Yes, That’s Fried Rice in a Pineapple, and It’s Spectacular

Head out to Mason for a smorgasbord of edible garnishes.
Pineapple fried rice (Max’s Choice)

Photograph by Marlene Rounds

When a Thai joint rocks a perfect hangersteak (in a Thai port wine reduction), it’s clearly a cut above. At Banana Leaf Modern Thai, there are many such indicators: the artful presentation (young coconut curry with shrimp served inside a real coconut); the pad Thai Goong topped with a crosshatching of cooked egg; the kaffir lime and chile sauce; the heaping platter of chicken, veggies, noodles, and sauces for lettuce wraps; and the mango and sticky rice for dessert.

Young coconut curry with shrimp served inside a real coconut

Photograph by Marlene Rounds

Chef Pom Tongdangjoue operates three greenhouses in Liberty Township, where he grows all the herbs and much of the produce that he can’t otherwise source locally, keeping flavors ultra-fresh. Banana Leaf also nails the basics: fluffy jasmine rice, hand-cut flat noodles, and still-crisp cooked vegetables. Much of the menu is dairy- and gluten-free by nature of the cuisine, including the coconut crème brûlée.


Photograph by Marlene Rounds


Photograph by Marlene Rounds

Come thirsty, as there are long wine and cocktail lists, plus local and import suds. We chose the hefmosa beer cocktail (hefeweizen and orange juice, garnished with a chile) with our entrées and paired coconut bubble tea and French press coffee with dessert. How has this suburban gem been open for seven years and we’ve just now found out? Consider us more than ready to make up for lost time. Preferably seated on the charming back patio.

Banana Leaf Modern Thai, 101 E. Main St., Mason, (513) 234-0779,

Originally published in the July 2016 issue.

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