Friday, March 4, 2011
Thaicoon & Sushi Bar
34 Mill St., Marietta, GA www.thaicoonmarietta.com
Last night Heidi, Kyle and I had dinner at Thaicoon in Marietta. It's located just off the square, and the interior is decorated with light-colored wood paneling (maple?), faux potted trees and decent looking drinks bar and sushi bar.
Heidi really enjoyed her appetizer, the basil rolls. For $4.95 you get several steamed rolls with lots of good things inside - shrimp, basil leaves, rice noodles and crap. She called them perfect.
Kyle ordered the pepper steak ($10.95), which was served in a brown sauce with scallions, carrots, onions and a little tomato. He liked it but didn't love it. He mentioned it was very mild.
Heidi ordered the four friends ($10.95), another mild dish that allows you to choose from several meats (she selected shrimp) paired with a white sauce, baby corn, mushrooms, snow peas and carrots. If you've had moo goo gai pan at an Americanized Chinese restaurant, you've had four friends at Thaicoon. She liked it.
I ordered the tofu masaman curry ($10.95). It came in a little heated soup tureen (see above) with rice in its own bowl on the side. Unfortunately "soup" is the appropriate word. The sauce had a great flavor, but it was too watery. In fact, most of what was in the tureen was soupy sauce. There were about 3 pieces of carrot, a dozen cashews, two chunks of potatoes mixed in with a moderate portion of tofu. If you've got a big appetite, there's no way this will fill you up.
So - nothing was bad, but nobody raved about their entrees. The basil rolls seem to have been the big hit of the night.
A few months ago I posted on another Thai restaurant in Marietta, Lemongrass, which is only a few miles north of Thaicoon. Lemongrass trumps Thaicoon in every way except for service, and in that category there's a tie. Portion sizes are larger and flavors are better at Lemongrass.
Verdict: Average Thai food. I would be willing to return, but I wouldn't seek it out.