Amina Thai
A Thai restaurant with Muslim roots.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 6, 2006
Cheap Eats (2009)
Amina Thai
Address: 5065 Nicholson Ln., Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-770-9509
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan
Opening Hours: Open Monday and Tuesday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 9:30, Wednesday through Friday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 10, Saturday Noon to 10 PM, and Sunday Noon to 9 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: White Flint
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Vegetable spring rolls; shrimp salad with lime and chili paste; larb gai; green shrimp curry; clay-pot mussels with lemongrass and Thai basil; salmon with scallions, Thai basil, and shredded ginger; eggplant with Thai basil; deep-fried bananas with vanill
Price Details: Appetizers $4.95 to $7.95, entrées $9.95 to $13.95.

June 2006 Cheap Eats

Owner Amina Toopet personally scours her storefront restaurant every day, and it shows--the dining room is sparkling clean, the hardwood floors glimmer, the yellow and blue walls gleam.

Toopet, a Muslim Thai, is just as hands-on at mealtime. Her head bound in a colorful scarf, she stops by tables making sure diners are happy and beams contentedly at words of praise. Which is what you'll undoubtedly utter as you make your way through the vivid cooking. Nibble on crisp vegetable-filled spring rolls with nary a trace of grease or share a many-textured shrimp "salad" sour with lime and fiery with roasted chili paste. Bigger plates like the green shrimp curry, fragrant with coconut milk, and the tender eggplant redolent of Thai basil are no less delicious. Because the restaurant adheres to Islamic dietary law, there's no pork or alcohol. The pork you're not likely to miss, but a Singha would provide a welcome bit of relief from all the fire.

For dessert, deep-fried bananas wrapped in a rice-paper packet, to be dunked in a honey or chocolate sauce, are a new twist on an old favorite.

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