4201-112 University Drive
Durham, NC 27707
Review Date: July 21, 2007
Reviewers: John Davis, Jody Hamilton-Davis, Susan Peterson, Vicki S., John M., James Balfour, Karl M., Michael Pocinki, April S., Lucy Moore, Kirk N., Beth Levine, Amanda Newman
We went to Twisted Noodles on a Saturday evening. Twisted Noodles is located in a strip mall on University Drive in Durham. An unusual thing about Twisted Noodles, that we appreciated, is their menu and their web page both say that all of their dishes can be made vegan or vegetarian. They offer tofu or vegetables as a "meat" choice for their curries and entrees. The server was very knowledgeable about vegan issues, and very helpful. Since there was a large group of us he had a bell he rang to get our attention.
Appetizers we tried included Vegan Delight, Summer Rolls (made vegan by replacing the shrimp with tofu) and Twisted Thai Rolls. Vegan Delight came with fried tofu, butternut squash and a sweet chili sauce. The dish was described as very good, with nicely done tofu that was fried but still light. Twisted Thai Rolls are vegetarian spring rolls served with sweet chili sauce. All three appetizers were highly rated.
One of the best things about the menu is the amazingly broad variety of vegan choices we could have. We ordered a variety of entrees including Pad Thai, Mussaman Beef made vegan with tofu, Sweet and Sour Tofu, Thai Chili & Basil with Tofu and a variety of curries and noodle dishes. The tofu included in the entrees is deep fried, and several reviewers mentioned they enjoyed it. The curries and the Thai Chili & Basil were described as appropriately spicy. The Pad Thai, stir-fries and curries were all highly rated but the other noodle dishes were less so. The noodles in the Sauteed Glass Noodles entree were described as a little soggy although the reviewer who had the drunken noodles said they were flavorful. The reviewer who had the Tom Yum Chili Oil Noodles said there were too many noodles, not enough tofu and vegetables.
The portions at Twisted Noodles are generous, and most of us took home leftovers. The prices are very reasonable for the amount of food served. They have a small wine list and beer choice, including Singha, a Thai beer. The menu also listed a corkage charge, suggesting you could bring your own wine. If you plan to do this you might call ahead to make sure this is viable.
Twisted Noodles received some of the highest scores we have ever had for food, vegetarian sensitively and service. The waiter was one of the most knowledgeable about vegan issues we have ever encountered. It is well worth trying if you are in the market for Thai food.