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Not the Same


I’d read that 5th Element Indian Cuisine had new owners and it was very apparent on our visit tonight.  One of the things I really liked about this restaurant was the service and friendliness of the owners.  Unfortunately, those attributes have not followed through with the new ownership.

We ordered the chicken makhani, chicken jalfrezi and some garlic naan.

The chicken makhani had a few too many inedible chicken parts, but otherwise the flavor was good.  Loren liked the chicken jalfrezi but kept dipping his naan bread into my makhani sauce.   Service was just poor in the restaurant tonight.  We waited a long time for the waiter to come take our order and then there just wasn’t any follow up afterward.  Total bill was $31.

5th Element Taste of India
3780 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL
(813) 475-5955

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Food3/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Indian, Oldsmar
  • Fresh & Tasty


    We finally rolled back into town around 8pm, so we stopped at Pacific Thai for a quick dinner.  We started off with some spring rolls.

    These were yummy.  They have a pork and veggie filling and were deep fried just perfectly.  Loren ordered the Nam Sod and I have to say it was one of the prettiest dishes I’ve seen in a while.

    He liked it.  It’s a rather light dish with spicy pork on top of a salad.  I went for some shrimp fried rice.

    It was good.  Really hit the spot after a long day of driving.  For $26, it was a fresh yummy meal and we were glad to be back home.

    Pacific Thai Cuisine
    4058 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-6633

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5
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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Thai
  • We ate lunch at Andy’s By the Bay today and both ended up ordering the same thing, a small roasted pork, rice & beans.

    I don’t know how anyone could eat a large bowl.  The pork is always super tender and the rice and beans are yummy.  Plus, the prices are really cheap.  Two orders and a drink ran us about $14.

    Andy’s on the Bay
    472 East Douglas
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-855-8166

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value5/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar
  • We ate dinner at Fratelli Italian Restaurant in Oldsmar tonight because we had a Restaurant.com coupon.  The restaurant was pretty busy.  We hadn’t been back in a while and unfortunately this time, we didn’t find the food to be as good as it had been in the past.

    Our waitress seemed a bit scattered.  She came to get our drink order, but forgot to leave us menus and had to come back to the table after we ordered to verify some things.

    We started off with the stuffed mushrooms.

    They had a sausage stuffing and were covered in mozzarella cheese.  They were rather dense and had no depth of flavor.  We’ve had stuffed mushrooms at other places where we fight over the last one, but that wasn’t the case here.

    Our entrees came with soup or salad, so Loren got the salad and I got a cup of the pasta fagioli.

    The pasta is always overcooked in their pasta fagioli.  It’s like mush.  The soup itself has some good flavors, but the texture isn’t quite right. The garlic bread was ok.

    Our entrees showed up before either of us had finished our soup and salad.  I hate it when a restaurant doesn’t get timing right.  Loren ordered the chicken francese for his entree.  It came with pasta and had a lemon wine sauce.

    This is where the lack of seasoning became very apparent.  You could taste lemon, but that was about it.  It desparately needed some salt and pepper.  It was a fairly big portion though and we ended up with leftovers of both our entrees.  I ordered the chicken marsala because I really liked it the last time I had it here.

    This was not the same recipe I had last time.  The sauce in this dish wasn’t thickened at all.  It was watery and lacked seasoning.  I was very disappointed as I remembered how tasty it was the last time.  We also got a piece of cheesecake to go.

    It was creamy, but really not anything to write home about.  The whole experience was just a bit disappointing.  Between lackluster service and under seasoned food, it just didn’t leave either of us with the desire to come back anytime soon.  Total bill after the $25 coupon and included tip was $24.

    Fratelli Italian Restaurant and Bar
    120 Commerce Blvd, Ste 1
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-854-1717

    Fratelli Italian Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5

    We actually wanted Thai food for dinner tonight, but the place we were headed was closed on Sundays, so we ended up at Chef Li for Chinese food instead.

    Loren got the kung po chicken and I got the sweet & sour shrimp.

    I think I’ll stick with the sweet and sour chicken instead of the shrimp.  There was just too much breading on the shrimp and some of them had a recently frozen taste.  Loren liked his dish though.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

    Chef Li
    4013 Tampa Rd, Ste 20
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-814-9988

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: Chinese, Oldsmar