After a family trip to the Intrepid Museum, we visited Obao in Hell’s Kitchen for a late lunch… or was it an early dinner? From noon to 4pm, they have a lunch special that includes an appetizer and entree for $8. This special is available on weekends too.
I ordered the Grilled Japanese Eggplant as my appetizer. Very nicely done, topped with chili, crispy shallots, and herbs. Served in a very tasty nuoc cham dipping sauce. The other appetizers that our table ordered, the salad and dumplings, didn’t look quite as appealing.
Han ordered the Shrimp Pad Thai for his entree. I’ve never had a pad thai topped with a poached egg, but I like the idea. Overall, Han thought this dish was okay. He really misses Asian food, and, unfortunately, I’ve been having a tough time finding places that he likes.
There were two vegetarian options available for the lunch special. John got the Mixed Vegetables Delight, which was basically just veggies and tofu served with rice. I ordered the Green Curry, which had tofu, eggplant, bamboo, bell peppers, and Thai basil. I normally find Thai green curry to be very spicy, but this one needed the help of some hot sauce. Not the most amazing green curry I’ve had, but acceptable for the price.
Happy hour was also happening, and we scored some good deals on beers and cocktails. John got the Ladyboy Daiquiri, which had lemongrass-infused rum, lime, pineapple juice, Thai chili, and basil seeds. He ate the chili pepper before I took a photo. I really liked the Cucumber Batida. A refreshing mixture of rum, cucumber, brown sugar, lime, and red wine.
John and I were the only ones who ordered dessert. John ordered some coffee dessert (maybe a semifreddo?), and I got the Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake ($9). Both desserts looked quite good, and we probably should have just ordered one to share.
Unfortunately, the chocolate didn’t flow out the way a lava cake should, but it was soft and warm with a good mixture of chocolate and green tea flavors. I always love green tea ice cream, and the walnut soil and crunchy chocoballs added a nice touch. Come here for that $8 lunch special, and don’t forget to treat yourself to dessert!