|Bua Na? Are we in Africa?|
No, we're not. In this case, "Bua Na" is a Thai word for a type of lotus. It also doubles as the name of a Thai restaurant in Pasadena that I ate at today.
I met a friend from a recent job - "T" - for lunch. He drove up to Pasadena to do a pick up/drop off for his work with a health care provider. "T" introduced me to some of his co-workers that he had known for some time and we walked over to Le Cordon Bleu because we wanted to try the new cafe/restaurant that opened on Colorado. Unfortunately, the cafe/restaurant was closed (I suspect it was due to a new quarter beginning at the school), so we mulled over our remaining options and ultimately settled on Thai food.
Bua Na Thai is located opposite Vroman's on a neat, little commercial walkway that runs between Colorado and Green (one of the businesses that fronts Colorado is Sachi Sushi). The restaurant has an al fresco setup as well as an standalone indoor dining room.
I ordered an L4 lunch special: Spicy Mint Leaves with Pork (6.75 USD) - pork stir-fried with bell peppers, onions, and mint leaves in a spicy sauce. This meal included a salad and my choice of soft drink - Wow!
Altogether, a decent meal. For the price, you can't really complain and refills on drinks are free too.
I don't know if you can make it out in the photo but the brown rice was molded into a heart. For myself, it brings up dubious memories of culinary school - Yikes!
I have to ding Bua Na for not bringing all the plates to our table at the same time. My lunch partners had to wait a bit before I got my order, which wasn't so nice.
How Much I Paid: 9.3 USD, with tip. Bua Na takes Visa and MC, but I think there is a minimum purchase amount to use the plastic.
My Rating: No stars out of four stars (satisfactory). Keeping in mind this was my first visit and I only had a lunch special, the rating might go up if future visits warrant it. I don't see why not. Website: http://buanathai.com/