So I offered to cook my husband dinner. He thought it a splendid idea. When I suggested beef he was floored. I rarely cook meat at home. He eagerly agreed and I tossed him the car keys. Huh?!
There was a chill in the air but I sensed that tiki torches were burning brightly just outside of town. I told Husband to drive us to Boa Thai Asian Fusion on Noyac Road in North Sea. I love this place because it’s so close by. When I get a hankering for Asian food I don’t have to drive to New York or….Asia.
Now the Boahirut family is offering the best of both worlds—you can eat out AND cook your own dinner! This is new—gorgeous little ceramic grills from Korea that sit on your tabletop and allow you to cook thin slices of beef just the way you like. That’s marinated beef served with a sauce of sesame oil and red pepper for dipping. Chop sticks make the grilling easy, then you wrap the beef in handy lettuce leaves. It’s great fun, although probably not the way to go if you have hyper children at your table. For them Boa Thai offers a Children’s Menu that includes a Chicken or Vegetarian Stir Fry. Snow peas can help any kid learn to love veggies.
Chefs Patrick and Boritat have been busy dreaming up things to tempt diners. Patrick has mastered the bar and expanded the Wine List. When was the last time you walked into an Asian restaurant and a wine tasting broke out? Patrick was eager to offer us suggested wine pairings throughout our meal. Largely Rieslings. Their subtle sweetness is a good match for Asian spices.
Husband started with a Cave In of vodka and cranberry juice. I had my usual Boa Thai Martini with its signature lychee fruit.
After our delightful beef appetizer we tried the Chinese buns of pork belly, boiled eggs and baby spinach. Like bouncy, savory clouds of yumminess.
The night’s specials—Crispy Duck with Curry Sauce and a Steamed Ginger Striped Bass were enticing but we ordered from the regular menu. I went for the Goong Garlic Thai of jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce with steamed broccoli. It was a generous portion of shrimp and tasty.
Husband had the Kee Mao Talay, which is a stir fry of flat noodles with seafood. Husband liked that there was quite a bit of heat to it.
At Patrick’s suggestion Husband tried the Ca’Bellavitis Pinot Grigio 2011 from Italy. It was mild with a warm touch of sweetness and a fruity complexion.
With his spicy seafood dish Husband also tried—and enjoyed—the Mme. Aly Duhr 2004 Riesling from Luxembourg. It was a bit sweet, with a hint of oak— a great match.
We were too stuffed for dessert, though the Mango Sticky Rice called to us….If you save room you can try it—or gelato, fried banana or brownies.
The menu offers many choices from across the globe and Boa Thai offers bargains right here at home—Mondays, All You Care to Eat $21 Buffet; Two for One Tuesdays; Wednesday Four-Course $23.95 Prix Fixe.
Boa Thai is a fun night out and the service is MUCH faster that what Husband gets at home! Plus there are many options for carnivores and vegetarians alike—spicy or not-so-spicy.
Boa Thai Asian Fusion Restaurant & Bar, 129 Noyac Road, North Sea, Southampton, 631-488-4422, www.boathai.com.
Yes, they deliver!