Taste of Thai (Knoxville, TN)

Since our reservation at Pinhook Plantation House B&B got messed up, we had to find something to do with our spare night. Since Knoxville, TN was on the way back to Louisville, we decided to go there for an overnight. And that meant eating out, so we decided on Thai, a favorite cuisine of ours, and found our way to Taste Of Thai.

Penang Curry with Chicken

In typical fashion, we eat picked a dish, then we sat them in the middle of the table and shared. For the curry, we went with the Penang Curry with Chicken. This is a coconutty, slightly sweet dish made with chicken, broccoli, and lime leaf in penang curry sauce (hence the name). Frankly, this was just a phenomenal dish.

The chicken was tender. The broccoli was cooked, but not obliterated by overcooking. It still had crispness and flavor. The entire dish was exceptionally flavorful.

Beef with Basil Sauce

And for the second dish, we had the Beef with Basil Sauce. This was a mixture of beef, onions, and green & red peppers in a basil sauce. The sauce was slightly sweet with a hefty dose of basil, an herb we both love immensely. The beef was sliced thin, then cooked perfectly so that it was really tender, an important thing for Edie.

The large plate of rice served the excellent purpose of soaking up both sauces. We actually ordered “medium” heat on both, knowing how spicy Thai food can be, but it wasn’t enough. Our food was excellent, but didn’t really have any spiciness. So if you like your food spicy, go higher than medium.

Extras

Fresh Shrimp Basil Rolls

As an appetizer, we ordered the Fresh Shrimp Basil Rolls. A combination of shrimp, lettuce, carrots, and basil in a rice wrapper, these were really, really fresh tasting and were served with a good ginger sauce. Mostly though, they were lettuce with a little bit of carrot and basil and were pretty short on the shrimp. Overall, they were okay, but next time, we’d go with something else if we went with an appetizer.

Fried Banana Delight

Since we had an appetizer and dinner, we figured why not finish out the meal with a light dessert? We went with the Fried Banana Delight (yes, that’s the actual name). In contrast to the rolls we had for an appetizer, these were excellently prepared.

The banana inside was soft and warm, while the shell was crispy as could be. Since it was just fruit and dough, it wasn’t overly sweet, even though it was served drizzled in honey. The dessert could actually use slightly less honey. The sweetness from the bananas would be enough.

Service

And now for the service. It’s not that they were rude. They just weren’t very friendly. “Indifferent” is probably the best way to describe it and they kind of rushed us out. Basically, they weren’t too concerned that we were there and weren’t very attentive beyond the basics.

That said, everything came in a timely fashion and we had everything we needed.

Overall Value

For the amount of food we received at Taste of Thai, there are no complaints about the price. The beef dish was $9 and the curry was $11. If we’d had refrigeration, we could’ve taken some home with us. An appetizer, two entrees, dessert, tax, and a tip came out to $38, so you can definitely waltz out of here pretty cheaply.

The Doggy Bag, By Knox

I don’t know what Thai food is, but I’m pretty sure I’d like it. There’s beef and chicken and everyone knows I like meat. I am a dog after all and we canines certainly aren’t vegetarians.

Unfortunately, these two decided it would be cool to take a weekend trip without the dog. Yeah, I don’t understand it either. So I was left to hang out with Grandma while they went driving around Tennessee. Given how Grandma feeds me, I probably made out better than the few Thai morsels I’d have gotten to try. Though it’s obvious that Mommy and Scott’s trip would’ve been better had I been there.

Overall Ratings

Penang Curry with Chicken
Beef with Basil Sauce
Extras
Service
Overall Value
Final Rating
Knox’s Rating