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Surin 280

16 South Perimeter Park (off Hwy. 280 in the old O'Charley's location)
Thai food and sushi menu very similar to that of Surin West. Lunch and dinner. An October 2007 City Scene review by Tom Gaskin, who lived in Thailand for a year in the late '60s, said "Surin 280 is a very attractive restaurant that offers a two-page sushi menu and a good selection of rather tame Thai food." He enjoyed fresh basil rolls, shrimp hot and sour soup, Panang chicken, and "very, very good" three-flavor fish. The "hands-down favorite" was roasted duck with red curry, followed closely by shrimp and pineapple. Disappointing were Thai barbecued chicken, chicken fried rice, lack of authentic desserts.

Posted on Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 09:28PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments12 Comments

Reader Comments (12)

my wife and I took my mother here the other day... We are accustomed to the location on Southside, and ordered a few Thai Noodles... Have you ever had the bright idea to thaw frozen raw chicken in hot water? If not, you should waste the eight bucks, and try it sometime. It's an experience you'll never forget! Surin 280 didn't forget it either... It gives the chicken a flavor that is completely undescribable... like... a sour'd old... taste..? I don't know. Anyway, imagine some great Thai Noodles, with a hint of soured chicken!? That's what we had... I smelled a piece of chicken from my plate, then my wifes... then asked my mom! and even smelled it... it was horrible, like some old, left out all night, chicken!

I'll go back, don't get me wrong... but, that was bad.

September 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAJ Borden

AWFUL!!! That's about all I can say. Drive a little further and visit Surin of Thailand. It has never let me down.

September 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBirmingham Foodie

Visited only for the sushi on a busy Friday night. Service was fair but a little slow and had to order from a waiter even though we sat at the sushi bar - thought that was strange. As I said they were busy and the sushi took longer than expected but it was definitely delicious. Good selection of ala carte better selection of maki, all very good. Only visited once but would definitely go back.

August 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentero

After watching the Olympics, my boyfriend and I wanted some asian food, and since Surin has such a great reputation, we opted to eat at Surin 280. We went on a Saturday night (8/23/08). There were two bartenders. We ordered an appetizer, togo food and drinks. When we got the appetizer (surin baskets) it was ice cold. Just to touch, it felt as if they pulled them out of the cooler. I've had the same appetizer at Surin West, and it was served warm-- I do say it is much better warm. The bartenders NEVER checked on us. One asked my boyfriend if he wanted another drink, but he didn't ask me, although my drink was empty. Service was HORRIBLE. Food was not that great (umm... COLD). I won't be back. YUCK!

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCareen

I absolutely love this restaurant and location. At my last visit, my family and I started with the kaboom maki for sushi, egg rolls, pot stickers, and a volcano pot of coconut tofu soup. The soup is to die for! so delicious. The presentation of the soup is very neat. It's served in a metal pot with a flame coming from the center. It keeps the soup hot until the last bite... which doesn't last long. Trust me. The martini list is lengthy, and it's hard to choose quickly. I decided on a blue dolphin since I had never tried one before and was happy with my choice. Our family shared the chicken panang, nom tok beef, and garlic scallops. Everything was delicious. To be honest, our chicken panang seemed a little watery compared to the last time I had it. It was still tasty regardless. I had a creme brluee for desert. (not a thai desert but awesome anyway) The portion was huge, and I was able to share. I will definitely be back.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

The food here is delicious. The atmosphere is decent at night but it's so crowd. The service for the most part is great except for some water. Just don't get the Asian waiters they're horrible. But other than that the price is reasonable at lunch (very actually) and a bit expensive for dinner. But this place is great. Not the best sushi but the Thai food is close to authentic.

May 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterasian person

This place... not that great. The service was horribly slow, the food wasnt as good as i thought it would be, and the place...
Well Down Grade Anybody?
This place was a turn down to me
I would recommend just walking across the street to the restaurant Kobe. Its family friendly, the food is actually good, and the service is fast. The sushi bar features many types of rolls. The sushi tastes fresh and new unlike the Surin taste of old saved sushi....
Don't make a hassle to take a u-turn into Surin
Just take a right into Kobe...
I cant wait till my next visit to Kobe

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRestaurant Food Taster

Since we are sadly lacking in Thai restaurants in our city, the opening of Surin 280 was exciting to my family!

That quickly gave way to disappointment, however. The food is not bad, though I wouldn't waste money on sushi here (small, dry and loose).

What keeps us from dining at Surin 280, are the absolute most snobby waiters we have ever encountered. There are definitely some wait staff who are very nice, but even when we've been lucky enough to get a friendly waiter or waitress, the "assistants" who bring the dishes out with their sourpuss faces and diva attitudes are enough to ruin even the more delectable Pad Thai.

Should you dare visit with children in tow, you'll find every male diva in the place treating you like dirt from the moment you enter until you receive the check, when the fake friendliness suddenly surfaces. Truly a shame since the food isn't bad and there are some nice employees. But the majority that we've experienced on every.single.visit, are just downright arrogant and rude. Surely the management has to have some inkling?

We save our cravings for Thai Emerald Garden's affordable and elegant lunches or dive into the amazing sushi at Ginza.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKym

We went last night for dinner-- the food was fabulous but the service wasn't great. We were told we had a 10 minute wait to be seated. Then somehow they accidentally scratched through our name on the list without seating us, so we watched couple after couple be seated before us. We barely got an apology after finally being seated.
Our waitress was friendly but never brought my water. After 15 minutes, the food arrived so we asked the man who brought it if he would get us water, which he did. The food was so good, though. We had the cashew chicken and basil beef and both of us were pleased with our meals. However, we do not plan on going back to Surin 280 becuase of the poor service. Instead we will likely visit the Surin in 5 Points.

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Good food and great atmosphere. I have never had any of the above negative experiences and I eat there at least twice a month for lunch and dinner. The staff has always been very accomodating and the wait was only marginally long when the place was full. I suspect with so many poor reviews within days of one another, that someone is trying to put a "hit" on a restaurant that might be threatening other locations.

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