Restaurants & Reservations: Dining in Cincinnati

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Green Papaya: Great Food, Fun Presentation, An Uncreative Blog Title

Green Papaya 2942 Wasson Road • Cincinnati, OH 45209 • (513) 731-0107

His Take

I suppose I don't have much to say about this one because I wasn't actually there. But given that my usual date went for a school-related meeting, am I complaining? I think not :-)

Her Take

I was skeptical walking into the restaurant, but mainly because I was meeting a group for a school-related meeting. In truth, I had driven past the Green Papaya at least a hundred times, thought it looked like it was worth a try, but never made it inside. I'm glad I did!

The restaurant bills itself as Thai/Sushi. The decor screamed neither, but there was an upbeat, modern feel to the place with bright colors, creative decorations, and flowers everywhere. I was with a group, and we were seated in a corner where we could have our meeting, which was perfect. The rest of the clientele was a mix of couples and groups--there was a wait for tables even on a Wednesday night. It was not quiet. This is not a place for a romantic date (or a productive group meeting), but it seemed appropriate for almost anything else.

The food was very good, and well-presented. My mango curry came inside a half-pineapple, and with a side of rice that was shaped into a perfect cone. Our table's biggest complaint was not about the food, but that they brought out an excess of plates. Every dish seemed to arrive with at least two plates, and many of them were larger than necessary, leading to an overcrowded table. Nonetheless, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. My curry had a good mix of meat (ok, tofu), vegetables, and fruit. I asked for medium spiciness, and, somewhat amazingly, that's what I got. The spicy sushi had the spicy mayonaise drizzled across the top rather than inside, which made for a pretty presentation, although a little messier of an experience.

Everything was reasonably priced - around $5 per sushi roll, with hot dishes starting around $10. Presentation was impressive, and the food was very good. I'm looking forward to driving past the Green Papaya many more times--but I will also make sure to go inside again soon!


Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this place! It is a small crowded atmosphere, but the food is great, I reccommend take-out :-)

Anonymous said...

This is My my favorite sushi place in town. You must try the Ta Ta and the Queen City specialty rolls. Aside from sushi, their Pad Thai dish is a wonderful permutation from the other Thai establishments in town. They use a smaller noodle, and produce a dish that isn't greasy like other and has a wonderful texture to it. I go there at least twice a month. Lucky for me that it is only a short walk from my house to get there.

FoodHussy said...

I love RuThais and can't sway from there very often but I did try GP a couple months ago - it's really good. I had green tea cheesecake that was AWESOME! I guess the girl that bakes for them wants to open a bakery so she tries different things all the time. It was DELISH!