Friday, March 13, 2009

First Dinner in Mountain View, CA

Mango Chicken.

When AJ asked Jenny what kind of cuisine she wanted to eat for dinner, she made the right decision when she said "Asian". Mountain View has a ton of options when it comes to Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, and Korean. We decided to stroll down Castro St and just pick a restaurant that looked good. This sort of method inevitably leads to either a great meal or a mediocre one.

While we passed many Thai restaurants, some looked quite barren. We finally stumbled upon one that looked quite crowded, usually a good sign. We were seated quite quickly, but then left with our menus for awhile.

Amarin Thai has some neat seating options, with cushion seating available on the floor or the traditional dining table with chairs. We were seated at a table that was smacked up against the large table next to us. Jenny and Malia could barely move their seats.

Scallops with stir fried veggies, and mango chicken.

After perusing the menu, our orders were taken. The food came out fairly quickly after that. Amarin Thai offers both brown rice and steamed white rice with dinner entrees, something I love. Sometimes I am just in the mood for some nutty brown rice. AJ and I split the green with tofu and the ka-ree pumpkin. Malia ordered the grilled scallops and Jenny got the mango chicken.

While the service may have been lacking a little, the food more than made up for it. I was in love with my ka-ree pumpkin, a thick curry with peppers, pan-fried tofu, celery, onion, pumpkin, carrots, and lots of cumin. AJ's green curry was very well done, with some nice heat, with a light coconut broth.

Green curry with tofu, eggplant, peas, peppers, and thai basil.

Jenny and Malia's dishes were beautifully presented and were extremely fresh. Sometimes, thai food can be oily and heavy. The food here is prepared with a light hand, with emphasis on the quality and flavor of the ingredients. I will definitely be back.

174-176 Castro St
Mountain View, CA

2.5 out of 3 JAMs

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