HILLCREST. Amarin Thai offers a wide variety of vegan appetizers, soups, entrees, and curries. In short, it is a vegan’s paradise. Amarin Thai is open for both lunch and dinner, but the highlight, for me, is their lunch special (offered Monday through Friday from 11am – 3pm). The special includes soup, an entrée, an eggroll, and a side salad for $5.99. The best part? The food is GOOD! Well worth a special trip.
When I arrived for lunch, I was ready to eat! We quickly ordered and had a bowl of Miso Soup sitting in front of us within 5 minutes. I slurped my soup happily and enjoyed munching on the chunks of tofu bobbing in the broth!
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We first tried the Drunken Noodles, an entree made from wide rice noodles that are stir-fried with Thai chilies, bell peppers, basil, and bean sprouts, that is then topped with cilantro leaves. Amarin Thai lets you pick your spice level. I went with a conservative 3 and was pleased with the results. The noodles were soft and tender and had absorbed the flavors from the various spices and peppers.
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We then moved on to the Rama with Tofu entree, a mix of steamed broccoli and mixed veggies smothered with spiced peanut sauce, that is served with a side of rice. The peanut sauce in this dish is creamy without being overly sweet. It makes eating broccoli fun!
Once we had devoured our main dishes, we moved onto the eggrolls (which are somewhat of a misnomer, since I checked and there definitely isn’t egg or any other non-vegan ingredient in them!). The eggrolls’ crispy exteriors house crystal noodles, cabbage, and carrots. Mine was gone in two bites!
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Amarin Thai’s interior is simple but comfortable – beige walls, dark chairs, and white tablecloths welcome customers. The true highlight has been interacting with the servers. They welcome you with a smile and patiently answer menu questions.
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Amarin Thai also has a covered patio with booths and tables for those who want to eat outside. The patio is also equipped with space heaters to ensure you have a comfortable dining experience!
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Amarin Thai’s unique hours are also worth mentioning. On Friday and Saturday they are open until 3am! So whether you are stopping in for lunch or a late dinner, I hope you enjoy Amarin Thai as much as I have 🙂
9/22/2014 NOTE: A Fussy Fork reader recently went to eat at Amarin Thai and obtained some information important to vegan customers!! Amarin Thai uses the same oil to deep fry their tofu and their meat. Good information to know so you can make an informed choice during your next visit there. Thanks for the email Sally!!
3843 Richmond Street
San Diego, CA 92103