Orchid Thai Covered in Tampa Tribune
Orchid Thai Foods
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"Samantha Holasut has a profound fondness for orchids, and for Thai cuisine.
That stands to reason considering the newly settled Tampa Palms resident was born and raised in Thailand, where that flower and fare can be found in abundance.
She’s incorporated both of her loves into her recently opened Orchid Thai restaurant at 17022 Palm Pointe Drive in the Shoppes at The Point plaza in Tampa Palms.
Holasut — who immigrated to the United States in 1996 and for close to 20 years worked in various Thai restaurants throughout Manhattan in New York City — contends her new eatery serves a unique fusion of traditional and modern Asian cuisine, unlike, according to her, most other Thai dining establishments in the Tampa community.
“I want to serve people what comes from Thailand,” she said.
To accomplish her objective, she’s enlisted the help and expertise of Chef Phesri Staton, also a native of Thailand, who for many years owned and operated a restaurant in her homeland.
“God sent her to me,” said Holasut, who in the short time she’s known Staton has developed a deep admiration for her cooking skills as well as her wanting to use only the freshest and most fitting ingredients in each of her dishes.
The menu features a wide selection of appetizers, salads and entrées, including meals that are noodle- or fried rice-based, sautéed or otherwise prepared with various combinations of curry.
“Our most popular is Pad Thai (stir-fried noodles, bean sprouts, chopped peanuts with a choice of chicken, shrimp or beef) and the second most popular is Green Curry (bell peppers, eggplant, string beans, bamboo shoots, basil leaves, green curry paste in coconut milk with a choice of chicken, shrimp or beef),” said Holasut, who in addition to overseeing the eatery’s overall operation, assists as hostess and server.
Moreover, there are what she calls “chef specials.”
Among them are the Volcano, consisting of a chicken breast with Thai chili sauce and steamed vegetables; and the Amazing, a choice of chicken or beef with steamed vegetables topped with peanut sauce. Both have a wide appeal among the restaurant’s diners, Holasut said.
“Our food is healthy and savory,” she said. “It can be sweet or salty and sometimes spicy, but we can fix it with less spice if you’d like.”
Thai ice tea and ice coffee, soda and water are available for purchase, but not alcoholic beverages.
Until the restaurant’s opening, Jonathan Wofford had never eaten Thai food. But he’s since become hooked on its unique flavors and textures. He especially likes the Pad Thai and spring rolls.
“The food is really, really delicious and very filling,” said Wofford.
- See more at: http://www.tbo.com/northeast-tampa/orchid-thai-serves-a-unique-fusion-of-traditional-modern-asian-cuisine-20151216/