It’s been a really, really long time since I last sought out Thai Food. Maybe it’s because there are no good options in my neighborhood in Baltimore, maybe it’s because I’ve been sidetracked exploring other food genres.
Either way, my visit to L’Thai Organic Cuisine just outside of Atlanta proved to be the perfect opportunity to reunite with one of my favorite comfort food dishes- green curry. Long overdue for a taste of Thai cooking, a chilly night sparked my craving for the rich, hearty flavors of Thai food.
What’s notable about L’Thai is that it’s Georgia’s first organic Thai restaurant. 85%-90% of the ingredients on the menu are organic, and gone are hormones, antibiotics, preservatives and MSG.
Not only does L’Thai carefully source their menu, they encourage diners to approach their meal with similar intentionality to savor the fullness of the experience- which can easily get lost in this hustle bustle world. Settling in for a dinner with high expectations, I couldn’t wait to check out all of L’Thai’s health-conscious offerings.
The first page of L’Thai’s extensive menu is up front about their ethos, and provides a guide to ordering food by spiciness and special diets. Most of the menu can be made gluten-free and vegan, but (as with all restaurants) you need to be up front about the degree and variety of your dietary restrictions.
For a starter, I ordered the tom yum soup. The aromatic lemongrass broth was soothing and flavorful, not spicy. Chicken, mushroom, lime leaves, and tomatoes were present in good proportion, and the soup as a whole was a great way to start the meal with a taste of flavor. The portioning was good- just enough to still leave you ready for an entree. The soup is naturally gluten-free and vegan (sub tofu for chicken).
For my entree, I selected the gaeng kiew-whan, in English- green curry. This dish came with green beans, Thai eggplants, bamboo shoots, basil leaves, and mixed peppers, and I selected chicken as my protein. The curry itself was thick and creamy, with the perfect amount of spice to add a kick but to not result in discomfort. Green curry has a lime-infused flavor, and this one had enough to register but not overpower. The vegetables were fresh and flavorful, with the basil definitely packing the most potent punch. The chicken was tender and thinly sliced, which was the best texture and size to blend in with the veggies. The portioning was perfect, and I was able to clean my plate and feel full, but not overly so.
When our waitress was clearing away the dishes, she admitted that this was her favorite dish on the menu.
Included with the entrees is your choice of jasmine white rice or purple brown rice. I chose the latter, and was impressed by it’s unusual coloring and nutty taste. The rice was definitely heartier than jasmine rice would be, but I really liked the taste and texture of it stirred into my curry.
L’Thai definitely sets the bar high when it comes to Thai cuisine because it’s clear they care about quality ingredients, authentic preparation, and their customer’s health. With so many special diet friendly options, I found myself wanting to taste around the menu, and definitely hope to make it back to one of their locations again to check out a more unfamiliar dish.
While Thai food is pretty safe to begin with, it’s nice to know that the staff really understand the nuances of working around multiple restrictions.
Address: 4500 W Village Place SE, Suite 1017, Smyna, GA 30080
Ideal For: Lunch, Dinner
Price: Entrees run around $15, soups run around $4.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Disclaimer: This review is based upon the information I have at the time of the review and does not reflect changes in ingredients or availability of items. Please contact the restaurant directly for up-to-date information and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.