Dining Spotlight: Thai Paradise
Dec 29, 2017 12:34PM
Thai Paradise, 2770 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-984-8988, thaiparadisefolsom.com
I remember dining at Thai Paradise several years ago, but things have changed. The previously small, quiet restaurant has morphed into a bigger, bustling success story. The food was excellent back then, but had not reached the level of popularity it now enjoys.
One of my all-time favorite appetizers is Angel Wings. Thai Paradise has them, and they’re fantastic. I'm not sure what they charge for the labor-intensive (I’ve made them at home and can attest!) flavor bombs, but whatever it is, they’re worth every penny. A whole wing is deboned, then stuffed with ground chicken, noodles, garlic, and ginger, before being battered, deep-fried, and accompanied by a special honey plum sauce. If you like wings, these are a must.
Next was the Eggplant Delight. I know eggplant is one of those polarizing foods people either love or hate, but count me in the love-it camp. This version featured delicate pieces of aubergine with red bell peppers, onions, garlic, basil, and jalapeños in a dark, slightly sweet sauce, and a pronounced piquant flavor from the latter ingredient. I ordered it with beef, which was thinly sliced and perfect alongside the Thai aromatics.
My favorite entrée of the day was the Spicy Curry Noodles (ordered with shrimp). Though all the curries and sauces are made in-house—which is not the case in many establishments—this brilliant yellow curry has apparently been a family treasure for generations…at least that’s my romanticized presumption. Served with flat rice noodles, red bell peppers, onions, snow peas, bamboo shoots, green beans, bean sprouts, basil, and roasted onions in a soul-soothing sauce, it’s quintessential Thai adapted for American tastes. Order it spicy or mild, as with all their dishes, to suit your taste.
I was joined by family just as I was deliberating the wisdom of dessert, deducing that I now could cut the calories by 1/4 if I ordered three extra spoons. With no debate from the group, the decision was made. Just ordering fried ice cream kinda brings out the kid in everyone, and when the waitress lights it on fire, you can imaginge four adults—spoons in hand—attacking the coconut-scented, flaming ball of frozen delight like a bunch of kids at a birthday party. Good times, indeed.
With friendly staff, first-rate fare, and reasonable prices, don’t miss Folsom’s very own taste of Thai paradise.
11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)
Angel Wings, Thai Iced Tea, Spicy Curry Noodles, Pad Thai, Eggplant Delight, Thai Basil, Drunken Noodles, Fried Ice Cream
Beer and wine
Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday (includes appetizers and drink discounts); lunch specials served seven days a week; catering available; numerous vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options; can accommodate spice levels; everything made in-house (curries, sauces, etc.); protein choices include chicken, beef, pork, tofu, vegetables, shrimp, scallops, salmon, calamari, and duck
By Lorn Randall