Friday, January 25, 2013

Panvimarn (Bellflower)


Seldom do I eat Thai food, so when the opportunity arose, I jumped on it.  I was a bit hesitant at first because of the person that recommended it (Lizzie), but we had no plans that night, so we decided to give it a whirl.

As expected and understood, the beer list left a lot to be desired.

Somehow, the menu didn't make any mention of a gluten-free beer - the beer I just happened to choose.  It didn't bother me, but it would have been nice to know.  The beer was too light for my personal taste, but again, I fully understood why.

Money Bags - Minced chicken breast and tiger shrimp sautéed with herbs and spices and wrapped in wonton skin and deep fried.

Filet Mignon Satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad.

Larb Long Beach - Minced beef, onions, spicy sauce, Thai herbs and spices. Served with cucumber and baby romaine. 

 I likened this to a lettuce wrap. The larb was delicious with a satisfying heat.  You can get this mild or spicy.  For most people mild will suffice.  I liked this dish so much that I decided then and there, that no matter what I thought of everything else, I'd return for it.

 Beef Jerky - The menu described this as marinated tender beef that has been lightly fried.  But c'mon, it's called beef jerky for a reason. How tender could it be or could it have been?  It is what it is.  Tough meat sprinkled with cilantro and a really good dipping sauce.  If you like beef jerky, like I do, you'll dig this.  Still, I don't think I'd order it I return.  Then again, it wasn't my choice to order it to begin with.  It wasn't bad but there were plenty of other things on the menu I would have chosen before ordering this.  

 Something I would recommend is, not recommending the Spicy Shrimp Curry.  I didn't find it spicy but at least the shrimp were plump and moist.  That aside, the curry didn't do it for me.  Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it, but for whatever reason, I didn't particularly like it.  Then again, like I said before, it's not often I eat Thai food so take it for what it's worth.


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