Chopstix replaces Lemon Leaf Thai in Carle Place

This is the Thai mango chicken at Chopstix This is the Thai mango chicken at Chopstix in Carle Place. (Oct., 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick

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Chopstix Asian Fusion & Bar has taken up residence in the former Carle Place digs of Lemon Leaf Thai. Situated in a strip mall full of restaurants — LL Dent, Red Lobster and Passione — the place offers a cuisine the others don’t.

It’s an attractive place, done in neutral tones of black and beige, with comfortable upholstered chairs and dramatic lighting. The night I stopped in, the place was hopping, the crew a bit harried; turns out they were down two servers.

Perhaps the kitchen was stressed, too. The wontons in my soup ($2) had good flavor and thin skins but were overcooked and mushy, the broth hyper-salty. Thai mango chicken ($12), a brilliant orange, might have been better had the mangos not been reduced to the consistency of applesauce. And while I liked the mixed vegetables with garlic sauce ($9), I had been hoping for at least some bok choy in a dish that included broccoli, red peppers, onions and mushrooms.

Chopstix is at 227 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-747-8880.

Above: Thai mango chicken at Chopstix

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