A Taste of Thailand

As most of our regular readers already know, I’m an avid fan of little-known, hole in the wall restaurants – particularly when they’re of the ethnic variety. Nothing excites me more than discovering a tasty, locally-owned eatery that’s isn’t packed at lunch and isn’t overwhelmingly expensive. None of you should be surprised, then, by how much I love my latest find: Thai Taste.

Thai Taste is located essentially at the corner of Nolensville Road and Haywood Lane, just south of the epicenter of Nashville’s ethnic dining scene. One of my college buddies who now works in Nashville turned me on to the place last week, taking me out for a quick bite of lunch there. Knowing the usual quality of restaurants in the area, I had high hopes. I was not disappointed.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Thai Taste is the decor: it’s surprisingly upscale for such a modest establishment. White tablecloths, fabric wrapped on the seatbacks, and bold, freshly painted walls lend the interior a bit of a luxurious feel. I immediately feared that the prices would be adjusted upward accordingly, but thankfully I was wrong. My lunch entree included a salad and spring roll for $5.95. Much cheaper than the ubiquitous Royal Thai, and much better.

As for details on the food, I enjoyed a Panang Curry dish with a spice level of medium. My salad was great and so was the curry, not too spicy but with plenty of punch, and with just the right amount of coconut milk so as not to be overwhelming. The best part of the meal, however, was the spring roll: certainly the best I’ve had in Nashville. Needless to say, I’ll be back to Thai Taste just as soon as I can.

3 Comments so far

  1. Paul Nicholson (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    Sounds good. Never tried that place.

    Anyone know what happened to Salathai? Did they find a new location after they were booted off West End for that new development? Did the Chef go somewhere else?

    That was good stuff.

  2. Jon (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Thai Taste. It might just be my favorite restaurant in town of any variety.

  3. Kimberly (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    I’ve gotten takeout from Thai Taste before. I really enjoyed it, but I love this other little place further north on Nolensville Road at McCall. Siam Cafe. It’s really great.

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