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Surin & Company

2100 Third Avenue North, Suite 100
297-0996
Downtown location of a popular Thai restaurant that also has locations in Five Points South and Crestline Village. Appetizers, soups, salads, suchi, various entrees with meats, vegetables, sauces, noodles, rice. City Scene's "lunch bunch" noted that service was too slow for a typical lunch hour.

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 09:58PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments4 Comments

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I've not had the opportunity to visit but 7 or 8 Asian restaurants since moving to Bham from LA, where I lived in the San Gabriel Valley (ie. not exactly "little" but more like "big" Asia!) for several years. While living there, I not only learned the vast differences in the many regional Chinese cooking styles, and became addicted to the highly cultivated and delicately balanced Cantonese cookery. I also enjoyed many Cantonese dinners in homes fortunate enough to employ fine chefs, but equally glorious were many of the tiny eateries that specialized in just one or two specialties (Shanghai noodles and dumplings. etc...)

I had two close friends from Thailand, and enjoyed their home cooking, also overseen by the GRAND grandmother, where woks were stationed outside on the patio over huge butane flames, and soups issued from simmering cauldrons of stock that lived forever, ressurected daily to produce an entirely new and refreshing bowl of soup that accompanied one throughout the dinner...

While Surin is a much more elegant atmosphere, and most welcome that is, there is still a strong sense of the Thai tradition of cookery being an integral part of daily life. This characteristic is not made with any attempt, it simply is imbued in the culture of the cookery. And it does nothing to sacrifice the authenticity of many dishes, while never inhibiting the kitchen from adding there own originality to traditional Thai cookery to improve and add a brilliance to the dining experience. (I have always cringed at "oh, it's AUTHENTIC!".... thinking, "Well, if that's the case, it may be as exciting as McDonalds or KFC passing as AUTHENTIC American cookery, which, it is not, of course, but it is what is most common in America, and that is what is often confused with "authentic").

Surin is truly fine Thai dining, without sacrificing authenticity. Take it from one who has not yet spent time in Thailand proper, but lived in LA and spent many happy hours around tables at the homes of Thai friends, as well as dining at indigenous Thai restaurants in the neighborhoods that were populous with Thai families.

It is a gorgeous experience, as the Thai people are especially genteel by culture, and Surin exhibits this aspect of their culture beautifully. The manner of service, the quite elegance in its simplicity, is the touch that the kitchen deserves for its efforts in presenting beautifully prepared Thai cookery.

I can most highly recommend the Roasted Duck with Red Curry; Spicy Basil Leaves, Shrimp Curry; Three Flavor Fish and on and on.

I am not a Sushi afficianado, and found it odd, as a Californian to see Sushi offered in a Thai restaurant, but if they have a Sushi Sensei, it could be glorious. I'll give you a report after I visit with my Sushi specialist and he takes on the Sushi menu.

In the meantime, do visit Surin for a most memorable experience of not only fine Thai cookery, but the gentility of the Thai hospitality as well.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy Wilson

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