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Forget the sushi; stick with the specials at Asian Mint

The meat is sweet, edged in brine; the shell is tender. But it would be much better if the spicy mayo treatment were a little more restrained, more like a leather bodice from South Beach than quicksand by Tommy Bahama.

Like the crab, the garlic quail has long spindly limbs. The bird is marinated, covered with chopped garlic, deep-fried and planted in a nest of chopped cabbage. It's chewy and moist, dark and flavorful. Garlic is evident, but the heat and zest of the bulb are muted--maybe too muted.

Pad Thai is a gentle marvel, or it could be. The house-made tamarind sauce doesn't clobber. Its tang is blunted. Yet it still fires off a few sparks across the rice noodle tangles. Crushed nuts are cloistered in a heap off to the side. Green onions and bean sprouts greet with crunch. Chicken is moist. Tofu escapes the dreaded soggy kitchen sponge effect.

Minty fresh: A cool green theme permeates Asian Mint--not always a good thing at a place that serves sushi.
Tom Jenkins
Minty fresh: A cool green theme permeates Asian Mint--not always a good thing at a place that serves sushi.

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Asian Mint

11617 N. Central Expwy, 135
Dallas, TX 75243

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Garland & Vicinity

Details

Soft-shell crab $8.95
Garlic quail $14.95
Krapao sea bass $14.95
Sushi $3.50 to $5.95
Ginger salmon $13.95
Pad Thai $9.95

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Still, the dish collapses on account of the awfulness of the shrimp. The flavor is sparse, and what there is resembles soap dish gel. Hence we shrunk from exploring the coffee bean/dessert bar component of this Asian fusion alloy. Yeah, we're wimps. So sue us. Everybody else does. 11617 N. Central Expressway, Suite 135. Open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday & Saturday. $$-$$$

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