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Bamboo on 2nd

2212 2nd Ave. N. (22nd St. N.) Send to Phone
Bamboo on 2nd offers Asian-influenced dishes and sushi in downtown Birmingham.
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Bamboo on 2nd Restaurant Review

: The red-orange door sits beside a small, round window showing crossed metal chopsticks and the Japanese characters for the word “bamboo." Within, burlap draped from the ceiling is stenciled with Buddhist good fortune symbols. Excitement builds as the food begins to arrive --- crisp lumpia (Filipino egg rolls) and tender momos (Nepalese dumplings) in an Alabama tomato vinaigrette. Juicy lemongrass chicken skewers with honey Sriracha sauce. Ceviche-like tako salad tangles small chunks of octopus, cucumber, green onion, peanuts, mint and cilantro in sesame-ginger vinaigrette. Executive chef Abhi Sainju explains it brings together Thai and Japanese flavors with those of his native Nepal. His well-honed sushi skills show with a list of maki rolls. Popular Wham Bam Birmingham features tempura fried shrimp, avocado and cucumber, topped with seared salmon, wasabi aïoli and eel sauce. Ramen noodle bowls evoke blissful murmurs with rich broth, wheat noodles, carrot, bean sprouts, mushrooms and cilantro. Thukpa, a Tibetan noodle soup, is founded on a lighter chicken broth with rice noodles and various vegetables, and comes in a vegetarian version. Either may be topped with a choice of proteins or tofu. Bamboo has nicely selected wine, beer and saké lists. There are no desserts in house, but Rebecca Davis of Ono Ice is currently making her shaved ice creations there, and we highly recommend the mango-lime coconut.

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Horrible Experience at Bamboo on 2nd
by artyshots on Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:25 am
First off, we have eaten here before and the food was good, which is why we were back. This review is for our horrible experience last night, with a jerk of a waiter, which was so negative and annoying that we ended up leaving the restaurant without eating. When dine eat out, we are accepting and forgiving of small things things that fall into the “stuff happens” category as we are there to have a good time. Any one, maybe two, of the offenses by our waiter would normally be shrugged off, but when they were all put together, along with his condescending, snarky manner, it was too much. When we first sat down, he came over and, without saying a word, picked up my wife’s pocketbook and moved it from where she had it on the table in front of her to the bench beside me. She was outraged that anyone would touch her purse without permission, but didn’t say anything, just put it back so she had access to the reading glasses inside. When my wife, who is in recovery, asked for a Diet Coke, he cocked his head and raised his eyebrows at her as though she’d done something wrong and said, “What, no alcohol?” Really? How dare you condescendingly try to foist alcohol on anyone who has chosen not to drink. Next when he brought our drinks, my wife put hers by her right hand and, again without asking, he grabbed it and moved it all the way to the left side of the table and in a tone that sounded like he was scolding a messy child said, “I like to keep everything together on the left side of the table.” Again, we just looked at each other like WTF, shook our heads and she moved it back where she wanted it. Then it came time to order, and my wife, having studied their online menu before we came, knew exactly what she wanted, a beef sandwich which he informed her they no longer served. Ok, that happens, so she ordered a salad and started looking at the menu to choose an entrée. While she was doing that, I ordered a combination of items that included sushi. I asked him not to bring out my food while she was eating her salad, that we wanted all of our entrées together. He said, “I can’t do that.” Another WTF? So I asked why not. He said when he places the order for the sushi, it comes out more quickly than the rest of the food. So I said, “Then how about waiting to order the sushi until she’s finished with her salad, because I don’t want it till after.” He then forgot or blew off the fact that my wife was still looking for her main course and turned his back on me, flicked his wrist in the air in a dismissive manner, and, looking over his shoulder, said sarcastically, “I’ll try my best.” That was it. As soon as I could catch his eye, about 2 minutes after that, I motioned him over and asked how much I owed him for the Diet Coke because we were leaving. He said, “It’s too late, I’ve already put the order in.” Holy Crap! Are you trying to tell me after 2 minutes that you are going to try to force me to stay and eat or pay for a meal when I’ve said I don’t want to be here? I looked him directly in the eyes and said in an unmistakably firm tone, “I don’t care. Cancel it. I’ll pay for the drink, but we are leaving.” He went and conferred with someone and came back and said the drink was on them, and we left.
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