Reviewer: M. H. Perry

Restaurant:  Thai Tanium—Authentic Thai

Location:  657 Center Point Way, Kentlands

Phone:  301.990.3699

Hours:
 
Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.
               Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.
               Sat. 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
               Sun. 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m

Pattarapong Sebamonpimol and Suriyan Scorsat, co-owners of Thai Tanium Restaurant, clearly love of puns naming the restaurant in a variant spelling of the word titanium. Scorsat’s other Thai restaurant in D.C. is named  Thai Tanic. The cleverness of the names bode well for what one finds in the restaurants.

Linen napkins are used and the tables black laminate with gold decorations inlaid. There is a bar area with slate flooring as well as a general seating area with hardwood flooring.. While the establishment is somewhat dimly lit, it is comfortable and pleasant. The design is understated and graceful. Sebamonpimol’s wife, Sirinee Chiamvichitr, helps manage the restaurant, and his partner’s wife, Ruttana Scorsat,  who learned cooking from her mother and grandmother created the menu and runs the kitchen.

Those looking for somewhere different with a variety in the menu will find it here, and items are clearly marked which are *spicy or **very spicy.

The lunch menu includes:

¨        Panang Choice of meat simmered in savory curried peanut sauce, combined with coconut milk and sprinkled kaffir lime leaves

¨        Red Curry Choice of meat in Thai red curry paste, eggplants in coconut milk and basil leaves

¨        Green Curry Choice of meat in Thai green curry paste, eggplants in coconut milk and basil leaves

¨        Chicken Cashew Nut
Stir-fried chicken with cashew nut, onion and scallion in house special sauce

¨        Pad Thai Choice of meat stir-fried with thin noodles, egg, dry bean curd, onion, bean sprout, scallion and crushed peanut 

For dinner there are appetizers

¨        from Golden Triangle [$ 5.95] Deep fried tofu served with sweet chili sauce and crushed peanut

¨        toYum Talay **  [$ 9.95] Parade of fresh shrimp, scallops, mussels, and squids cooked on low heat to perfection tossed with spicy lime sauce and mixed vegetables

The entrees range from

¨        Panang * [10.95 to 13.95] Choice of meat simmered in savory curried peanut sauce, combined with coconut milk and sprinkled kaffir lime leaves

¨        to Shrimp & Asparagus [$14.95] Fresh shrimp with asparagus and chitaki mushroom sautéed with garlic and oyster sauce

¨        and Shrimp & Snow Pea [$14.95] Fresh shrimp with snow pea and chitaki mushroom sautéed with garlic and oyster sauce

¨        Soft Shell Crab ** [$16.95] fried soft shell crabs served with sautéed onion, green bell pepper, scallion in yellow curry sauce

A recent special of the day was Pla Pao [$19.95] grilled fresh whole fish stuffed with Thai herbs wrapped in banana leaves and served with signature hot chili and lime juice sauce on the side.

There are a variety of soups and salads, Noodles and Rice, Vegetarian, and Chef Special dishes in addition as well as an offering of traditional Thai desserts.

The food is authentic Thai, but those who don’t like to vary from typical American cooking can still find things that won’t seem foreign. That makes this a very good place to choose for a group or family with widely varying tastes (but check for peanut allergies).

MHP    
January 2009  

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