LC: During one of our many treks to Atlanta, we decided to veer off the beaten path and venture into new, uncharted territory… also known as Peachtree City, GA. PC is a perfect midway stop between Columbus and Atlanta. It is a well-developed suburban town with offerings that span from your average chain restaurant to a few more upscale shops and eateries. On this particular trip, we decided to consult with our trusty handy dandy digital app, otherwise known as Scoutmob, which led us to Green Ginger.
DC: As we entered the establishment, two samurai guards flanked each side of the entryway, setting a fun and interesting environment from the start.
LC: The ambiance and decor at Green Ginger is so unique compared to “typical” Asian food restaurants. It is very modern, chic, and stylish… with none of the expected staples. Geisha-adorned tapestries and traditional music are replaced with iPads, modern furniture, and contemporary music.
DC: Basically, this place is pretty rad.
LC: For our main course, we ordered the Thai Basil (13.50) — basil and vegetables wok-tossed in basil sauce with ground chicken and a side of steamed white rice. It also came with a green salad with ginger dressing, which is of course a typical staple at similar restaurants. The Thai Basil is definitely something I’d normally gravitate to at a Thai restaurant. I have a crazy love affair with Thai basil; the flavor is phenomenal! When we ordered, I was not aware that the chicken was ground; I believe that diced chicken would’ve made the dish more appealing to the eye and improve the entire experience, texture-wise. Secondly, I would’ve added more Thai basil… not just because I’m crazy in love with it, but because it is listed as one of the main ingredients, after all.
DC: I enjoyed the dish for the most part. I agree that diced chicken would’ve made it better, and I also wish it would’ve come out steaming hot, instead of so-so warm, especially considering we were among the few diners in the restaurant at the time. The sauce was yummy, but I did miss the spice and flavor of the Thai basil, and feel like they could definitely up the ante on that.
LC: For our sushi rolls, we explained our taste preferences to the server, and she gave us recommendations based on that. First up: the Fancy Roll ($12) — shrimp tempura, spicy tuna roll, topped with toasted eel, avocado, and eel sauce. We really wanted to give eel a whirl, and that was the basis of us choosing this roll. Soooo… about the eel… at first I was afraid; I was petrified. I didn’t know how I would feel about the texture, the smell, the anything. The fact that it was toasted (vs. raw) gave me the hutzpa I needed to go forward with the dish. The verdict? ((drumroll)) I’m officially a fan (of TOASTED eel).
DC: Well, LC, I’m not sure what you were worried about. Though I admit eel does sound a bit on the adventurous side, I was pretty excited about the prospect. The Fancy Roll was a stone groove smash hit, and I think I will be eelin’ a lot more often.
LC: Next up: the Ocean Roll ($14) — shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado roll, topped with white tuna tempura, crab meat, spicy mayo and eel sauce. With the cream cheese, spicy mayo, and eel sauce, this roll was a bit too creamy for my personal tastes. That’s not to say it wasn’t good; it was. I was fully aware of the ingredients when we ordered it, so no shade… but the Fancy Roll is definitely the winner here.
DC: My favorite part of the Ocean Roll was the crunchy shrimp tail at the end of the roll… mmmm! I enjoyed both rolls, but I agree with LC: The Fancy Roll was the undisputed champ.
LC: Overall, I was impressed with Green Ginger. It’s not too far off Interstate 85, but just far off the exit to feel like you are venturing somewhere new. The food, the service, and the chic ambiance will definitely have me taking the Peachtree City exit a bit more often.
DC: Scoutmob is an excellent tool for discovering restaurants you may otherwise overlook, and it also offers discounts that you can redeem at said eateries. This was one of those instances where I appreciated using the app to discover a new place to grub. Despite the minor gripes concerning the Thai Basil, our meal at Green Ginger is my type of lunch. It was a light, leisurely meal in a comfy and sleek environment. I’m sure that this would be an excellent venue for a dinner date.
Food: 3.75 /5
Service: 4 / 5
Ambiance: 4.25 / 5
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Green Ginger has two locations: Peachtree City and Decatur.
We visited them at:
200 Marketplace Connector
Peachtree City, GA 30269