Doral Thai Restaurant
2613 NW 79th Ave
Doral, FL 33122
I've been consistently hitting up this little spot in Doral for lucnh and it's about time I share it with you. It's called Doral Thai Restaurant and I should warn you, it's pretty addictive. When I fist visited, the first thing that caught my attention was the giant line of people waiting outside the restaurant during a busy lunch hour. I decided to pull in and check it out for myself. The small restaurant sits about 50 people and this place was bursting at the seems during a busy Thursday lunch rush. Big crowds aren't always a clue that a restaurant is good, but it was definitely enough to pique my interest.
I sat down and a woman with a very thick Asian accent took my order. For starters I went with their Tom Kha Gai soup, which is a Thai soup with coconut milk, lemongrass, lime juice, mushrooms and chicken breast. Over the top it came garnished with chopped cilantro. The soup also comes with an eggroll, I've never been a fan of egg rolls so I didn't pay much attention to it. My whole attention was on the soup and the aroma permeating from the bowl. It was delicious, it had a great lemon flavor that popped in your mouth, but a light creaminess from the coconut milk. The cilantro also added a nice hint of flavor that played well with the other lemon and lemongrass. The chicken breast and mushrooms both absorbed the flavor of the soup. I literally slurped up the last bit of this like it was the last bit of milk in the cereal bowl, it was awesome.
Up next I decided to go with one of their specials, Pumpkin Curry. It sounded interesting and I decided to try it out. The dish comes with your choice of meat, red curry, chunks of pumpkin, basil, red peppers all in a red curry sauce. Along with the curry, you’re served white rice. This dish was also great. The pumpkin was cooked slightly al dente so it had a little bit of a bite and was able to hold its form. The curry sauce was so flavorful and not insanely spicy, but enough to give you a slight kick. The mild sweetness of the pumpkin with the curry complimented one another perfectly. I went with chicken as my protein as my waitress wisely suggested. I got every last drop of that curry sauce and poured it all over my rice, it was that good. I was tempted to lick the plate, but I decided to not be una salvaje.
On my second visit, I dragged along my best friend. We started out with their Curry Puffs (think Thai empanadas) According to the menu they're fried pastry stuffed with ground chicken, onions, potatoes, yellow curry, sweet potatoes and served with cucumber relish. Now what we got had no chicken in it whatsoever, it was tasty but ain't no chicken up in there. The cucumber relish referenced in the menu looked more like sweet and sour sauce with chopped cucumber. It was good, but the menu was a little misleading on this one.