Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by Angie
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Pusadee's Garden closed in 2018 for long-term renovations and re-opened in 2021. This review is from our visit prior to closure and may not necessarily reflect their current offering.
Pusadee's Garden is a classic Thai restaurant in Lawrenceville where, although the food is great, the highlight is without a doubt the beautiful outdoor seating area. The outdoor garden is lush with plants and takes on an enchanting feeling at night when the strung up lights turn on.
A reservation is essential, especially if you want to dine outside. The restaurant is BYOB, and the bottles of wine were definitely flowing all around us during our recent Saturday night meal.
Be Sure to Grab a Few Appetizers to Start
We started with crab rolls which were long, skinny, deep-fried rolls stuffed with crab and served with a sweet, vinegar-based chili sauce. This appetizer seemed expensive for the three or four small bites it provided for each of us, but other than that it was pretty good.
Next we tried the tom yum soup with shrimp (you can choose which protein you'd like to add). The mushrooms and shrimp were cooked well and soaked up the savory, sour, spicy broth. The soup was rich without being too heavy.
Delicious Curry and Modest Noodles
For entrees we took our standard approach when trying a new Thai restaurant, ordering a curry dish and a noodle dish. For the noodle dish we chose the noodles with duck and a level six spiciness.
We can tolerate heat pretty well, but this dish made our nose run by the end of it. The duck slices on top seemed like they were pre-cooked and added before serving, which meant they were not that hot by the time we ate them.
The sauce on the noodles was delicious, though, with a nice spicy-sweet balance and a vinegar base.
We liked the pumpkin curry that we ordered much better than the noodle dish. For this dish we ordered a level three spiciness, and definitely could have gone for a level four or five to complement the sweetness of the pumpkin better.
The sauce was everything we like in curry- a good balance of creamy, salty, and sweet. For our protein we chose tofu, which was silky smooth and delicious. The curry was loaded up with crisp vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, carrot, and, of course, pumpkin.
The service wasn't anything special but was very matter-of-fact and efficient, which we can greatly appreciate. Overall, it was a lovely evening, and we'd gladly go back on a summer evening with a large group of friends to sit out in the garden, enjoy several bottles of wine, and order a little bit of everything on the menu.
Pusadee's Garden is located at 5319 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The restaurant closed in 2018 but reopened in 2021.
For more restaurants in Lawrenceville, check out Umami, Morcilla, Merchant Oyster Co, Banh Mi & Ti, Dive Bar or The Vandal! Or if you happen to be in the mood for a drink after dinner, head over to the Allegheny Wine Mixer! Or, for more reviews of Pittsburgh restaurants, click the previous link to be taken to our directory of every review on Discover the Burgh!