Business brought Joe and me to Jacksonville and lunch delivered us to Pattaya Thai Grille. We had passed the restaurant on a prior trip, and I was eager to try this southside spot.
Pattaya Thai is located at 9551-1 Baymeadows Road at the far end of a slightly shady aging strip mall. Yellow siding and a red tile roof shaded large rectangular black windows from the noon sun. Facing the parking lot simple light orange colored letters spelled out the name of the restaurant. A special of the day was displayed outside on a small dry erase board.
Entering we were greeted by a darkened interior decoarated in gold, garnet and purples. Glass topped tables surrounded by black metal chair filled the center of the dining area. Booths lined the right hand wall. At the back a bar area flanked by black vinyl stools stood empty. Polished cement floors and a black painted ceiling completed the space.
We were led to a booth and provided menus by the hostess. Our waitress appeared moments later and took our drink order. We ordered two appetizers, summer and spring rolls, while we continued to look over the menu. Pattaya Thai offers a numerous entrees including the standard Pad Thai, Pad Ke Mau and various curries. I was in the mood for something spicy and ordered the Panang curry. It consisted of lime flavor curry with Thai lime leaf slices and julienne bell peppers with chicken.
The appetizers appeared first. The summer roll consisted of translucent rice paper filled with fresh vegetables and shrimp. They were steamed and served with a tangy peanut sauce. The spring rolls were fried and full of vegetables. Of the two I preferred the freshness of the summer rolls and happily sampled another while Joe devoted his attention to the spring rolls.
The curry arrived as the last of the rolls disappeared. Served on a black square plate a cylindrical mound of rice accompanied pieces of green peppers, lime leaf slices and chicken. The curry had a citrus flavor with a punch of spice. It was very good and among the better curries I have had in North Florida. Joe’s Thai Sweet & Sour consisted of slices of chicken, pineapple, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion and bell peppers. He said it was very good but noted he was not accustomed to the texture and flavor of cooked cucumber.
Service was attentive and Pattaya Thai was very clean. Overall, lunch was very good and Pattaya Thai Grille was a great place for a flavorful and spicy lunch. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., dinner Tuesday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and dinner on Friday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The restaurant can be found online at ptgrille.com and be contacted by telephone at (904) 646-9506.
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