Order Up: Mama Asian Noodle Bar
Mama is actually the second restaurant from Mike and Lisa Ponluang, two mainstays in the South Florida Thai food scene. For 15 years, the couple ran Thai Pepper in Coral Springs, a gem of a restaurant hidden away in a quiet strip mall. Fans of the place drove in from all over Broward to try Mike Ponluang's take on modern Thai. He had a flair for combining bold, authentic flavors with modern technique -- when he'd marry sea bass with spicy red curry or elegantly pair crispy duck breast with tamarind sauce, people would just about coo aloud at their tables. Thai Pepper was also my folks' go-to Thai joint. When it closed in 2006, they were inconsolable. Unbeknown to my parents, the Ponluangs went on to open Coco Asian Bistro in Fort Lauderdale later that year, a place equally well-known for its inventive take on modern Thai and sophisticated setting.Check out the full review now online in Dish.