Since Saladang first opened its modern concrete doors on Fair Oaks back in 1993, it has become a favorite Thai restaurant for people all over Pasadena and the surrounding area. Thanks to the popularity of the original restaurant, Saladang eventually grew to include the building next door, an updated version known as Saladang Song. Since 2015, the ownership has transitioned and Saladang Song has become known as Saladang Garden with one of the most beautiful patio spaces in the city.
When Saladang first opened, it was likely one of the more striking spots to eat in Pasadena. The concrete building standing out on its block on Fair Oaks. Inside, the atmosphere is cozier, with photos and fabrics showcasing Thai culture. The menu is filled with many of the same dishes that are familiar from your favorite neighborhood Thai joints, but with a few standouts. One is the seafood studded crab pot. Another is the yellow curry, which I used to find on menus more often but seems to have fallen out of favor recently—Saladang’s is an especially good version of the dish. And stuffed chicken wings don’t usually have all the veggies that Saladang uses, making them another favorite.
Sharing the block with the original Saladang is the architectural marvel that is Saladang Garden. It’s a popular place for locals to hold events—everything from first birthday parties to office gatherings, simply because of the stunning ambience. The super modern steel cut designs are balanced with the beautiful flowers of the garden. Some nights include live music, which makes the whole experience even sweeter. But what is truly amazing is that Saladang Garden doesn’t just focus on the aesthetics, the menu is also a treat. Many dishes are the same as the more traditional Saladang, including stuffed chicken wings and yellow curry. But at Saladang Garden you can also find some more unique dishes, including a selection of Thai breakfast items, and an all-day menu filled with yum eggplant salad, pork jerky, lamb shank and more things that you may be less familiar with.
Saladang and Saladang Garden remain popular spots so you may want to call ahead or be prepared to wait. Also, because Saladang Garden hosts events, check to make sure it’s not closed when you plan to be hungry.
Shelter from the Storms: Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter open through March 1
Thanks for reading our post on Salandang and Saladang Garden on Fair Oaks!On another matter, the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter is open during the current bad weather season, on nights with a forecast of 40 degrees or below and/or 40 percent chance of rain until March 1. During the 2015-2016 winter, the last season with available records, the BWS was open a total of 33 nights. It served a total of 1,941 guests — 1,423 men and 518 women.
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