A couple of revisits for a quiet Sunday.
Supannee House of Thai:
It's been quite a while since I did my post on Supannee back in 2013. I'd been back a couple of times, though not in a year or two. Over time, it seems that Supannee has become a favorite of CC and even Cathy.
On this day, I needed to drop by Trader Joe's in Liberty Station, so I thought I'd head a bit further south and have lunch at Supannee.
Of course I needed to get the Thai Sausage which is now $11.
This sausage that is made inhouse was what brought me to Supannee in the first place all those years ago. And while it was a bit drier that I prefer, it did "hit the spot". In fact, I think they've adjusted the recipe a bit as it's even more flavorful, the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf somes shining thru, and there's more of a chili kick. Nicely grilled, this was a great start to lunch.
I wanted to try a curry and went with the Roasted Duck Red Curry ($16).
This was very nice; in spite of the decent amount of spice, I could make out the flavor of the coconut milk in this. I often stay away from Thai Curries at restaurants because it's often too sweet....and I'm really not a big fan of fruits in my curries. But let me walk that back here. In this case, other than the curry being on the "thin" side, all the flavors worked in harmony. There was a generous portion of duck in the curry as well. All flavors of the ingredients, the duck, pineapple, tomato (added a nice acid), and grapes, worked both in harmony and individually in this dish.
The service was also very nice. When I took the leftovers home, the really nice young lady gave me an order of rice (I'd finished my bowl...a rarity these days) as well. Same young lady was so gracious and helpful to the woman who told her, "no meat, no dairy, no shellfish, no gluten, low sodium, and I'm allergic to peanuts".
I gotta get back here more often.
Supanee House of Thai
2907 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Mon - Fri 1130am-230pm, 5pm - 9pm
Sat - Sun 12pm - 9pm
So, since our office moved, I'm outside the free shuttle range for the folks who work on my car. So these days, I need to go Saturdays or Holidays. The first time, I took the trolley and just went "cruising". On my latest visit, I waited the three hours.
After paying and heading out, I decided to grab something to eat. It was pretty chilly out and I hadn't been back to Pho Xpress in nearly two years.
Instead of ordering the pho like I usually do; I went with the Banh Mi Bo Kho. What I got was disappointing.
This tasted like pho broth with some bo kho seasoning dumped in it. It lacked any kind of rich beef flavor, tomato, etc.....it was so bland. The carrots were still raw, the beef very tough. This was so thin that I thought I'd read the menu wrong....but no, it says right there "Beef Stew". At least the banh mi was warm and fairly crusty. But this was disappointing as a whole.
Also, since the guy who took my order insisted on correcting my pronunciation of "bo kho"...they should have actually made me a real bo kho, right?
6533 Mission Gorge Rd
San Diego, CA 92120