18 South Angell St., Providence | 401-383-8830
Business Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 3pm-10:30pm; Sunday, noon-9:30pm | Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner | Cusine: Thai and sushi | Atmosphere: Casual | Price Range: $-$$ | Alcohol: Full bar | Outdoor Seating: No | Reservations: Yes | Kid Friendly: Yes | Parking: Street | Credit Cards Accepted: Yes | Delivery: No
If you're anything like us, you often find yourself with a general craving for Asian food, but are unable to decide between favorites. For us, it often comes down to Thai versus sushi. Fortunately, when Lim's Restaurant opened in 2012, that dilemma was solved once and for all.
Located right in the heart of the East Side's bustling Wayland Square, Lim's specializes in both fine Thai cuisine and the expertly prepared sushi. Whether you choose to sit at the sushi bar on in the handsome (and recently expanded) dining room, you're in for a great meal at a fair price.
The food includes both familiar favorites and modern twists on homestyle classics. The less adventurous eaters in your party will be glad to find staples like Pad Thai, California Roll and steamed or fried dumplings – but with a higher level of quality and attention to detail than at your average takeout place.
Those who are in the mood for something a bit more exotic, however, will love exploring the menu at Lim's. Their specialities include both authentic preparations not found on most local menus, and modern fusions of eclectic flavors. Their Spicy Holy Basil, for instance, features minced chicken or rib-eye steak in a bird's-eye chili sauce with mushrooms, peppers, fried egg and Jasmine rice. Pad See-Ew is a signature Thai noodle dish, with wide rice noodles, carrots, broccoli, egg and a sweet soy sauce, with your choice of meat or tofu. Over at the sushi bar, they've got creative maki like the Nookky Roll (named for the chef): shrimp tempura, avocado, cream cheese, cucumber, fresh spicy tuna, masago, scallion and tempura flake in a special sauce.
Lim's also has a full bar, so you can temper your Spicy Tuna Roll with a cold beer or cocktail. No matter what your favorite style of Asian cuisine, dining at Lim's means never having to choose.
Can't-Miss Dish: Mango Curry (pictured above): a signature Lim's dish with shrimp, chicken, fresh mango, squash, zucchini and curry powder.