Very pleased with two meals at Amarit. Tried dinner and thought we'd check out the basics: Pad Thai with chicken and Mussamun Curry with chicken and shrimp. This rendition of Pad Thai was closer to the type I've enjoyed in LA, Chicago and Boston than others I've found locally. Not too sweet, not too gloppy, nice balance of sweet/sour/salt that I love in good Thai food. The Mussamun curry was just as delightful, with neither the coconut nor the curry flavors overpowering. Portions generous, extra rice upon request. Also enjoyed the steamed dumplings, with pork and shrimp as appetizer. Dinner entrees $8 to $16. Nice selection of beer and some acceptable wines available.
Was happy enough with dinner to return to try the lunch specials. Chose Pad Se-ew with chicken and Rad Na with beef. Specials included a perfectly crisp and greaseless spring roll with cabbage, pork and shrimp served with a sweet dipping sauce. Delicious. Also included was a small bowl of chicken soup full of chicken, rice and scallions. Very good. The Rad Na was tasty, but the only dish I'd probably not order again. It was effectively soup, as opposed to a stir fry of large rice noodles in a sauce. The beef was fairly tender and I wouldn't avoid dishes here based on beef, it was more a problem of the noodles being too hard to eat. The Pad Se-ew was very good, with ample chicken, barely cooked broccoli and carrots, noodles just right. The meal was completed by two small beignet type pastries drizzled with a white sugar glaze and crushed peanuts. All for $6.95 per person, and in my view, a bargain.
We requested "medium" when asked how spicy we'd like the food and it was quite spicy enough. In many Thai restaurants asking for medium spicy yields food that has barely any heat, and I have to remember to ask for hot. No so here.
Prompt and attentive service. Red and gold wallpaper, clean and new feel to decor, usual Thai music. What I especially like about this restaurant is that the tables are well spaced instead of jammed. Have since learned that the former manager of Bahn Thai and her brother opened Amarit. I prefer Amarit to Bahn Thai.
Amarit Thai Restaurant
The Shoppes of Boot Ranch
328 East Lake Rd., Palm Harbor, FL 34685