I’m going to get right to it: Pakpao is Thai me up, tie me down delicious. Now with three locations strong, Pakpao led by Chef Jet Tila serves up authentic Thai food with fresh ingredients in a really beautiful way. (Like … actually nice to look at, but also beautifully done.) Their food is amazing, but their brunch offerings are a truly unique take on Dallas’s favorite meal. Think Coconut Pancakes and lemongrass and kaffir lime sausage hash.
The drinks offered at brunch are as unique as it gets for brunch. You aren’t going to find bottomless mimosas or bloody mary bars here, but you will find refreshing options like their Thai Lemongrass bloody mary (my personal favorite in Dallas), their Lychee Bellini, and Chula-Rita. The best part? These delightful libations start at just $3.
Everything atop the plates that hit our table that fateful day was incredible. Those Coconut Pancakes, tho. If you eat anything there at brunch, make it that. Delightfully light and not too sweet thanks to the pineapple syrup and coconut milk, I’d substitute my traditional flapjacks any day. Another huge winner was the Wok Fried Egg Salad with crunchy cucumbers … who knew that Salads were better fried? Pakpao did. (This is also evident in Rachel’s comment about their Crispy Morning Glory Salad at the Plano Pakpao opening.)
While the brunch was a revelation, most of the food that they make it. (I mean … I’m not sure why I was so surprised by all of the amazing brunch options with their track record … whatever.) The less brunch-y items we tried were the Hoi Obh (steamed P.E.I. mussels with the most amazing lemongrass and Thai basil broth) and the Pork Congee. The congee was, as best as I can describe it, a comforting porridge-like soup with ground pork and ginger. I may or may not have insisted on taking home the little bit that was left just so I could taste it again. Whatever.
The decor is simple and seemingly authentic down to the ingredients stacked thoughtfully on shelves below the open kitchen window. Located directly beside its sister restaurant, Oak, it’s easy to miss since it’s not visible from the street.
Stop in to one of the three locations for a brunch you won’t soon forget … just make sure to invite me for some coconut pancakes.
BRUNCH SERVED 11am-3pm SATUDAYS AND SUNDAYS
***Pakpao invited me in to check out their brunch offerings.***