Bamboo Blue Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 18147 Harwood Ave

    Homewood, IL 60430

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  • 708-799-4700

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Just the facts: I am a serious, time-sensitive eater. On a slow Friday evening, my family and I arrived at "Bamboo Boo" at 7:50pm, were seated promptly and placed our order approximately 10 minutes later. However, 30 minutes had elapsed without any server coming by. At that point, I signaled a bus boy and asked if we could have our appetizers since I had noticed our waiter was doubling up as a bartender and doing a splendid job of adorning martinis with paper umbrellas. We only witnessed him laconically saunter by our table once during the 40 minutes we were there. Minutes later, my family and I walked directly out the door in full view of the overly conversant waiter, and he failed to notice any of us. I wish I had the opportunity to comment on the food as I was looking forward to it, however, the only thing I learned at "Bamboo Boo" is to use the ample parking as it is close proximity to Aurelio's.

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★☆☆☆☆

Just the facts: I am a serious, time-sensitive eater. On a slow Friday evening, my family and I arrived at "Bamboo Boo" at 7:50pm, were seated promptly and placed our order approximately 10 minutes later. However, 30 minutes had elapsed without any server coming by. At that point, I signaled a bus boy and asked if we could have our appetizers since I had noticed our waiter was doubling up as a bartender and doing a splendid job of adorning martinis with paper umbrellas. We only witnessed him laconically saunter by our table once during the 40 minutes we were there. Minutes later, my family and I walked directly out the door in full view of the overly conversant waiter, and he failed to notice any of us. I wish I had the opportunity to comment on the food as I was looking forward to it, however, the only thing I learned at "Bamboo Boo" is to use the ample parking as it is close proximity to Aurelio's.

Pros: Ample Parking

Cons: Disappointingly many

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Bamboo Blue has been a success for years now, so obviously, its fans find something to rave about. Yet, the food is not authentically Asian and the service can be a little unknowledgable. It's nice that Homewood has something like this available but if you hail from a large city, with plenty of authentic Thai to choose from, you will likely be disappointed.

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★★★☆☆

Bamboo Blue has been a success for years now, so obviously, its fans find something to rave about. Yet, the food is not authentically Asian and the service can be a little unknowledgable. It's nice that Homewood has something like this available but if you hail from a large city, with plenty of authentic Thai to choose from, you will likely be disappointed.

Pros: It's a cute space

Cons: Price, authenticity, service

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We tried to check out Bamboo Blue one night, but ended up leaving because we couldn't get anyone's attention for service. Pretty trendy for the southwest suburbs.

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★★☆☆☆

We tried to check out Bamboo Blue one night, but ended up leaving because we couldn't get anyone's attention for service. Pretty trendy for the southwest suburbs.

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When I walked into the door of the upscale and freindly Bambooblue, I felt nothing but wormth and sincerity as i was greeted at the door. The hostess took my husband and me to our cozy booth, and we took one look at the menu, and knew exactly what we wanted. EVERYTHING! Bambooblue nailed the exact concept they were trying to break through to the narrow minded suburbian folk. Their concept of a fun downtown-like restaurant was needed in the suburbs. With gas so high, it is nice that we dont have to drive all the way downtown to get the same satisfaction of going out to a nice place to eat. The food is to die for. Everythything from their Asian quesadillas to their teryaki salmon is mouthwatering. Their sushi is just as good. I believe they changed their rice from last year, and it makes the sushi ten times better then it already was. They didnt only have things for me. My Husband was delighted to find a Kobe Beef Burger flying past him as we walked in. They also had a filet that I personally have not tried but it looked delicious. Their bar is wonderful. The person making the drinks is just as nice as tasting the high class martini going down your throat.I would bring a group of my girlfreinds here ion a heartbeat. I would recomend anyone to this restauraunt.

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★★★★★

When I walked into the door of the upscale and freindly Bambooblue, I felt nothing but wormth and sincerity as i was greeted at the door. The hostess took my husband and me to our cozy booth, and we took one look at the menu, and knew exactly what we wanted. EVERYTHING! Bambooblue nailed the exact concept they were trying to break through to the narrow minded suburbian folk. Their concept of a fun downtown-like restaurant was needed in the suburbs. With gas so high, it is nice that we dont have to drive all the way downtown to get the same satisfaction of going out to a nice place to eat. The food is to die for. Everythything from their Asian quesadillas to their teryaki salmon is mouthwatering. Their sushi is just as good. I believe they changed their rice from last year, and it makes the sushi ten times better then it already was. They didnt only have things for me. My Husband was delighted to find a Kobe Beef Burger flying past him as we walked in. They also had a filet that I personally have not tried but it looked delicious. Their bar is wonderful. The person making the drinks is just as nice as tasting the high class martini going down your throat.I would bring a group of my girlfreinds here ion a heartbeat. I would recomend anyone to this restauraunt.

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First glance: beautiful, contemporary & clean space w/wonderful music/sound system. Original & different drink/martini list was a way cool treat and intrigued us for the menu/food to come.

Which is where Bamboo Blue falters a step or two. It seems to be trying to find it's soul, and offers too much variety, which leads to inconsistancy in the dining experience.

Sushi. Corn chowder. Pomme Frites. Indian influences. Japanese Kobe beef. Korean dishes. Noodle bowls. Crab legs. Vietnamese dishes.

Too much on the menu makes it more likely that the kitchen will be stressed and present underwhelming dishes, and that's exactly the case at Bamboo Blue. They need to pare down the menu and focus on what's left. It has the bones to be exceptional and a unique choice in the south suburbs.

Restaurant has been less than half full when we've visted, and were immediately seated without reservations on weeknights. Service, whether always the case or due to lack of filled tables, was amazing and personable. Our waiter (who was also the bartender, I think) even coerced us into dessert one evening, and it was the high point of our dining experience that night.

I'd recommend Bamboo Blue if you're wanting something other than steak, seafood, pasta and like Asian influenced dishes. I would like to see them tighten up the ship as far as the menu is concerned; it could only be better.

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★★★☆☆

First glance: beautiful, contemporary & clean space w/wonderful music/sound system. Original & different drink/martini list was a way cool treat and intrigued us for the menu/food to come.

Which is where Bamboo Blue falters a step or two. It seems to be trying to find it's soul, and offers too much variety, which leads to inconsistancy in the dining experience.

Sushi. Corn chowder. Pomme Frites. Indian influences. Japanese Kobe beef. Korean dishes. Noodle bowls. Crab legs. Vietnamese dishes.

Too much on the menu makes it more likely that the kitchen will be stressed and present underwhelming dishes, and that's exactly the case at Bamboo Blue. They need to pare down the menu and focus on what's left. It has the bones to be exceptional and a unique choice in the south suburbs.

Restaurant has been less than half full when we've visted, and were immediately seated without reservations on weeknights. Service, whether always the case or due to lack of filled tables, was amazing and personable. Our waiter (who was also the bartender, I think) even coerced us into dessert one evening, and it was the high point of our dining experience that night.

I'd recommend Bamboo Blue if you're wanting something other than steak, seafood, pasta and like Asian influenced dishes. I would like to see them tighten up the ship as far as the menu is concerned; it could only be better.

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Bamboo Blue is a confused attempt at Asian fusion with a limited sense of customer service. Its menu tries to be too many things but falls short on all of them. Our experience there started off with a ?can I help you?? from the hostess; like we wandered into the stock room at Target. We ordered edamame as an appetizer; and although the portion size was huge they were all undercooked. My wife ordered the Pad Thai which was incredibly oily and had a haunting aftertaste of day old fish. I ordered Spicy Fun noodles (wide noodles with hot and green peppers and beef), which was also incredibly oily but it did not taste like fish; rather it tasted like spicy nothing. We barely ate our dishes and were honest with the waitress when she asked if we did not like the food. She did offer us a coupon for a free entree (valid Monday through Thursday ? limit $15), if we decided to come back. We threw the coupon away.

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★★☆☆☆

Bamboo Blue is a confused attempt at Asian fusion with a limited sense of customer service. Its menu tries to be too many things but falls short on all of them. Our experience there started off with a ?can I help you?? from the hostess; like we wandered into the stock room at Target. We ordered edamame as an appetizer; and although the portion size was huge they were all undercooked. My wife ordered the Pad Thai which was incredibly oily and had a haunting aftertaste of day old fish. I ordered Spicy Fun noodles (wide noodles with hot and green peppers and beef), which was also incredibly oily but it did not taste like fish; rather it tasted like spicy nothing. We barely ate our dishes and were honest with the waitress when she asked if we did not like the food. She did offer us a coupon for a free entree (valid Monday through Thursday ? limit $15), if we decided to come back. We threw the coupon away.

Pros: Nice patio

Cons: Food, service, etc.

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I tried this place when it first opened and wasn't impressed. I decided to give them a try again about a year later and it was so much better. Okay, so maybe their pop tastes a little weird but the Asian Nacho's...I could eat two plates of them for my meal. For some reason when you drive by it doesn't look open, maybe they should change that.

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★★★★☆

I tried this place when it first opened and wasn't impressed. I decided to give them a try again about a year later and it was so much better. Okay, so maybe their pop tastes a little weird but the Asian Nacho's...I could eat two plates of them for my meal. For some reason when you drive by it doesn't look open, maybe they should change that.

 

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