Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bua Thai and Sushi - Brookhaven Atlanta Georgia

You can find Bua Thai+Sushi at 705 Town Boulevard Suite Q330, Brookhaven, GA 30319 along the primary avenue into Town Brookhaven on the left and in front of Olde Blind Dog Pub. There's free parking along the streets, you can park in the deck or all the way over at Costco and walk a couple of blocks.

Bua was selected by my old online marketing group to be the next restaurant for our monthly luncheon. I really didn't know much about it so had no expectations.  The exterior features green awnings that partially cover the largish patio - "Bua Thai+Sushi" is in red letters on a small yellow sign.

The interior of Bua is amazing - great contemporary furnishings against a clean and lovely backdrop of art, fresh cut flowers and the like. It's really beautiful and would create the perfect date-night atmosphere. A small sushi counter is tucked away in the back corner next to a granite-counter-topped bar. My group was promptly seated (it was about a quarter to 12) with only one other table present - it soon filled up as the lunch hour progressed.

The menu is fairly simple  with Starters, Soup, Salad, Entrees divided by meats on the front; and Vegetarian, Rice and Noodle dishes with sides and a disclaimer on sushi on the back. We were also given a very simple Lunch Special menu with Appetizers on the front; Salad and Entree on the back. The prices ranged from $8-12 for either lunch or dinner so this place is extremely reasonable, especially for this area.

I found Bua very intriguing, mostly because it offers two of my favorite foods: Thai and Sushi. I love Thai seasoning, especially the penang and other curries and the basil chicken - I'm also a huge fan of num tuk. As my regular readers know, I'm also a huge fan of sushi, but on this day I decided to forego the sushi and focus on the Thai.

We each ordered and app and an entree from the menu and pretty much shared everything:

Ka nom Bueng Yuan - Stir-fried Shrimp and coconut meat wrapped in egg roll skin. Served with fresh bean sprout and cucumber salad. I've had this more as a crepe - at Bua it's a bit more like a casadilla. This was good if a bit heavy on the pan-frying - great mix of shrimp and coconut flavors.

Crispy Rolls (Veggie Rolls) - Four fried rolls stuffed with glass noodle, carrot, taro and cabbage served with sweet and sour sauce. This is an interesting take on a spring roll, with a tight wrap like a fat straw. I prefer something with more-contents than wrap so I was surprised I liked it as much as I did - I think it's the crunchy texture that makes it appealing.

Tom Kha Gai Soup - authentic coconut soup with galangal, mushrooms, kaffir lime leave, cilantro, and lime juice. This is perhaps the richest coconut chicken soup I've ever had - maybe a bit too rich? Try this one and tell me what you think.

Pad Woon Sen Shrimp and Chicken - Shrimp, chicken, stir-fried with clear noodles, jumbo onion, green onion, red bell pepper, bean sprout, egg and carrot. This is a delicious take on this dish - loved it!

Pad Thai (Chicken only) - rice noodles stir-fried with chicken, egg, bean sprouts, green onion, and topped with ground peanuts and a side of fresh sprouts. The shrimp was intentionally left off this dish.

Massaman Shrimp - sweet and sour Massaman curry, coconut milk with onion, avocado, potato and cashew nut. This had a very distinctive flavor - I don't believe I've ever had it with avocado - quite good.

The service was excellent with very attentive servers - the food came out very quickly. The food portions were a bit on the small side, but then again I'm used to the massive portions at Little Bangkok and Thai Restaurant of Norcross and really, who needs that much food for lunch? In all this is an awesome venue with an interesting take on Thai food to match.

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
BUA Thai and Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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