We usually meet friends for dinner at one of the Surin establishments in the city (Birmingham) fairly often, but my wife and I met another couple at their Hwy280 outlet last evening just because it was closest on a rainy night and we didn't care to fight the always horrible 280 traffic. We split orders of spring rolls that were half-price before 7pm. Our server pointed out the 1/2 price deal just before 7 - nice of him. They weren't heavy at all and were very tasty, but light. Perfect for an aperitif and conversation with friends. The server also suggested a new sauvignon blanc on the menu (Manua from NZ). It was excellent. Of course we had a cup of their signature coconut soup with shrimp, too! Always so good. My wife had a maki sushi combination for her entree that I tasted. It was very fresh, delicious and nicely presented. I had the fried catfish entree. It was my first try at this dish, but I had been with friends that swore by it on previous visits to Surin. It was very good, not heavy/greasy at all. There were three generous filets with a nicely spiced sauce. I would definitely order it again if I wasn't up for one their spicy dishes, which I love, next time. Our friends had the broccoli tofu bowl. I sampled the tofu and it was perfectly cooked and tasty. We four split one order of their brownie and ice cream dessert and the two spoons each off us had was a perfect end to a good meal.
This restaurant's decor and ambience was typical for the chain, but this outlet seemed just a little tired. It needs to be spiffed up some. Our server was excellent. Our food was served well - perfectly timed and hot. Business was steady, but not crowded. I seemed to get kind of a tired vibe from the whole crew, though. Can't put a finger on it exactly. They're supposed to be revising their menu I gathered, but our menus were the older versions with stuck-in revised pricing under the plasic menu pages - not too classy. We all enjoyed our meal, however, and maybe just caught them on a bad night. We're still Surin fans.
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