Frederick has no shortage of places to eat. But I will be returning to Sumittra again. While I cannot claim to be a connoisseur of Thai cuisine, I have eaten a more than a couple of places who claim Thai heritage.
I went here on a Wednesday evening, a single diner (plague of the food business), because I did not want any heavy, Italian or comfort-food stuff tonight. This was a great choice! Sumittra has not been here for very long, but long enough to have their liquor license, and the Sumittra cooler (vodka and raspberry lemonade) was light & refreshing. Service was polite, quick, and unobtrusive. My appetizer of "crab stars" arrived promptly: small quick-fried pockets like tortellini, stuffed with crab pate and served with a very fresh dip sauce.
I liked the look of panang with shrimp; curry with coconut (tempers the heat) and lime. Just what I wanted - it was served with jasmine rice, and while satisfying was not overly much. Good shrimps, just enough heat, and a very pleasant broth. And please, why cannot I get my food at home to come to the table this hot? The dish must have left the kitchen at 200 degrees, and come straight to my table. Everything was piping hot, just spicy enough, and nicely presented.
A different dessert: mango slices served with sweet sticky rice. Quite unusual, and very nice.
For my small meal, I was a little surprised at the $41 tab, but it was correct. What I get for ordering ad rink & dessert, I guess. But the atmosphere was very pleasant, with a nice mix of customer, including asians, and excellent service.
For an unassuming storefront on Patrick Street, it was a good dining experience; look for me to be back.