Twin Tamarind Thai Restaurant
17026 Avondale Way N
Redmond WA 98052
Redmond Locals Should Love the Lunch Combos
By: Steve G
Closed as of May 2008 - Reopened as Thai Angel
Twin Tamarind has closed, but has undergone a partial face lift and has been brought back to life by new management as Thai Angel. The news menus are nearly identical to Twin Tamarind, though new chefs have been brought in. We hope to have a review for Thai Angel soon.
As Chef Seattle once again went on the prowl for another review, we were debating what we should try out. One of the reviewers pointed out that the Twin Tamarind had a large Grand Opening sign indicating that it must have undergone a complete change in ownership. Since we were feeling hungry and somewhat inquisitive about the possibility of some improvements in the cuisine, we decided to give it a go.
As we entered the restaurant, we fixed our eyes upon the new hardwood flooring and the freshly painted walls that emitted a light peach color which gave the interior a more spirited look. All of the tables were wood with tall standing wicker chairs that added to a tropical feel for the restaurant. Against the wall were large booths which can accommodate four people to a table and adds a little bit of intimacy to the dining experience.
Within a few moments we were perusing the menu, looking for what fancies our appetite. From Panang Curry to Kee Mao noodles, Twin Tamarind offers many of the quintessential dishes of a Thai restaurant. After a couple of minutes, a server approached us and asked our table if we were ready to order. We decided to try the Combo Specials that offered a choice of green or yellow curry and a choice of spring rolls or chicken satay, plus a cup of tom yum soup and Phad Thai.
Within a few moments the plates had arrived and we began taking in the sights and smells of a freshly cooked dish. The Green Curry had a thick consistency with all of ingredients coarsely mixed into the viscous curry median. This fusion gave the dish a taste that was sweet but not too sugary.
The Yellow Curry slightly differed from the Green Curry in taste. Where the Green Curry is sweeter, the Yellow Curry is more creamy and spicy. The combos also came with a fair portion of Phad Thai. The Phad Thai noodles were tasty, well cooked and fortunately lacked the excessive cupfuls of oil sometimes seen with Phad Thia. Slightly orange in color and mixed with chopped peanuts and sprouts, the Phad Thai had a sweet accent that blended nicely with the spice. We also requested more spice and Twin Tamarind accommodated our requests by ramping up the spices from a two stars level to three stars.
Chicken Satay usually consists of a chunks or slices of seasoned, charcoal grilled chicken served on a bamboo skewer. For the combo meal, customers have an option of Chicken Satay or Thai Spring rolls. We decided to try out the Satay. Served with a cup of peanut sauce, the Satay was very tender and had that fresh, hot-off-the-grill quality. The charcoal grill marks freshly seared on the chicken testified to the fact. And while the sear marks were strong, the chicken tasted delightful as it was thoroughly cooked to perfection with no charcoal residue.
The combos come highly recommended and if you get the chance, try the fried ice cream. It's not the same as what you would find in a Mexican restaurant. Unfortunately when we tried to order the fried ice cream they were out, but trust us, it's a great dessert.
The staff seemed very friendly and attentive. We never lacked an empty water glass and our food was served promptly. When we had questions about the menu, the staff was never gun-shy to answer them or assist us as needed.
The bottom line is that Twin Tamarind offers some great deals in terms of value and taste. For the price of a single dish at other Thai restaurants, you can get Phad Thai, an appetizer, curry, and soup for around $9-10 dollars. With good food, good prices, and a friendly atmosphere, it is hard not to come back for seconds.
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