I have been to several Jasmine Thai, and other Thai cuisine locations in Florida, and I have found this one superior to the rest. Comfy, yet beautiful setting, privacy, and most of all, the best tasting Thai we have sampled. The kids said they would return for the fantastic lunch specials....which seals the deal. Our favorite.
Good not great. I am a caterer and I've eaten at many superb Thai restaurants around the country and while the presentation is top notch, I think the visual masks the quality. Spring rolls should be delicate and offer a papery crunch, theirs were thick and gelantinous and the pork based filling had no discernible flavors, it was more like a bland meatball. Panang curry was good, but I've had better. The pad thai wasn't anything special and portions were all small (and I can never finish my plate as I am small). I think there are better Thai places around (Simply Thai for example).
Granted, this is the only restaurant in Brandon that I frequent, but for good reason: despite the bland mall exterior, the interior is lovely and the food is really good. The table-tops are especially interesting with intricate carved-wood designs under glass. I recommend the Jasmine salad, which comes with either shrimp or chicken and a nifty peanut-based dressing. My siblings love the various curries that are too hot for me, and the polite staff had no problem replacing the meat with tofu for my vegetarian sis-in-law. Other choice dishes: the duck, the seafood & veggie on jasmine rice, and the appetizer sampler platter. Prices are a little out of my reach so this is primarily a celebration spot for my family, but the quality of the cooking justifies most of the expense.
This place is so deceiving from the outside. Once you walk in, it's beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and ornate carvings in the table tops under the glass. The staff is EXTREMELY friendly and so attentive!!! And the food is very good. It's not too expensive either, and the place was clean. The only drawback... There is NO SUSHI even though I found this listing while searching for a sushi bar. Their sushi chef quit and has not been replaced. Regardless, I'm glad we tried it and will definately return when I'm in the mood for good Thai or Chinese food in a beautiful and quiet setting!
I absolutely believe that this is the best restaurant I have ever been to. It is affordable, has a wonderful atmosphere, and is in close proximity to theatres, and clubs. Great for a romantic date, or a casual lunch. Check it out!!
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