"Will you be opening the restaurant soon? I can see the napkins on the tables," I said to the owner of A Taste of Thai as I strolled with my twin babies toward the Milford Green. "Today, surely!" Last April I had met the owners, transplants from San Diego and veterans of the Thai restaurant business, as they were just beginning the process of clearing out the contents of what used to be Palermo Deli, beside Archie Moore's and Kristine's Papery in downtown Milford.
Luckily for me, I had already booked a babysitter for the afternoon, and as soon as she marched in the door, I skipped over to the restaurant where I proudly dined as one of Taste's first patrons. "Tea? On the house," the waiter bowed and set a carafe of golden liquid and bone white cup before me.
As I sat perusing the encyclopedic menu, I heard the couple sitting next to me confide: "The coconut soup is delicious!" Indeed, the steaming hot soup was an essay in silky richness, with tender slivers of chicken marinated in a chili lime sauce. A crisp fried spring roll perched beside the bowl was crisp and so hot, scintillating as I dipped it in the sweet sauce and bit through to its soft underbelly. When the green curry with shrimp arrived, I could smell its sweet freshness, the basil, the bamboo shoots, bell peppers and green beans simultaneously. It was so aromatic and wonderful, but I could only manage to eat about half of it, packing up the rest to eat later that day before my husband could discover and devour these sinful leftovers.
At $9.95 for the lunch special, I'm certain to show my face regularly at this new, understated little gem.
Taste of Thai
22 Broad St, Milford, CT