Nestled away in a shopping center that has a throwback non supersized HEB grocery store, is an Asian fusion restaurant that really brings the goods called Pacific Moon. A stay at home mom started this restaurant 10 years ago as her children left the house to go to college; she coped with the empty nest syndrome and lack of teenagers coming over to eat by opening up shop.
Although the family is of Korean descent, the menu boasts an eclectic assortment of Asian fusion fare. I even spotted loco moco on the menu which contrary to thought has nothing to do with being Spanish for crazy, but rather an offering that is commonly found in Hawai’i that is composed of a bowl of rice, hamburger patty on top with brown gravy, and a fried egg.
For a drink, be sure to get the tea as it is infused with ginger that gives it a nice finish. If you are looking for something a little more stout, they do have a full bar with some liquor that is not offered everywhere (I saw some Partida tequila from the distance) and happy hour specials throughout the week.
I ordered the Honey Walnut Shrimp which came with brown rice and a side salad. The shrimp was in a light batter, and the sweet went nice with the sesame/soy/ginger sauce that was available to dip it in. The salad was made of fresh romaine lettuce with a little bit of spinach that had a nice crisp to it. The dressing was really light and had a ginger taste with a little bit of a bite to it.
The staff was incredibly friendly, and I got to talk a lot with the lady who started the restaurant and her daughter. The owner told me to come back on Wednesday nights as she makes several pots of soup and gives it out for free with each entree ordered. She was an incredibly friendly person, and with her personality I can see why the food tastes so good!
Value: 8/10 (there were some reasonably priced meals at $10-12, but some of the others can get in the $25 range pretty quick; Wednesday is complimentary soup night)
Atmosphere: 7/10 (I like how the inside felt, however, I thought that the TV above the bar was a little loud (granted, we did dine at an off time and this might not be the case))
Service: 10/10 (always great to meet the owner of the restaurant and to understand the passion that comes with the food)
Taste: 10/10 (the food was a real delight to eat)
Please note that the restaurant moved from its 1604/281 location is now currently located off of Brookhollow/281 regardless if Google Maps states “Place closed”.