Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro - Atlanta

After a long day of volunteering with the Starlight Foundation at Turner Field, I met up with my sister for a late dinner at Tamarind Seed. For those unaware, Tamarind Seed is the bistro companion to the more upscale Nan. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed my meal at Nan, but I had high hopes for Tamarind Seed.

As soon as you walk up to Tamarind Seed, you can’t help but notice the extremely colorful tuk-tuk they have parked up front.

But I was there for Thai food and after some recommendations from our extremely polite waitress, we had our order sent to the kitchen.

The first thing our ever bowing waitress brought to the table was an order of Thai steamed dumplings or ka-nom-jeeb

Stuffed with minced pork, shrimp, and water chestnuts, these seemed to be your classic Asian dumplings. The first bite revealed an extremely meaty dumpling that was beautifully complimented by the sweet soy dipping sauce. The only thing that bothered me was that I couldn’t taste any of the water chestnuts or even detect their delightful crunch.

In addition to the steamed dumplings, we ordered the stuffed shrimp.

There's not much to this little dish, essentially shrimp wrapped in a thin dough and fried to a crisp, but they are delicious.

After our two appetizers were bussed away, our entrees came just a few seconds later.

I had ordered the grouper filet, and there was a very good reason behind that. The menu at Tamarind Seed rated the heat of their dishes on a 1-4 chili pepper system. Unfortunately there wasn't a 4 chili item anywhere on the menu. When I asked our waitress, she recommended the grouper as the best spicy dish. Bathed in a green curry sauce, this grouper had a nice lingering heat, but nothing too overpowering. A nice feature of the this dish is that the grouper absorbs all of the curry sauce and each bite is inundated with curry flavor. I soon found that both the fish and the curry went excellent over rice, and quickly emptied the communal rice bowl.

With my plate empty of fish, curry and rice, the ever attentive staff had our table emptied in seconds. Noticing that we were the last ones in the restaurant and the staff was busy cleaning, we hastily made our exit. Overall, Tamarind Seed was an amicable dinner, but I always leave a Thai restaurant having wanted more heat in my dishes, and Tamarind Seed was no exception.

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