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Sirayvah-San Carlos (long)


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Sirayvah-San Carlos (long)

Margret | | Dec 14, 2005 06:08 PM

I just came back from a lunch at this fabulous Thai restaurant. It is a place where you can feel that they try to cook from the heart and there is a pride in how they've decorated the interior. This was a Christmas luncheon organized by a non-hound type person so I had no expectations that this would be a food find. This restaurant is next to Crayola, the Louisiana food place in San Carlos. It appears totally unassuming but once inside, the restaurant is immaculate and has a zen/calm feeling to the ambiance.

We ordered:

Crispy Calamari (it is a tradition for this group)

Medium textured crumb batter enveloped delicately cut calamari (no tentacles). This dish was served w/ a sweet & sour light Thai sauce. Good. (B)

Lam Yang: grilled lemongrass marinated rack of lamb served w/ a portabella mushroom steak

There were three ribs over wonderfully grilled portabella mushrooms, which were sliced. The marinate was delicious and the tender ribs were cooked medium. I regretted I had to share! (A)

Panang Salmon: Pan seared Alaskan Wild King Salmon, asparagus, red coconut milk curry sauce

This dish was also fabulous in that the salmon was very flavorful and was cooked a tad under well done. So it was extremely moist and the delicious curry had a lot of depth w/o being too coconutty or salty. (A)

Pad Thai: Pan-fried rice noodle w/ jumbo wild prawns, green onions, ground peanuts, eggs and bean sprouts

This was a standard dish but it was not greasy like many sauté noodles can be. The rice noodles were cooked a tad too al dente than I’d like but then we didn’t have to deal with a gooey overcooked dish either. The wild prawns were very fresh tasting. (B)

Thai Pancake w/ Coconut ice cream

We asked our server for recommendations for dessert and we chose this over sweet rice w/ mango and fried banana because we were stuffed. This was a great choice. Basically, the Thai pancake is a thin chewy dough disk, cut pizza style and drizzled w/syrup. A scoop of coconut ice cream was served on top. The pancake was freshly made and I think it might have been deep fried. The coconut ice cream tasted store bought but still great w/ the pancake. (A)

All entrees for lunch comes with a tumbler of organic mixed grain rice and soup or salad. All three of us had the Kobacha Squash soup w/ coconut milk, which was thick and tasty.

I am not great with many adjectives to describe the dishes. Overall, I had such an enjoyable lunch that I had to share with you. Sirayvah may not be absolutely authentic in it's interpretation of all Thai dishes but it is the best Thai restaurant I've been to. I rarely crave Thai food but I will definitely come back to Sirayvah (the name of the owner’s daughter, we were told). The next time, we will order the Tamarind Prawns and the Meang Kum salad, which we saw other people having. They looked really good.

Oh, also order the tea service ($2). I ordered the white tea and it was served in this beautiful Thai tea set. Finally, they strive to be health concious so there are no farmed fish or shrimp here and the rice is whole grained. They can also substitute tofu and use veg broth for any dish and make it vegetarian.



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