Monday, January 7, 2008

Flo's Asian Kitchen and Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt

This past Saturday, we were doing some shopping @ The Promenade in North Scottsdale and decided to eat at Flo's Asian Kitchen for dinner. In-N-Out was tempting but we just went there a few weeks ago (one burger a month limit!). I'm pretty sure I've been to Flo's Asian Kitchen before, but it has been at least a few years.

As we glanced through the menu, I noted that the prices seemed quite high. If I remember correctly, all beef dishes are around $13. We ended up ordering the Thai Lettuce Cups ($9) and Thai Basil Chicken ($10).

The Thai Lettuce Cups arrived first. The dish was too salty and very oily. Also, the lettuce was very, very wet. Each leaf was soaked and the bottom of the plate holding the lettuce was filled with water. I couldn't complain that the lettuce wasn't washed. We both thought this dish was worse than the corresponding dish at Pei Wei. Note, we rarely eat at Pei Wei, but it was the most comparable place I could think of where we've also had Lettuce Wraps.

Flo's Asian Kitchen - Thai Lettuce Cups
The Thai Basil Chicken was actually pretty good. The chicken was very tender. We both liked this dish.
Flo's Asian Kitchen - Thai Basil Chicken
The bill came and we saw that the Lettuce Cups were only $4.50. YEAH! We we're there during Happy Hour which meant half-price appetizers! That made the (originally) $9 dish a tiny bit better. I'd probably put Flo's Asian Kitchen somewhere between Pei Wei and P.F. Chang's. Like those two, it's definitely "Americanized" food. Although the happy hour prices aren't bad, we probably won't be coming back any time soon.

After dinner we headed to Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt for dessert. This was our first visit to a Golden Spoon. Patty ordered a mini size strawberry yogurt w/ yogurt chips and I had a mini size vanilla w/ cookie dough.

The strawberry yogurt was very sweet w/ a strong artificial strawberry flavor. The yogurt chips didn't provide much in terms of taste. Both of us didn't like this one.

Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt - mini size strawberry yogurt w/ yogurt chips
The vanilla yogurt was ok. I thought it was very similar to McDonald's soft serve. The cookie dough bits were way too sweet. I tried three or four of them and then couldn't stomach any more. Yuck.
Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt - mini size vanilla w/ cookie dough
Both of us didn't finish our minis - the quantity was too the yogurt wasn't that great.
BTW, we noticed that almost every customer ordered a small or regular sized yogurt.

Places mentioned:

Flo's Asian Kitchen
16495 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(@ The Promenade)

Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
9397 E. Shea Blvd. #110
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(multiple locations)


Anonymous said...

I guess by the "review" you did for Golden Spoon, you have not had much experience eating frozen yogurt. I'm a transplant from SoCal to Phx. I grew up eating Golden Spoon - actually I worked there for 3yrs in high school and was in a sorority in college that lived off the stuff. It's been around for 25 years, and is hands down the best froyo out there. Artificial taste in strawberry?? You should do some homework before posting ridiculous statements. Their strawberry is made with puree from actual strawberries, that is the only sweetener in the yogurt. The cookie dough was too sweet?? Isn't it supposed to be sweet? Were you expecting a sour cookie dough? Though that statement pretty much explains your review....... Was your frozen yogurt too frozen? Since you cannot appreciate good froyo, please refrain from going to Golden Spoon and go back to McDonalds.

Andy said...

Interesting. I didn't know that working in a place for 3 yrs and being in a sorority made one an expert. Are you certain there are no other sweeteners in the yogurt? I find that very hard to believe (btw, I tried looking up the ingredient list on their website but that page is not coming up).

In any case, thanks for your comments. What I have written is just my opinion. If you disagree, I respect whatever your (and anyone else's) opinion is. We are all entitled to our own opinions, however "ridiculous" they may be...