Many were saddened to see Adrienne’s Fine American Dining close after two decades of serving upscale cuisine from the big white Colonial on Kent Road. But none seem upset with its new incarnation, Thai Charm, which opened in February and has been packed ever since. “We come here all the time,” says Roy Young of Bridgewater, slurping down a bowl of Drunken Noodle. “The food is exceptional.”
Thai Charm is owned by Kit Panasy and his wife, Suksawan, who grew up in Thailand. “Wholesome, delicious food is our passion, all through the generations,” Panasy says, placing a House Sampler plate between me and my guest. There are spring rolls, crab rangoon, winter shrimp, and chicken wonton purses. Next comes: the Chicken Roti appetizer—sautéed chopped chicken with peas, carrots, onions in a “secret sauce.” And Thai Mango Chicken in a tantalizing blend of mango and red curry sauce. The kicker was Wild Boar Basil—stir-fried pork in a wicked hot curry with peppers, peppercorns, string beans, basil, and rhizomes. (I would have paid attention in plant anatomy class had I known rhizomes could be so tasty.) All of it was fresh and fabulous—authentic Thai tastes blending salty, sweet, spicy, sour. There’s a decent selection of beer and wine, but the Thai teas are popular. — Elizabeth Maker
Thai Charm 218 Kent Rd.