My wife and I had dinner last night at Amina Thai Restaurant. (5065 Nicholson Lane). This is the DC area's first Halal (Muslim) Thai resturant. Since they are observant, there is no pork or alcohol.
Dinner was in a word, delicious. This is a very small place (40 seats) but pretty with blue and yellow walls and photographs of Thailand on the wall. Blond tables and comfortable seating.
After a coupld of Thai coffees, we started with a Tom Kha Gai (soup made from coconut milk, galanga and lime base with chicken and mushrooms and hot sauce) I thought the $4.25 price tag was a little high until I saw the bowl, at least twice the size of what is normally served in the Thai restaurants I have been to. It was excellent.
Next came an appertizer, Yum Nua, grilled steak thinly sliced with red onions, cucumber and tomatoes in a spicy lime dressing served on shredded bok choi.
We followed that with an absolutely delicious entree of Spicy Eggplant, slices of baby eggplant stir-fried with hot chili, garlice and fresh basil. The eggplant had a smoky flavor that was sublime. While it could have been a little spicier for my taste, it was excellent.
As the centerpiece of the meal, we had Pla Lad Pik, crispy whole fried flounder with spicy fresh chili, basil and garlic sauce. Beautifully presented, cooked to perfection, and very flavorful. It was not so drenched in the sauce to make it soggy. It could be ordered in three sizes, we took the medium.
We finished with a couple of orders of mango with sticky rice. Again, very good and a large serving.
Service was exceptional. Always prompt, never intrusive, dishes were wisked away as soon as you were finished with them but never rushed. Water glasses were always full and everyone always was polite and smiling.
The whole meal, dinner, tax, and tip came to $70. If we hadn't ordered the fish it would have been less. I will definitely be back.