Overlooked Asian Restaurants

Overlooked Asian Restaurants

When you have a seat by candlelight on the outside patio you should prepare to be whisked away by the most extraordinary Thai cuisine this side of the Beltway. A family owned and operated establishment, Cattleya offers diners an exquisite experience. Once a small operation in D.C., Ulanee Methasate decided to move her business to Virginia four months ago, and what a wonderful decision.

Although appetizers at most Asian restaurants are typically overlooked, with the exception of a spring roll or soup, the appetizers at Cattleya are not to be missed. For starters, the Satay, often drenched in a dull, Skippyesque peanut sauce at other restaurants, is served with sauce on the side mixed with a bit of curry and also comes with a small dish of sweet and sour. The sweet and sour is not too thick or sweet and a garnish of fresh cucumber heightens the fabulous taste.

It is now my duty to urge patrons to order the Moo Yang, a grilled, marinated pork appetizer that is truly mouth watering. The pork is chargrilled for added flavor and arrives tender and sumptuous on the plate. Both are alive with the rich flavoring that one experiences with a home grill.

Cattleya does more than justice to curry lovers everywhere. Upon the server’s request, the Punang Nua, sliced beef in Punang nua, sliced beef in punang curry paste with coconut milk, arrives at the table with a side of rice. One will not find himself through an excess of sauce to find a shred of beef at Cattleya. The beef is tender and plentiful, as if the accompaniment of broccoli that it is served with. Another entree that is highly recommended is the Ka Pow, a choice of meat stirred with garlic and chili sauce. The dish is furnished with fresh green and red pepper as well as a nice compliment of fresh basil. Both ingredients infuse this dish that is reminiscent of Italian cooking, but the extra spice from the chili brings one right back to Thailand.

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Chicago Thai Clientele

Chicago Thai Clientele

We have received many favorable reviews and awards. Our clientele is as varied as the city of Chicago itself and includes many professional and business people for lunch and dinner, as well as an occasional celebrity or politicians. Since we are close to many of the city’s tourist attractions we also attract customers from other parts of the United States and occasional foreign guests who have never before experienced Thai cuisine.

We serve traditional Thai food and the menu is divided among appetizers (such as chicken satay and mee-krob), soups (including tom yum), traditional entrees (curries and Thai-spiced rice dishes), house specialities (Star chicken delight and green curry beef) and noodle dishes (pad Thai and pad see eiw).We also have a full service bar which features imported Thai beers and ales.One of our popular specialities is Thai iced coffee deluxe.We also serve coconut and red bean ice cream as dessert specials.

Our future plans are to continue to serve the best Thai food in Chicago at reasonable prices in a warm and friendly environment. We have made many friends among our customers throughout the past twelve years and our goal is to make sure each and every customer comes back to visit us again.

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Nimit’s Wishes

Nimit’s Wishes

The exterior of the restaurant is also decorated with teak carving, especially the front doorway which is covered by an elaborate carved teak roof. The entry area is dominated by a huge carved teak cashier counter beside which is a waiting area composed of a group of upholstered carved teak armchairs and a sofa grouped around a coffee table. Throughout the front of the restaurant several wooden display cases showcase a variety of exquisite art objects ranging from delicate tea sets to two large ceramic angels imported from Thailand. It is Nimit’s wish that her guests experience a lush Thai decor while they relish the authentic Thai cuisine that her restaurants offer.

The cooks at Bangkok Thai Cuisine are Thai, and the servers are Asian men and women clothed in traditional Thai attire. The menu features seventy-three items ranging from such traditional appetizers as fried wontons and spring rolls to a variety of soups and salads, fried rice, six kinds of curry, and traditional a la carte dishes such as Broccoli Oyster Sauce and Sweet and Sour with chicken, beef, or pork. The close proximity of the Gulf of Mexico allows Nimit to offer thirteen seafood entrees in addition to five noodle dishes which allow a choice of chicken or shrimp. In addition, Bangkok Thai Cuisine offers seven vegetarian entrees and a group of special entrees, such as Special Panang Curry with chicken or shrimp and Mee Krob Laad Nah with chicken.

In the interest of following the guidelines of the American Heart Association, which recommends a diet low in sodium and cholesterol, Bangkok Thai Cuisine uses no animal fats and no MSG and allows guests to substitute brown rice for the traditional jasmine rice. This approach to healthy eating coupled with the tangy blend of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavors used to enhance the taste of the best and freshest foods makes Bangkok Thai Cuisine an adventure in fine dining. It is no wonder that the restaurant has been named the Best Ethnic Restaurant in Mobile for five years in a row.

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