Supannee House of Thai (Second time around)
2907 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, Ca 92106
By Judi Curry
Since there was so many responses to an earlier review in the OBRag suggesting that I visit the restaurant for the second time, my friend Eric and I did just that last Monday at lunch time.
As was the case before, we were greeted with smiles and taken to a seat. Because it was late, the restaurant only had two other tables filled when we arrived, and one other couple came in after us. (They close at 3:00pm and reopen at 5:00pm for dinner.)
We were given the same fish menu that we were given at dinner, but both of us elected to have something off of the lunch menu. (A puzzle for me, because I wanted to double check the ingredients of the two things we ordered before typing this up, and the only menu I could find on line was the dinner menu. It appears to be the same menu as the lunch menu.)
Eric elected to have the “Waterfall Salad” which consisted of grilled flank steak, marinated in Thai spices, tossed with red onions, roasted chili powder; roasted rice powder, mint, cilantro, fish sauce and lime juice, with their own fresh romaine lettuce. ($10).
I ordered the Pad Khing – Young Ginger – ($9.00) which was made with garlic, onions, red and green peppers, zucchini, shitake mushrooms, thin sliced young ginger and fermented soy beans.
Neither of us ordered a drink, but our water glasses were filled when they became half empty.
Eric’s salad was delightful. The veggies were fresh and crispy and added to the taste of the salad. He asked for the spice to be a “5”, but he said that to his taste buds the spiciness was more of a 1 or 2. There was a slight problem when he was asked if he wanted fried rice or white rice. We both heard the waitress ask the question, and he ordered the fried rice. When his meal came it was with white rice, and when he asked the waitress about the fried rice she said that it was only served at dinner time. Since she asked him what he wanted, that was a surprise to us. He said he would like to have brown rice, and it was much better than the brown rice he was served just one week ago. This was moist, tasty, and very palatable.
My Pad Khing was also very good. The fresh vegetables were cooked perfectly; not soggy but very crisp. The white rice was also tasty. I elected not to have any meat or fish with the meal because I had read that all of the vegetables come from the owner’s garden and I wanted to savor the freshness of the meal. It also came with a small side salad. The sauces that the meal was cooked in were delightful; not too spicy, but with enough of a bite to know there were there.
The original review in the OBRag had many responses , one from Alec House, the owner of the Supannee. He asked me to try the restaurant again, and to let him know when I wanted to do so. As I do in all of my reviews, I do not introduce myself to the manager – or owner – until I have had the meal; critiqued it in my own mind. I do not want any special service given to me and want to see what the restaurant is like to the average diner.
After Eric and I finished our meal I asked the waitress if Alec was there. She told me she didn’t know who Alec was. I told her he was the owner and she said she thought she saw him about lunch time. I again asked her if he was there and her answer was “I don’t think so.” I wish she had checked the back to make sure, but I left my card and asked him to call me. He did not, but that does not play into the review.
There is no doubt that today’s meal was far superior to the first one. The food was tasty; empty plates were removed when finished; water glasses were filled. Perhaps what we chose was a better sample of the food offerings, but the first time there I ordered the mango curry because I read on Yelp how good it was. (Yes, dear reader, I do read other reviews but usually after I have written my own. In this case a person I respect greatly – Mercy Baron – had reviewed the restaurant and I wanted to see what she had said.) It was good as was the Pad Khirg. Eric’s salad was good, even though he thought that the flank steak had a wee bit too much salt on it. He would definitely order it again.