The restaurant was strangely quiet for a Tuesday evening in December, almost deserted, as if we had walked into a front for money laundering. This very thought crossed my mind.
The restaurant is located in the River City Mall, in the rear, perhaps accounting for the lack of customers that evening. Anyway, our party of 8 did eventually find the place which we were visiting because of its lofty ranking in Trip Advisor.
The interior is subdued, softly lit with green light accents. Instrumental gentle Indonesian music plays overhead. The service was so slow we were thinking maybe the chef had just quit and the remaining staff might be winging it. I thought of walking out but persevered.
We began with a platter of mixed tidbits: spring rolls, chicken satay, coconut shrimp... all of it very good. I had ordered a Thai Tea which was surprisingly sweet. I couldn't drink it, having long ago grown out of my milkshake phase. I reordered a simple green tea to replace it.
Our entrees when they finally were served were actually quite tasty and satisfying. Plenty of rice. Generous plates. I had the cashew Thai chicken which was mildly hot, well within the realm of tolerable for almost everyone. There was no room for dessert for any of us.
Overall, I found this an odd restaurant on a Tuesday evening. I do not understand it's lofty rating other than the food is bountiful and inexpensive (about 30 dollars per diner with drinks and tip). The ambience is relaxing although one could drop into a nap waiting for the food to arrive. If your in the immediate area, Green Papaya is not a bad choice for a good, economical meal, but I would not drive far to get here.
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