I don't remember how many years ago I discovered Surin. Until I retired I ate there at least every other week. I went the other evening after not being there for 2 years. I promise it won't be another 2!
Surin is my litmus test for Thai food. There are other Thai restaurants that have more variety, others that might be more authentic, and others that have better ambiance. But Surin has one of my 5 favorite meals of all-time. I start with their fresh basil rolls. Plump, made to order and plenty of basil. I have NEVER had a better Tom Kai Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup). It is rich, smooth with just the right balance of sweet and spice, and enough chicken and mushrooms to be make it delectable. And then the Chicken Masaman. Their version is one of my comfort foods. Tender chunks of chicken, plenty of cashews, and slices of avocado in an absolutely delicious Masaman curry sauce. No potatoes or pieces of onion in their version. From my first mouthful to scraping the bowl I am in foodie heaven. Over the years I have had just about everything on their menu and never been disappointed. But I keep coming back for the Chicken Masaman and Tom Kha Gai.