Blue Mint Thai & Asian Cuisine
1211 E Debbie Ln #115
Mansfield, TX 76063
Blue Mint Thai & Asian Cuisine
May 8, 2015
Blue Mint Thai & Asian Cuisine is a popular Asian food restaurant located in a busy strip center at the corner of Debbie Lane and Matlock Road in Mansfield, Texas. The restaurant is good sized, clean with a simple and straightforward decor. Nothing fancy here. Just what is needed to serve the purpose.
The focus here is a blend of Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Burmese dishes. Perhaps a better turn of words would be the lack of focus here is a wide swath of Asian cuisine. Frankly though, I had a hard time easily discerning much beyond basic Thai offerings myself.
We started our meal with an appetizer of Steamed Dumplings ($6.95) which are comprised of marinated shrimp, pork & shiitake mushrooms. Rice wine soy sauce is served on the side for dipping. The dumplings were OK but not much more. They were a bit too soft or soggy in texture and contained very light flavoring or seasoning. I’d likely pass on this appetizer during a future visit.
Next my wife had the Tom Yum soup ($3.95) which she gladly shared with the table. This pungent soup is a broth based soup made with chicken dressed with hot chili, lemongrass, galangal, mushroom and lime vinaigrette. Frankly I found this soup to be very off putting. I could easily smell it from across the table and what I smelled was a barnyard. If you can get past the smell the flavor is fairly intense but doesn’t seem to meld in my opinion. I wouldn’t recommend this soup. My son was ecstatic when it was finally removed from the table. He was becoming nauseous.
My entree was the Tamarind Duck ($13.95). This dish consists of sliced, crispy duck topped with tamarind sauce, pineapple & shiitake mushrooms. This dish was easily the best item we had all evening even though it too was flawed. Not all of the duck was crispy as advertised. Several pieces were just super chewy strings of duck. The tamarind sauce was a winner, especially paired with the freshly cut pineapple chunks. The dish however was oddly propped on top of a handful of iceberg lettuce leaves and under ripe tomato slices. Visually an odd salad if there ever was one. If I went back I’d likely get this dish again because it beat the pants off the other two entrees that I’d never order in the future. Mussamun Curry and Pad See Ew with Beef. The Pad See Ew smelled and looked inedible. The Mussamun Curry was very average at best.
Service is acceptable. Fairly quick in most cases with only a few lulls here and there as the restaurant fills and stretches the staff a bit. Food service was a tiny bit slow at times and uneven in that each entree was brought to the table separately and at different times (roughly a minute or few between).
Blue Mint is BYOB so feel free to bring your own bottle of wine or beer to accompany your meal. If you have a glass case I’d recommend bringing your own wine glasses. There is no corkage fee.
Parking is free self park in the strip center lot in front of the restaurant. Attire is casual: shorts and a t-shirt are more than adequate. Major credit cards are accepted.
Conclusion: I was unimpressed and will take a pass in the future.