One of Dallas's prettiest Thai restaurants, Asian Mint, is about to open a new location in Richardson.
Well, calling it an opening is almost a misnomer. The restaurant will open at 300 W. Campbell Rd., in what used to be EnjoyMint, which was Asian Mint's more casual cousin. So technically speaking, it's more of a makeover.
According to a release, EnjoyMint is still open and will end service on August 30. So if you love the fresh, fast-casual concept it embodied, you have a couple more weeks.
Following a four-week renovation, it will be transformed into the full-service Asian Mint in late September.
Chef/owner Nikky Phinyawatana tried to do something new, but new things can be so scary.
"When we opened EnjoyMint back in 2018, we thought it would resonate with the neighborhood by offering quick-serve Asian food," she says. "What we have come to realize is the old saying: If it isn't broken, don't fix it."
A native of Bangkok, Phinyawatana opened the first Asian Mint to great acclaim in 2004 at Forest Lane and Central Expressway, an area that had few nice restaurants, and also one that had a built-in audience at the Medical Center. She followed that with a second location at the Plaza on Oak Lawn, the Park Cities-friendly hangout, in 2008. Keeping up her eye for finding fitting neighborhoods she opened a third in Inwood Village in 2017.
Asian Mint offers New Bangkok style cuisine combined with other Asian influences. the menu includes curries, fried rice, soups, pad Thai, and stir fry. The restaurant also has a full-service bar, beer, organic wines, and mocktails.
Standout dishes include pad Thai, pad kee mow, crab fried rice, and red curry with coconut milk, bamboo shoot, Thai basil, and red bell pepper.
She recently launched a YouTube channel called "Nikky Feeding Souls," where she shares her expertise in Thai food, culture, and travel. She has also packaged her award-winning sauces for sale and is working on her first cookbook.
At the Richardson location, she's seen a big demand for take-out orders, so the restaurant will add a dedicated door and counter just for take-out. "Take-out has become an easy way for families to enjoy Asian Mint’s food, so we plan to cater to those dining habits as well," she says.
Monthly cooking classes will also take place at this location.