By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
I was in Celebration, Florida, the other day for pleasure (yay, non-work!) and joined my wife and a couple of good friends for an outside lunch at Thai Thani. I have been to Thai Thani with clients before, but never with friends. It was nice to have a relaxing non-work-related lunch.
I ordered the Combination Appetizer for the table and also ordered the Red Coconut Curry with chicken for my entree. One important thing I learned on previous lunches it to order the Pepper Plate. The pepper plate comes with various peppers, including Thai peppers, and is a must-have if you like spicy food.
Even though I order my food as hot as it can go on the menu, it barely registers anything on the heat scale for me. But, the pepper plate fixes this as it arms you with everything you need to have a spicy meal.
My wife ordered the Tom Ka Gai soup which is based on “prepared with chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, galangal, lemon grass and lime.” It was very tasty and is the best Tom Ka Gai soup I have had since I used to travel to Phoenix, Arizona all the time (and ate at a place called Malees.) It is deep in flavor, with the right amount of coconut, and the lemon grass really sets everything apart. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The appetizer comes with skewered chicken, a peanut sauce for the chicken, spring rolls, and Krag Rangoons which are “crispy pastry filled with scallion, and a perfect blend of cream cheese and imitation crab meat.” The chicken was a little tough but the peanut sauce off-set this with great flavor. I enjoyed everything.
The Red Coconut Curry is filled to the brim with fresh vegetables, chicken, rice, and a luscious coconut sauce. It is described as “chicken, Beef or Pork cooked in coconut milk with string beans, egg plants, basil leaves, bell peppers, peas and bamboo shoots.” It is a heavy dish but oh so flavorful. I can’t wait to have it again.
I really like the food at Thai Thani, and although the service can be a bit on the slow side, I enjoy the atmosphere and am ready to go back. Highly recommended.