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Aqua Bistro opens branch in Center City

It's a mainly takeout spot for Malaysian and Thai food at 15th and Sansom Streets.

Jimmy Tran, whose Aqua dispenses Thai and Malaysian eats from 705 Chestnut St., has opened Aqua Asian Bistro, an offshoot, at 120 S. 15th St. (215-567-1818).

He took over the spot beside the parking garage at 15th and Sansom Streets that previously housed Shank's, Enzo's and GT Deli.

It's mainly takeout; seating is on stools along the wall.

Menu is somewhat smaller than Chestnut Street's, but hits the high points (pad Thai, chow kueh teow, sizzling chicken, masak chicken, Thai salads).

You ought to get the peanut pancake for dessert - a roti-like pancake filled with ground peanuts and topped with chocolate syrup.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday.