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“Hillcrest area Thai”

Amarin Thai Restaurant
Ranked #709 of 4,771 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Sugar Land, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Hillcrest area Thai”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Loved it! Great food. Had the Tom Yum soup, vegetarian curry puffs, then one of the house specialities - Mambo Mambo Chicken with red curry and mangos. Fabulous! Staff were all dressed in brightly colored traditional gowns. Waiters and owner were very pleasant and courteous but not intrusive. Good wines. Wonderful experience! Fun area outside on streets for people watching after dinner too.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Wayne B
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Destrehan, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“tasteful decor, ethnic dress, and spectacular cuisine”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

From the outside, this place looks like a little hole in the wall. But once you're inside, the tasteful decor, ethnic dress, and spectacular cuisine transport you to another world.

My "Thai Princess" appetizer was a delightful self-assembly of grilled shrimp, peanut, ginger, red onions, lime, roasted coconut shavings, wrapped in fresh spinach leaves with ginger sauce.Highly recommended, good to share. Tip: do not omit the lime wedges; I know it doesn't sound right but you even eat the peel.

My green curry fish might possibly be the best entree they serve. It is a large serving of very tender steaks of a mild white fish in green curry sauce with both crisp and stringy veggies. The curry saturates all, bringing about maximum flavor. Served with white or brown rice, you can specify your preferred level of heat; I can testify that level 5 is tasty without being "challenging". Since I normally prefer spicy food, next time I would get level 6 or 7.

Diners are dressed casual to sporty. Tables just outside the entrance are covered by an awning and provided with portable heat on chilly evenings. Service is neither rushed nor slow, and although it is not cheap, prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity of what you get. ($35 incl. tax for this meal, with a glass of wine)

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank StCharlesLA
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
78 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Amazing food!”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Delicious! Flavorful! Nice presentation! Good romantic atmosphere! Good Hillcrest location! Probably $$-$$$ depending on what you get! Great service. They know their menus! I love this place. This is my second or third time going and have never been disappointed yet. They also do a great job of food segregation as I am vegan...so great vegan options. They acknowledged that!

Visited April 2013
Thank Vanessa R
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San Diego,ca
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Almost don't want to tell you abt it”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

we're locals who eat here abt twice a month. A family member who has lived in Asia for decades told us abt the restaurant and they know great asian food! The best advice I can give is To go to the back of the menu (skip the standard "touristy" dishes..except the appetizer spring rolls) and order off "curries"... No this isn't Indian curry which we don't like. you select "red" , "green" or "yellow" sauce..and then decide if you want beef, chicken, shrimp, or just veggie. The "green" is a basil sauce, yellow a more hardy sauce with potatoes in it..we love them all but the green basil shrimp curry is heavenly! also in the back of the menu are the noodle dishes to which you add the type of meat you want- the noodles are perfectly tender and mix well with sauces and meat. Prices are reasonable and it's a very pretty restaurant, with white table cloths, beautiful Thai wall hanging and wait staff in gorgeous Tai silk garb. This is popular and weekends it's packed, ESP holidays. We eat here week days..so, go and enjoy.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank KatharineE
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
203 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“fine thai but doesnt live up to hype”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Considering the hype I had high expectations for this place, and they simply werent met

Place: very cute
Service: water always filled, a little slow at the end but still good overall

Food: we had the combo appetizer and it was all very good, nothing outstanding but above average. I had the drunken noodles with beef on a 7 and my husband had the Rama w/ chicken on a 7- first thing, the 7 was a ajoke, more like a 3 it barely had a kick; albeit it was a nice little kick, its def not a 7 on scale of 10. My drunken noodles were very tasty but a little greasy and unfortunately the beef ruined it-it was gray,had no flavor and very tough.My husband's rama had way too much peanut sauce,which drowned everything and he didn’t like it . The bottom line since my palatte is a little limited on its thai experience, and overall it was fine (noodle 3-4 but beef a 1-2,etc) I would give this place a 3(my husband says 2 though). My husband liked his thai tea but not as much as wongs.

Bottom line: will I come back? Maybe, I will try other places and their other restaurants and then maybe try different dishes from them. Its by no means "bad"(except for beef) but it def doesn’t live up to its hype in my opinion

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank mailboxblondie
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