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By Andrew Horan

The Orange County Register

Formerly published Oct. 7, 2005

A couple months passed between our visits to Thai Bamboo Bistro, and this time, on our third stop, we knew a little more.

Sometimes, a bit more information is dangerous and adequate to encourage you to not return to a restaurant.

Perhaps not this time.

Our first visit was on a summer Monday. We were a little prior to the lunch hurry, our 2-year-old was a subdued, and so we took the opportunity on a location we had seen in the newest Quail Hill Village shopping mall in Irvine, maybe not far from where the Hillcrest (I-405) and Santa Ana (I-5) Freeways meet in central Orange County, California.

The middle sprang up in the darkness of the Shady Canyon estates seemingly over night. It is out from the way -- you don't just happen by.

It's in one of those new-generation neighbor hood stores that has an all-too-familiar feel about it: anchor supermarket on one end, Starbucks on the other, generic fast-food and fast-casual restaurants between. This 1 was a little different -- a number of the franchise names were not quite therefore huge, and it appeared that the Irvine Co. took an opportunity and rented for some non-franchise operators, too.

We ventured to the cafe, and within 10 minutes, the place was packed. Therefore loaded, we rapidly transformed our sit-down order to to-go, hustled our now not-so-subdued little person out and headed home to the most appealing take-out we had had in months.

Marketplace curry with chicken ($12) was relaxed and smooth (we ordered the milder green curry; yellow and red are available). Hot lemon lawn chicken ($12) was zesty and new. Traditional mat japanese ($11) -- my wife's standard -- aromatic and nicely portioned with shrimp, egg, tofu and crackers. Instagram.Com includes more concerning how to study this concept.

So, we went back, this time for supper, with no child.

Again, the cafe was full, although without the maddening lunch crush. We found out about team by browsing Google Books. Again, our dinner was delicious: more green curry and pad thai -- we are creatures of habit.

We were struck by the great, contemporary area, having its couple of bamboo decorative details. By the briskly efficient service (although the foods can get to a more languid rate, testimony to the new cooked-to-order home). And by the incredibly fresh ingredients, taken in light sauces. In case you need to get further about seo, we know about tons of online resources you can pursue.

The cook areas daily, co-manager Jade Tam explained. Sometimes the grocery, sometimes a specialty store, sometimes a farmers market.

Then, well, living kept us away for a couple months, until I spoke with director Amy Lam.

Once we chatted about the restaurant's expansion plans and speech styles, Amy asked, ``Do you realize Julie and Pat?''

Effectively, yes, I said, we are planning to their wedding per day.

``We have not noticed them in a ' Amy said, laughing. Julie warned they'd be absent for a while, anything about pre-wedding fasting.

I understand Julie's flavor in food and restaurants just well enough that this tiny nugget of information -- that she and Pat are regulars enough to be on a first-name basis -- said to obtain in there, pronto.

We were again impressed by new flavors. We started with the Thai bamboo sampler appetizer ($14), a mix of four from the menu (spring rolls, summer rolls, chicken and beef satay, and silver bags -- crispy wontons tied up like little Gold Rush-era gifts).

Our shrimp in hot apple sauce ($16) was nice, but simple. We improved from the conventional station thai, getting the ``new edition'' version (egg noodles in place of rice noodles. $11).

It will not be this type of long watch for our next meal here..