Some restaurants catch your sense of smell; others, your sense of taste; and then there are some that serve dishes you could eat with your eyes.
The best places, though, cater to all your senses.
D. Asian Thai in North Richland Hills is one of those places.
The food, a combination of Thai and Laotian, is blissfully fantastic in every way.
And that makes it difficult to choose just one dish, but the D. Asian platter ($10.45), with egg rolls, chicken tenders, chicken satay, ribs and shrimp, is a tempting starting point.
Everything on the platter was perfectly cooked. The egg rolls had a loud, crispy snap; the chicken was juicy; the shrimp was crunchy; and the ribs had a glistening texture that begged to be licked.
But save some licking for the spoons. Yellow noodle soup ($5.95-$8.95) has a fried garlic-flavored broth, while the beef and mango curry ($7.95) has a silky, sweet coconut flavor and a spiciness that tickles the nostrils.
Traditional pho ($5.95-$8.95) with beef, cilantro and garlic is another option.
Ginger fans will love the Pad King ($7.95-$9.95), with its balanced flavor of ginger, crunchy snow peas and bamboo shoots mixed with tender chicken.
Dishes like the mango curry and Pad King can be ordered with chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or a seafood combination. If youre vegan, they can do that, too. And by default, most dishes are gluten-free.
Our favorite was the pineapple fried rice ($7.95-$10.95). And by favorite I mean we unanimously agreed its the most supreme fried rice weve ever ordered. And considering how much rice Ive consumed in my lifetime, this is no empty claim.
Its definitely the dish that has it all: visually appetizing pineapple chunks, sweet and savory flavors, and texture and crunch brought on by thick onion slices and cashews.
Accompanying the dish was a homemade sauce, prik nam pla, that amplified the meal with heat.
Everything at D. Asian Thai is made from family recipes, including the sauces, and based on the consistency of what we ordered, youre likely to get a winner no matter where your finger lands on the menu.
Entrees are never premade soups, for example, are made daily and the owners clearly use quality ingredients.
Be sure to end your lunch or dinner with mango or coconut homemade ice cream. The creamy texture and flavor are, as youve probably guessed, blissfully fantastic.