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Saladang - 89 Reviews - 363 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105, Pasadena, CA - Group Dining Reviews - Phone (626) 793-8123

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363 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
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Best

The owner/ designer (Dang; I do not know her last name) of this unique restaurant has put her heart's energy into creating one of the most sensitively developed commercial establ...

Worst

Saladang Song is one of the worst tasting Thai restaurants that I have ever been to. Being Thai myself, I could say firsthand that Saladang Song is not authentic Thai food. The ...

Overpriced Thai Food 12/13/2010

Fried tofu appetizer, you can get this at any other place for 1/2 of the price. We had 6 people, the restaurant automatically filled in our tip at 15%. So overall we had a disappointing dinner and was sad I had wasted my money at this place. more

Ins n' Outs of the Song 8/15/2010

This Thai establishment is located right on the hustle and bustle of Fair Oaks and while that might be fine for finding the place or eating inside the restaurant, for the folks eating in Song's beautiful patio area, it leaves a bit to be desired. Apparently, Fair Oaks is the chosen flightpath for emergency vehicles, and with the uber high yet ornate prison wall-type of concrete that surrounds us, the siren sound is bounced around and amplified to a point of utter annoyance. Just the mild sounds of the traffic is enough to disturb some people. I'm not sure why they can't just shut the large ornate doors. As compared to other LA-area Thai places I have frequented, the food is average. The quaint and romantic setting is selling point at this place. The wait-staff lacks in both personality and attentive factor. We got the feeling that they just wanted us gone and leave our money on the way out. I had to ask each time for my water glass and/or soda to be re-filled. My Pad Se Ew (or Pad See Lew as they call it) was on the level of strip mall quality Thai food. Bottom line is that the food is average, the servers are not attentive but the ambiance (sans the sirens) is wonderful. more

Among the Top Five Restaurants in Southern California 6/3/2010

The owner/ designer (Dang; I do not know her last name) of this unique restaurant has put her heart's energy into creating one of the most sensitively developed commercial establishments currently existing in Southern California. Her sensitivity funnels through deeply wrought humanistic philosophical roots, heightened visual artistic acumen, and superb culinary mastery into creating this not to be missed experience in eating out. Pros: Cuisine, Architectural Environment Cons: (none) more

Terrific Authentic Thai in a Beautiful Setting 4/30/2010

Saladang Song is a housed in a gorgeous cement, glass and metal structure that is so unique and beautiful, you'd think the dining experience would be more formal. I marvel at the design of the building and it's quasi-outdoor setting surrounded by a minimalist asian designs and lighting scheme. Based on this I expected eating here would be a more formal affair, but instead lent itself to a more standard thai dining experience. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. It's just how I might have preferred it being in such a beautiful building. This is made up for by exquisite and authentic Thai cuisine. The dishes were excellent, full of rich flavors and not overly spicy (which is my preference). There are many items on the menu you won't find at regular Thai restaurants, which makes it that much more unique. Overall, everything we tried from the Fried Taro roll appetizer to the Pad See Iew and Roast Duck with Ginger were excellent. In addition to a complimentary custard dessert, we ordered homemade coconut ice cream, which came with shredded mango and coconut mixed within and was extraordinary. Definitely save room for this simple little add on. It was delicious! Pros: The Atmosphere and Ambience, the food, coconut ice cream Cons: Too casual more

Great Thai Comfort Food 2/17/2010

My family has been going to Song for at least 6 years on a frequest basis. We enjoy the ambiance of contemporary cement walls but adorned with Thai motif ironworks. All the tables have live orchids for centerpieces. The wait staff is very attentive and greet and seat us immediately when we arrive. Yes, they don't serve water unless it's asked for. \r \r We absolutely love their breakfast menu and go in specifically for their rice soup. The kids always order the rice soup with chicken sausage. It's comfort food that warms not only the stomach but our sense of being. I like ordering the rice porridge with 3 accompanying dishes, usually shredded chicken, sauteed spinach and scrambled eggs. We all sip on the fresh made sweet ginger tea. It's very strong.\r \r The portions are generous and we usually take home half the meal.\r \r Their dishes are mostly comfort food. I love their green curry with eggplant and either meat or tofu. It's great over steamed brown rice.\r \r They always finish the meals with either a medley of fresh sliced fruit for breakfast or a scoop of sherbet or ice cream for lunch and dinner.\r \r For all the guests that i've taken or recommended, they have all been pleased with the food and service. They always thank me for taking them, or recommending it to them. Pros: Best Thai Breakfast Cons: Can't think of one more

A ROMANTIC THAI RESTAURANT IN PASADENA 1/27/2010

The ambiance is TO DIE FOR! I LOVE LOVE LOVE sitting outside under the heat lamp with a candle lit dinner... more

A ROMANTIC THAI RESTAURANT IN PASADENA 1/27/2010

marissab1 Provided by Partner
The ambiance is TO DIE FOR! I LOVE LOVE LOVE sitting outside under the heat lamp with a candle lit dinner with a hot date (or family) ordering Pad ... more

Poor Services Too Bad 9/4/2009

We just got back from ""SONG""...( we usually eat at and have enjoyed Saladang in the past ). the food was good.. BUT.. the service was C-. Their attidute was not one that we would expect from a Thai resturant of this caliber. Indifferent ... Slow... at the end of the evening we were ""ignored""... Too Bad.. we have a lot more places to choose from in Pasadena.. We will NOT be back. Pros: Food Cons: Services more

This place ROCKS 8/20/2009

Daphne Provided by Partner
My mother and I went here once for dinner while I was in town. The food was amazing, the service was great and I love the outdoor dining! It has a ... more

The best Thai I have ever eaten! 3/4/2009

I lived in Pasadena for 10 years before I moved and I have yet to find better food than Saladang. Saladang is the most consistent restaurant I have ever eaten at. The service was always awesome. And the food was always good. When I come back it will be on my things to do in LA list. I miss you Saladang!!!! Pros: Too many to list. Cons: Parking only issue. more

this place rocks!!!!!!!! 2/19/2009

Saladang song is,i would have to say,the best resturant I have ever been to. The service is absolutely wonderful and the food is just exquisite! I would definitly recommend this resturant!\r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r more

Saladang...great Thai, perhaps the best but terrible service staff 1/1/2009

Hands down, this is the best Thai food around Los Angeles. The appetizer of calamari is out of this world! Just ask for extra sauce. Do not expect wait staff to be warm and fuzzy, they are as cold as the cement floor of this place! Do not go to Song...sister restaurant next door. It has a much better ambiance, but the food is just not as great! \r \r Happy Eating...I tell no lies. Pros: the best Thai food in Los Angeles Cons: cold, robotic wait staff and owner more

Pad Thai that is saucy and delicious! 11/19/2008

Great place, nice ambiance, and of course one of the best pad thai I have ever had! It was thick on with delicious sauce! Pros: Pad Thai that is saucy and delicious! more

My experience was terrible food, even worse service, and absolutely the worst attitude I've seen from servers in ages 9/3/2008

My co-workers and I go to lunch once each month and this month it Saladang. We had been anxiously waiting for a few weeks since Thai hadn't been our choice for a long time. I was assured it was ""the best"" around. I guess ""delicious is on the palate of the beholder"". My Tom Yung Goon (sp) was absolutely the worst I have ever tasted. There was no zip to it, no spice and no flavor. The stuffed chicken wings were not bad, but when I asked for a bit of cucumber to go with it I was told it was $2.00. My companion asked for more peanut sauce for the satay - $2.00, a bit more dressing for the salad - $2.00. One of my co-workers waited for 10 minutes before being served his lunch - 10 of us were eating and he had nothing. No explanation, no apology and lots of attitude. When the check was delivered I asked for a menu to take along so I could have each of us chip in for their meal, I was practically brow beaten by the management - and the final answer was NO. Ambiance: so loud it was like being in an airplane and we were packed into a table with no clearance for wait staff and were constantlly being banged into the entire meal. The good points: A nice lazy susan for sharing, but who would want to!! A few of my friends have ""Thai Tuesday"" every week and we try different places - SALADANG will never be on the list. Suffice it to say, I'll never return, but others rave. Must be ""taste"" challenged. Pros: Lazy Susan for sharing but who would want to. Cons: Everything but parking more

OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT! 8/23/2008

I'm amazed at one of the reviewers who wrote such a horrible and untruthful review of this restaurant. We go here at least once a week and the service is always fantastic. I've NEVER been upcharged for a meal--the prices are extremely reasonable. You do need to ask for water as they're conserving water for the environment (there are signs clearly posted) but they are NEVER rude and the manager is always amazingly attentive. We haven't had any issues so I'm not sure what it would be like if we needed something fixed, etc. but I figure about 50 trips a year (at least) without incident or complaint makes it pretty unlikely that anyone new will have a problem (unless you're unreasonable-I'm guessing??).\r \r We hardly ever try anything new because we have our ""favorites"" but love taking friends here so we can taste what they order and develop new ones! Great dishes are Kao Pad Ka Na (broccoli and cashew nut), Pad See Iew (rice noodles with broccoli and egg), yellow curry, spicy beef salad, rice cups with tofu (appetizers) and the apple salad (unusual but fantastic!). And great Thai iced tea.\r \r The outside dining area with huge iron walls makes it a beautiful place for an evening meal, too! Pros: Great price, good service, fantastic environment Cons: None we can think of! more

Excellent dining experience. I drive 35 miles each way to go to it, and every one I take loves it & Saladang. 7/31/2008

Each time I dine at Saladang Song or Saladang, I am amazed at how flavorful the dishes are and how creative the chef is. I regularly go to both locations, often for birthday celebrations. I went last week to Saladang Song and my friend and I shared a wonderful deep fried sea bass with a savory chile sauce, a sweet, sour & tangy Granny Smith apple salad, and a pink noodle dish that was to die for. We ate so heartily that there was no room left for dessert -- and it was her birthday. I am taking another girlfriend there tonight for her birthday celebration. She can hardly wait to go there again and it was the choice she uttered as soon as I asked her out to celebrate. I have never had anything to eat there that wasn't excellent. Certainly I like some dishes better than others, but that's normal. As far as the pricing goes, I am not a wealthy person, and this is a place I can afford to take a friend for a birthday dinner. Last week, including my friend's ice tea and our rice, in addition to the food mentioned above, our total including tax and tip was in the low $50s -- and I gave a 20% tip. I have never had any problem getting service there or having my water refilled--in fact, last week I had to stop the server from refilling my glass for the fourth time as I couldn't drink any more and am not a wasteful person. Saladang Song and Saladang are my favorite Thai restaurants. I highly recommend them both and will continue driving to them as long as I live in Southern California. Pros: excellent food that is very flavorful without being too hot Cons: the distance from where I live, but worth the drive more

It's hard for me to even give this place one star, but it gives me no other option this is the lowest rating possible 7/24/2008

I can not explain the horrible service I received at Saladang. How this place has 5 stars I will never know. Their service was distasteful, rude, and insulting. They do not state the prices up front, be careful for upgrades. They commonly will ask you if you'd like either chicken/meat/vegetables/combination dishes without telling you that there is an upgrade price when they are all bracketed together. A simple dish of curry/rice/or pad thai will jump from the price of 7.50 to 39.50. You must be careful, they will not fix their errors. They will not let you speak to a manager. They will insult you. Their food was awful. When you ask them to fix your food and correct your order if you ordered it spicy, they will go and make it unbearably spicy just to mock you. I have never been treated so poorly in all my life, my friends have never been treated so poorly in all their lives, do NOT be their next victim. DO NOT dine here. I also found hair in my food. They don't let you even talk to a manger. Save your money, your time, your spirit, your heart, and your wallet. Do not contribute to a place that does not care about customer service. One member started to choke from spicyness of the food and asked for water, instead of bringing water, the water person loitered around for many minutes talking to various people instead of bringing water. Do not dine here ever! It's awful!! Pros: There are none/ Do not go here ever it was awful! Cons: Rude service/ high prices/ gross food/ bad atmosphere/ awful dining experience more

It is difficult for me to give this place even one star 7/24/2008

I can not explain the horrible service I received at Saladang. How this place has 5 stars I will never know. Their service was distasteful, rude, and insulting. They do not state the prices up front, be careful for upgrades. They commonly will ask you if you'd like either chicken/meat/vegetables/combination dishes without telling you that there is an upgrade price when they are all bracketed together. A simple dish of curry/rice/or pad thai will jump from the price of 7.50 to 39.50. You must be careful, they will not fix their errors. They will not let you speak to a manager. They will insult you. Their food was awful. When you ask them to fix your food and correct your order if you ordered it spicy, they will go and make it unbearably spicy just to mock you. I have never been treated so poorly in all my life, my friends have never been treated so poorly in all their lives, do NOT be their next victim. DO NOT dine here. I also found hair in my food. They don't let you even talk to a manger. Save your money, your time, your spirit, your heart, and your wallet. Do not contribute to a place that does not care about customer service. One member started to choke from spicyness of the food and asked for water and the water person loitered around and talked to another customer and brought the water 6 minutes later. It was awful, do not go here, ever! Pros: There are none Cons: They overcharge you/They are rude/ Poor customer service/Awful food more

When Mediocre Restaurants Become Lousy 6/23/2008

This was never a great restaurant and now it has become lousy. Lousy service & mediocre food. Definitely overpriced. The waitresses were rude, looked at me if I was crazy when I asked for chopsticks and more water. At the end of the meal, after waiting 15 minutes, I asked where our leftovers were. There was confusion & finally 5 minutes later, they brought a bag over. I decided to check & sure enough, it wasn't our food. We brought it to the front and complained. There was more confusion and they had no idea what the hell they were doing. After 10 more minutes of waiting around we decided to leave and never go back. Saladang didn't even offer to make it up to us. more

Great experience 6/8/2008

I went there Saturday afternoon after my sisters graduation. We had a party of 20 and the service was the best. The Steamed Salmon in Curry was to die for, and the atmoshphere was perfect. I', having all my business meetings there from now on. Pros: Food, Ambience, Service, great parking, overall 5 stars more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Sister to neighboring Saladang, this second (song) restaurant aspires to be even more authentic. Behind monumental courtyard walls, two palms tower over a sleek indoor/outdoor...

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  • Hours:

    Daily 10am-945pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

    South Pasadena, East LA, South Arroyo
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