New Thai Kitchen
01/07/2013 04:47AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
I have an issue with most Asian cuisine, as in I’m addicted.
If I haven’t gotten my fix in the past month or so, I’ll crave Thai food with an obsessiveness that I find rather scary.
So on a recent rainy and dismal Saturday evening, I stopped by Roseville’s New Thai Kitchen for a little pick-me-up. The restaurant, tucked away in the corner of Stone Point Retail Center – home to local foodie favorites Paul Martin’s American Bistro and Blue Nami – is unimposing. The walls, a deep maroon, are adorned with simple Buddha prints and tasteful gold accents, while the layout provides patrons with an easy view of the open kitchen where a single cook commands the range.
My dining partner and I, immediately intoxicated by the wafting aroma of spices that pervade the eatery, anxiously awaited the Larb (Thai lettuce wraps) we ordered as a starter. We didn’t have to wait long. New Thai Kitchen’s service is fast, friendly and efficient. The wraps were covered with that sweet and sour nam pla sauce that defines Thai food, and I found myself eating the leftover bits with just my fingers.
For an entrée, I chose the Thai Basil with prawns, a commingling of bamboo shoots, bell pepper, onion and Thai basil leaves, which I find so amazing with their licorice, lemon and pepper undertones. My dining partner chose the Eggplant, which featured stir-fried sliced beef with Japanese eggplants, onions, soybeans, green onions, bell peppers and basil leaves in the house sauce. Both were warm, delicious, filling, and accompanied by nutty and variously shaded brown rice.
Even more surprising? New Thai Kitchen is generously affordable. After polishing off both our plates, I was sufficiently satiated with money left in my wallet…at least for a week or so before the cravings set in again.
New Thai Kitchen, 1485 Eureka Road, Suite 150, Roseville, 916-781-3222, newthaikitchen.com.
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