainesville shopping center. You can't miss it. Bamboos sits at the entrance—like a sentry guarding the community, overseeing the security of this West Gainesville outpost.
Bamboos has their own parking lot with ample space and easy access in and out of the Market Square shopping center. I was getting the feeling that this lunch stop saw a lot of business in the Food on the Run category,
While Bamboos building and location seemed a little unusual for an Asian restaurant, the menu was quite familiar. Do you think there is some giant printing company that sells the same Asian menu to all 60 of the Asian lunch stops in the GLOB. You heard me right – there are 60 Asian restaurants in Gainesville.
Lets do the math. Say only 50 of the restaurants use this giant printing company. That would be 50 Asian restaurants x 500 menus each = 25,000 menus sold in Gainesville. At 20 cents a menu, that's an easy piece of change..
Speaking of the menu, I decided to pick something different for this lunch and opted for the Boneless Spare Ribs. This entrée included pork fried rice and a spring roll for a reasonable price. The Bamboo menu can be viewed at the web link at the bottom of this feature.
This lunch turned out to be a close but not a real rib entrée. I did receive a large portion of thin sliced BBQ pork that was coated in a sauce that left me with a sense of eating BBQed ribs.
The flavor and texture of this other white meat melded nicely with the fried rice creating a pleasing Asian food in a bowl experience.
Because the pork was sliced thin and appeared to have been cooked in the BBQ sauce, it was no surprise that the meat was a little on the tough, chewy side.
The Spring Roll was fried perfectly and was an excellent medium for the large dollop of Chinese mustard I painted onto this veggie won ton wrap.
Typically, with Asian entrees I have a lot of food sitting in front of me. This was no different. After lunch I had a good portion of ribs left for dinner.
The biggest lunch surprise for me was the absence of any Chinese vegetables in my lunch. As impressed with the bountiful portion of boneless ribs, I was equally disappointed about zero veggies in my entrée.
Would I order the spare ribs again. I don't think so. Next time I go Asian for lunch I think I'm going back to the good ol' Chinese menu #s 9 and/or #27.
The Pluses and Minuses of Bamboost:
Bamboos + indicators: Like a food world beacon on SW 91st St, Bamboos is an oasis to the hungry FOTR masses.
Bamboos - indicators: Good Chinese food presented in a very unremarkable way.
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