August 2017 - Reston Virginia
As you can tell by the title for this article I'm a sucker for some good pasta whatever shape it comes in; and our area has a more than a few good spots. Reston Town Center is what one would call a target rich environment if we were in a combat situation... fortunately we're not - so we can get by with saying "holy cow batman" instead.
Busara Thai Restaurant
has to be in our top three favorite places to eat in Reston. And it has everything to do with all our major considerations when we look for a place to eat, namely: quality, atmosphere, service, price (and closely linked) quantity.
I'm not an adventurous eater (having been largely a meat and potato kind of guy all my life) but Busara has helped me to start breaking that mold. Sure my most favorite dish is the Pad See Ew or stir fried soy sauce rice noodles with broccoli, egg, and sometimes a touch of chili garlic sauce (just a touch mind you)... but I've been enticed to try a number of other savory mouthfuls and am not ashamed to say I've even become addicted to the Golden Triangle appetizer - that's right... FRIED BEAN CURD (and I have pictures to prove it)! Never in a million years would I have guessed that I'd of eaten that yet here we are. Who knew.
The Mrs. on the other hand is a much more refined and discriminating eater and often opts for a vegetarian approach at dinner. Her favorites include the Shrimp bikini, crispy spring rolls, and curry chicken brochette for starters; followed by something like the Pad Tofu, Busara veggie fried rice, or the occasional goong sapparos (shrimp sautéed with cashew nuts, fresh pineapple, and scallions in a sweet and sauce, served with steamed asparagus).
We normally choose to arrive a few minutes ahead of the normal dinner hour in this area (6:30ish pm) so we haven't had any problems getting seated and our order taken as quickly as we want.
The wait staff is paying attention, the background music is pleasant, and the food always takes a few minutes - which we consider a sign it's being prepared fresh for our order and not stockpiled in a hot bin somewhere.
Best of all there always seems to be a little left over to take home to enjoy the next day for a snack. And you can't beat the price especially compared to 90% of the other establishments in the area. We usually require a quiet stroll around the block before we head back to home after a stop at Busara and we think you will too. You might even find a little extra space for dessert from a nearby place like Edible Incredible Desserts.
Enjoy, we do.