Saturday night I met an old friend of mine for dinner at the Pandan Room (100 East Moore Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840). I had expected your standard Asian restaurant and boy was I wrong.
|Pandan Room in Hackettstown, NJ|
|Gluten Free / Dairy Free Pandan Chicken |
with Sweet and Sour Cilantro Sauce
I began to peruse the menu and this is were I ran into trouble. You see a third of the appetizers, all four soups, more than half of the salads, most of the sides, and roughly 90% of the entrees were all flagged Gluten Free! Usually when I go out to eat, between gluten and dairy, there are only one or two items to choose from. I haven't had a choice of that many entrees since I first began following a gluten free diet six years ago!
|Gluten Free/Dairy Free Masaman Curry Duck at Pandan Room|
I was absolutely blown away! The puffed tapioca was a nice touch, the appetizer was fine, but my entree stole the show. What a far cry from plain grilled chicken and a baked potato!
|Gluten Free/Dairy Free Vietnamese Pork Chops |
over Vermicelli Rice Noodles at Pandan Room
Hackettstown is a bit of a drive for me but with gluten free food this good it is one I'll be making much more often! If you've never been to the Pandan Room I highly recommend that you try it, just leave extra time to peruse the menu and all the wonderful gluten free options!
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