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Thai Emerald

5408 U.S. 280 (in retail center at intersection with 119, near Greystone)
Lunch and dinner; reservations accepted. Beautiful, trendy restaurant blends East and West. City Scene praised calamari, lemon coconut soup, fish fried spring rolls, tuna crunch, Weeping Tiger, Shrimp Disguised, but found other dishes disappointing, especially for the price. On a 2007 lunch visit, we were impressed by the atmosphere and the quality of the food, including the Light Starter appetizer plate and the Super Crunch roll, but the service was so-so.

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 09:56PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments9 Comments

Reader Comments (9)

Although I am a loyal Surin fan, my husband and I decided to give Thai Emerald a try. The decor is very appealing, with a water wall on one end and a bar and sushi bar with plasma TVs on the other end. Great lighting. For a Saturday lunch we had Chicken Massaman and Pud Thai. Both were very good, artfully served and with good flavor. The Massaman was rich and creamy with big pieces of chicken. And the Pud Thai was just right, with plenty of shrimp and chicken and perfect sauce. But what won me over was the SuperCrunch. I dare say it was better than the SuperCrunch at Surin. Good service, interesting decor and great food. Reasonably priced. I would highly recommend. (January 2005)

June 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJoy Tillman

I was excited to finally visit Thai Emerald. The restaurant is beautiful with a unique but comfortable atmosphere. We started with the Fish Fried Spring Rolls, which were very good. They came with a sweet sauce that was also very good. For my meal, I chose a pineapple coconut curry chicken and shrimp dish that was great. I will definitely be going back to try the sushi and hopefully one of their many desserts. Thai Emerald is more on the expensive side, but it was a good choice for something out of the ordinary. (February 2005)

June 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBethany Johnson

My husband and I recently visited what I would rank as one of the BEST sushi restaurants in the Birminham area. After hearing about Thai Emerald from a co-worker all the time we decided to give it a try. Living in Helena traveling to 280 on a Saturday night is not a normal routine for us but we will return. We shared two appetizers, a squid salad, which was delicious but a little spicy and the tuna tataki...AWESOME!!! It was seared on the outside and melted in my mouth. I will definitely order it again. We also tried several of the rolls, my favorite being the California eel roll. It was a california roll topped with eel and avacado with a special sauce on top. The service was also a delight, our server was very prompt and polite. By the time we left my husband had already picked out his menu for our next visit...It was a wonderful experience!! (August 2006)

June 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Clements

A colleague at work told me how he had gone to lunch there and they had a deal where they could order a lot of different dishes similar to Spanish Tapas and he was thrilled with it.
While the decor is pretty and the food is good although servings are small, I have been appalled twice over service. I went at lunchtime to order food to go and was charged for a dinner meal even though the same item was offered at lunch and I was in time for lunch and had asked if they were serving lunch. The 2nd time I went back, I ordered take out and they charged me a dollar extra surcharge for takeout. I have never ever been charged extra for take out. My feeling about Thai Emerald is it is all about the money. They charge alot for small servings in order to pay off that restaurant. I won't go back and I am sure there has to be a decent thai restaurant in Birmingham but it surely isn't Thai Emerald. Two thumbs down.

June 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVeggie Transplant

I enjoy Thai Emerald, it is one of my favorite restuarants. I especially LOOOOVE the SuperCrunch, it is the best in Birmingham! Also, the beef and broccolli, it is a chinese restaurant staple that gets the treatment it deserves at Thai Emerald. My 10 year old son loves the Emerald Tile appetizer, and the Ambassador Chicken, though I order it less spicy for him. Hubby's favorite is the Pad Thai, not spicy, but has just the right balance of flavor. If it is a cold day or you are feeling a bit under the weather,the warm brothy beef noodle bowl will fix you right up. The only dish I tried that I did not like was the Weeping Tiger, it was too spicy for me, but otherwise everything else has been great.

March 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCJackson

Come on people, would you know what authentic Thai or even Chinese food is????? Probably Not!!! First off, I'm tired of the blending of Asian Foods and the Americanizing of it......SAD.Do you go to your favorite Italian restaurant and expect to order a taco?? Now as for Thai food mentioned.....tasty but not Thai but maybe Thai influenced. Further....Surin Sucks as does their service and it's Pad not Pud..PUD!

June 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGET REAL

I'm not really sure what Get Real's problem is. We're all very sorry that all of the thai restaurants in alabama don't meet your authenticity standards. And for the mixing of asian foods, it's a restaurant, you get customers when you have variety, if one place has sushi and the other doesn't, the place with sushi will always be more crowded. Business...

And when it comes to service, i've been in surin280 quite a few times and noticed my server generally having five or six tables. Last time I was in PF Changs the server only went to two other tables.. Sometimes the server might overreach their limits, but I find that the friendly attitudes make up for any inadequacies in the speedy service department.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

First off, this place is indeed overpriced. But with the lack of Asian restaurants in Birmingham, I still may intend to return. The owners are the same as Taste of Thailand, except they intend to make the restaurant more high-end and Westernized. Somehow to me, it isnt entirely so by my opinion. While these statements are may no be saying much compared to other areas, it had the best Pad Thai and surprisingly, sushi that I've had here so far. In addition, they actually have Som Tum which I've been looking for, and the only place that actually makes it "Thai spicy" when you ask for that. They say they'll make dishes with shrimp paste, fish sauce, etc... if you ask, so I'll try to do that next time.
I will likely return, but only when I feel like giving too much money away for decor I don't really care about due too a strong desire for something East Asian besides my usuals.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShia

My wife and I eat at Thai Emerald once or twice a week...the Sushi is great (try the Volcano Roll) this is the first place my wife ate sushi and she's never eaten fish before, now she eats the raw tuna. The servers are great and the owners are very friendly. Anybody that post bad comments here either hasn't really eaten at the restaurant or prefers their sushi from Publix.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVino

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