With all due respect to the two recent poor reviews, my wife and I have been coming to Lincoln City twice a year for 30 years to stay at our ocean condo there, and for the past several years, have enjoyed at least one lunch or dinner aat Jamine Thai each time we visit Lincoln City. We have never had a bad meal there, and the dinner we just had was excellent. One of the poor reviews actually complained hat "the menu is overwhelming" -- that's bad? Oh, boo, hoo. It is a complete menu, pal, but smaller than several other Thai menus we've seen.
The decor is subdued with wood flooring and wood accents, plants along the walls and an aquarium that greets you as you walk in. It wasn't busy this Wednesday night in March, and yes, there was only one server working, but the service was still prompt.
We love Thai food -- it's our favorite international cuisine, and we seek it out wherever we go -- even to Thailand, to spend a month traveling and eating our way around the countryside. On this visit, we had the full portion of Tom Kha Gai soup, which, along with Pad Thai, are national dishes of Thailand, and a good way to see how the restaurant performs. The soup was served in a raised, round metal dish, almost like an upside down bundt pan, and was a most attractive way to present the dish. A minor quibble with the soup was that we had asked for two stars of hotness for every dish, and the soup seemed to be a little more like one star. But on the other hand, a quibble we've had for years with Tom Kha Gai soup is that several of the main ingredients that give it its unique flavor -- kaffir lime leaves, galanga root slices and lemongrass slices, are not edible, and all have o be fished out of he soup and set aside. Here, the kitchen took the inedible pieces out before bringing it to the table, so only their tastes remained.
Then came the overflowing platters of Lemon Chicken, Mango Delight (with pork), and the old
standard, Pad Thai. The Pad Thai was easily one of the best we've had recently. Too many places put so much sauce on it that the whole plate of noodles congeals into one solid mass, making it difficult to serve onto individual plates and to try and take normal size bites. Not a problem at Jasmine -- it was tangy and spicy with big chunks of tender chicken. The Lemon Chicken consisted of large pieces of chicken laying on a bed of coarsely chopped lettuce, and under a blanket of warm peanut sauce -- yum.
Very large portions of beautifully presented food in a restaurant with pleasing decor, and the entire dinner -- and we brought back half of it for a second dinner -- was only $39.50 total. What's not to like about that?
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