Cheap Eats 2009: Amina Thai
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 18, 2009
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.

Why go: Stellar curries are served up in this colorful, cozy restaurant that pays attention to ingredients—shrimp are plump and flavorful, and all the meat is halal (slaughtered according to Muslim law).

What to get: The spicy minced-chicken salad called larb gai; crisp-skinned spring rolls; mussels steamed with lemongrass; curry-painted chicken satay; fiery Penang curry with chicken; lush green curry with shrimp.

Best for: Quiet catch-up meals.

Insider tip: The restaurant is Muslim-owned, so don’t expect beer or wine, and forget about ordering pork.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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