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Mon-Sun: 11am - 9pm
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Top Reviews of Rising Sons Deli
03/27/2011 - Ba
Just wish they were open earlier on Sundays because that's when I'm hungry
10/31/2010 - Casey Voigt
This place has amazing food. The atmosphere is upbeat. Imagine a 50's dinerish meets Asian kitsch. Really cool. The food is the best part. It's mostly Thai with a little Vietnamese in the mix. Pad Thai, Thai curry dishes (which in my opinion blow indian curry away) mostly coconut curries, Thai salads, pho soup, stir fry. The one thing that gives Rising Sons that edge and keeps me coming back is an appetizer called sticky rice. It's nothing more than what it says, a pile of sticky rice in a bamboo steamer that you roll into a ball and dip in the sauce of your meal, soy sauce, or whatever sauce you like. It's nothing special but it's that tiny gem of authenticity that gives major points to Rising Sons. Everything I have eaten here is delicious. This is a must try if you like Thai.
One negative is the papaya salad can be a bit fishy and that may be true for other salads. I believe fish sauce is part of the dressing.
09/16/2010 - confusedme
Taste was standard Asian. Don't get me wrong, I'm Asian but I think the food is just ok.
My main concern is that :
1. It doesn't say in the menu that party larger than x people is automatically charged on gratuity on the bill. (Actually I just learn yesterday night that this is important legally).
2. Upon getting the bill, 15% gratuity is automatically charged, which amount is fine. I don't mind paying for 15-20% gratuity depending on the service.
3. The sales price is not shown (also, I just learned yesterday that this is important) so to check we had to calculate ourselves (sum all the food prices), however we found out that the 5.5% tax charged was based on (food prices + 15% gratuity).
There were 9 of us (amount on the bill is sizeable enough), so we were alarmed there was discrepancy between what the figure at the bottom of the bill (including sales tax calculated above) and what we pay total (though each of us already put in the right amount of money).
Tried to look the legal basis of this however couldn't find any. We ended up paying what's shown on the bill but not sure if that was indeed the right way.
06/06/2010 - Arlen
Attended UW-Madison for 3 years when I earned my undergrad degree, at here probably once a week for the entire span.
1. No credit cards
2. It's a very informal place and somewhat disorganized place, don't walk in with high scenery expectations.
3. It's Wisconsin, sometimes the weather follows you in.
4. Food takes awhile, it's not a professional setting.
All those points amount to what it is, a terrific, if quirky, ethnic food place on a college campus
I stuck to the Pad See Ew with any kind of meat, Tofu pad thai and Thom Kem. I'm not a thai food veteran so I can't tell you how it compares to elsewhere, but I absolutely loved the food.
05/14/2010 - Jennifer
I don't know what happened to the papaya salad that everyone below is complaining about. Mine was out-of-this-world delicious. Perfect amount of spice and not too heavy on the fish sauce. Server was very polite, helpful and eager to share menu suggestions. Seating was a bit uncomfortable to be sure! But otherwise no complaints!
We were shopping in Madison Sat. and decide on Thai and was always meaning to try Rising Son..well..
We ordered appetizer plate to start, blah, spring roll was good..rest was not worth it..had papaya salad, had to say it was good, but of course by the time we got these to our table we were starving..took so long..My son had beef Laab, it was just ok,and husband got Pho, it was awful but I did tell him not to get it...ok so I swear we were waiting so long for my dish and my daughters I was getting pretty annoyed..
We got our dishes when my husband and son were done with there food, very angry by then, and it wasn't even worth the wait..portions were so small. Oh by the way had Pad Krapow and Pad See-ew me and my daughter, was so disappointment..
They are nice people working there, think they need more, every time we needed something, my husband had to go to counter every time..and finally I said let's get out of here...
$49 later, not worth it for what u get...
Think they need to work on this...
01/29/2010 - John lovan
Service was bad, very cold and felt like we were sitting out side... Papaya salad was not that good, the chlli flake they used really made the salad bitter and we could not continue eating it. The pho took really long to get to the table and yet was disappointing, under cooked noodles and not even hot. Not the best Thai food restaurant in Madison.
The service is slow, they often don't answer their phone, but their Drunken Noodles are AMAZING!
I've eaten here 3 times. The food the first time was out-of-this-world excellent. The second and third times, not as good as the first, but still very good. The service wasn't great one of the times, but the last time it was excellent. The restaurant is very cold in the winter.
For the most part, it is inconsistent.
They don't believe in customer service, as ithey do not accept credit or debit cards.
Upon arriving at the jazz-bar-turned-Thai-restaurant we found no hostess or direction of any kind to indicate where to sit. We finally encountered a waitress that directed us to a drafty inconveniently shaped table. The waitress was nice enough but obviously lost our order ticket for the bowl of Pho, Red Curry, and crunchy Green Papaya Salad. We sat shivering on tall bar chairs for nearly 1.5 hours before our order was delivered (one dish at a time). The salad was viciously inedible and gave off a smell most remnant of unwashed feet. The amount of red chili flake was like an awful defense mechanism punishing you for each attempt at tasting the dish, and rightly so. My Pho was luke-warm with borderline undercooked hunks of insipid meats with uninteresting white noodles and mushy bean sprouts. The broth had no body or discernable flavor of any kind. The waitress dropped my chopsticks promising to return with a replacement (no dice). My taste of the red curry revealed it to be diluted and with completely inadequate seasoning. Atop it floated dried mushroom slices which had not been re-hydrated. The rice was fine. The decor ranged from Christmas lights which were not lit to a "The Rat Pack" poster to various Thai trinkets and statues. Our table was shaped like a mutant kidney and had a saxophone swirling out colorful clouds. The price would have been very respectable had we gained anything of value.
Amazing Pad Thai and crab rangoons. Service is pretty good. CASH ONLY
Drunken Noodles and coconut chicken soup are awesome.
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