We happened to be in town on Saturday afternoon. I was too hungry to wait for Tender Fire to open. It would have been an entire hour. So I started thinking about which restaurants I wanted to go to. I wanted something fast and easy. I thought, why don’t we try the new Zaika restaurant booth at the Chomp Food Hall. Well, Zaika was closed at that location.
We ended up going back to Nath’s Inspired Khmer Cuisine. It was an excellent choice. Little did I know that all items are gluten-free and vegan friendly. Another incredible bonus. Sometimes things just seem to work out.
I had the turmeric noodles(16). The noodles themselves were stir-fried sweet potato noodles with a delicious turmeric- ginger sauce. Wow! Those noodles were beautiful. There was also broccoli, bok choy, red bell peppers, slivers of carrots, and green onion. I felt healthy just reading this dish on the menu. The pieces of broccoli and bok choy were garnished with sesame seeds as were the rest of the noodles. That was an impressive touch and they were not stingy with the sesame seeds either. A dab of sriracha was also included as were some beautifully placed sunflower greens .
I tasted the turmeric noodles without the sriracha then mixed the entire blob into the noodles. Best Ever!
Just enough heat for me but not enough to wreck a well balanced dish. I just wanted to inhale the entire dish of noodles. The vegetables were perfectly cooked. The presentation was perfect. Ok, I don’t have enough adjectives to accurately describe this dish so please bear with me. Go and check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
For an upcharge of 3 dollars you can add tofu, 5 dollars for chicken, beef for 6 dollars, and wild caught shrimp(5 qty) 7 dollars of XL and 12 dollars for XXXL. I thoroughly enjoyed just the basic dish.
We also had the Green Curry(19). You were offered a choice of steamed jasmine rice, either white or brown. We chose the brown. It was the perfect compliment to the green curry. We are big curry fans so we can be quite critical of anything that isn’t incredible. This green curry passed the test.
The green curry included the best cooked kombucha squash I have ever eaten. This was the first time I had an unpeeled version of this sweet squash. Wow! is all I can say. There was a spicy green coconut curry that was blended with roasted eggplant puree. Pineapple chunks, zucchini, bell peppers, green beans, bok choy and a sweet Thai basil rounded out the entire ingredients of this delicious dish. As with the tumeric noodles, you could add tofu,chicken, beef or shrimp for an up-charge.
Nath’s was the busiest establishment on the premises, just so you know. There is indoor seating as well as outdoor. We had take-out. It does take some time which I think is a good thing. My food isn’t just sitting there. So do expect to wait while your order is being prepared. You can order online or phone in at 505.699.5974
Nath’s Inspired Khmer Cuisine is open Wednesday-Sunday. Their food is called Pan-Asian Fusion. Everything is all organic, gluten-free and vegan friendly. Nath’s is open form 12:30pm to 7:30pm. Last order is at 7pm. Located in the Chomp Food Hall at 505 Cerrillos Road B101 in Santa Fe.