Yummy Amata Thai for lunch | Arts & Appetite

By Maria Montalvo | Mar 08, 2018
Amata Thai Cuisine


Where: QFC Shopping Center, 22814 100th Ave. W, Edmonds
Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner every day of the week until 9 p.m.
Information: 425-523-4478 facebook.com/amata.thaicuisine

 

Just over two weeks ago, Amata Thai Cuisine opened in the shopping center by QFC at 100th Avenue West and Edmonds Way. I noticed the new sign for Thai (one of my favorite cuisines), a large golden creature in the window (a dragon boat), and was immediately intrigued.

As luck would have it, my office needed lunch for a group meeting, so we chose to try Amata. Because their website is still in progress, I went in person to take a look at their to-go menu.

The menu is impressive in its variety and extent of dishes, but the décor of the restaurant is truly surprising, inviting, and attractive.

Most items were brought over from Thailand, and the gold and black accessories and wallpaper make you feel as if you have walked into a very different place from the busy parking lot.

From the Thai scenes rendered on the walls to the gold trim across the top of the front window to the gorgeous light fixtures and figures, the restaurant is distinctive.

It is family owned and operated, and the restaurant clearly wants to balance authentic, quality food with a personal and special experience. For such a new restaurant, I was impressed by how quickly my order was ready and very happy with the kind and courteous hostess who helped me.

Their lunch combinations are large and reasonably priced ($9.95 for most main selections with a side of rice AND a side of yummy pad thai). Nearly the full menu is available at lunch, so our group order featured both lunch combinations and full entrees.

The Swimming Rama, with choice of protein (chicken, pork, tofu, vegetables, beef, prawns, squid, or seafood) was served over a huge mound of the freshest spinach, with a delicious homemade peanut sauce ($10.95).

The two lunch specials we selected, Veggie Delight and Red Curry, were both flavorful and impressive with the assortment of fresh vegetables included.

I elected to have my red curry medium spicy, and it was just perfect – hot enough to make it balance just right with the rice. They also offer both white and brown rice, so I was able to feel slightly better about making healthy choices by selecting brown rice and steamed tofu instead of fried.

Going back for dinner is definitely called for, as so many of the appetizers, soups, salads, and dinner specials look very tempting, including Prawns in Tamarind Sauce ($12.95) and BBQ Pork and Crispy Pork Belly ($12.95).

It appears that Amata’s liquor license is also still in process, so be prepared, but know that the food will be good and the environment unique.

 

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