Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar Review

Category : Thai

Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar - view of restaurant from outsideGalanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar is direct competition with Siam Cuisine, a Thai/Sushi restaurant located a block down the street in this booming section of Wilton Manors.

It’s unique architecture from the outside makes it easy to spot.  Parking was a little hard to come by, even though half the restaurant was empty.

Dining options include indoor and outdoor, but the outdoor section seemed like it was closed off for lunch (which is when I did my review).

Once seated inside, you can quickly appreciate what Galanga offers.  It feels like it is part art gallery and part New York loft, with a touch of Miami thrown in. Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar - browsing the Thai lunch menu It makes for a little bit of a sterile environment, but it is unique and exciting non the less.  It does seem like the restaurant can easily get noisy due to the shape of the ceiling… sounds bouncing off at odd angles.

The menu is large and offers many Thai dishes and Sushi options.  Dinner prices look like they are quite a bit heftier than lunch, so thankfully the lunch menu has some nice options.

Todd reviews the Chicken Panang Curry:

Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar - Chicken Panang CurryMy go to dish when I eat Thai is the Panang Curry.  While I enjoy other dishes such as Pad Thai and Red Curry, nothing beats the perfect spice mixture that Panang offers.

I enjoy this dish so much in fact I’ve learned to make it at home, and I very aware of the ingredients that go into it.

When my lunch arrived, it was presented in a typical fashion, with the scoop of rice on the plate and the curry in a separate bowl.

The good…  The bowl is large and full of a nice mix of vegetables.  There were many different varieties including green beans, sugar snaps, red pepper, broccoli, carrots and of course the chicken.  The curry was perfectly spicy which was aggressive without ever going over the edge.

The not as good… The scoop of rice looks like it was made with an ice cream scooper, and is really just a little small.  There were also too many carrots in this dish, which sweetened it more than it needed to be.  The curry itself, while offering a variety of ‘goodies’, was over powered by kaffir lime leaves.Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar - too many Kaffir Lime leaves This is a leaf put into the curry as it is cooking which gives off a tangy and distinct flavor.  I like what this flavor does to this dish, but when you add to many it gets perfumy and it takes on the primary flavor of the dish (which masks the spices).  You can see from this photo I picked out about a dozen leaves.  This dish only needs two or three.

Don’t get me wrong, the meal wasn’t bad, but it certainly needed a little more effort in order to compete with Siam Cuisine’s Panang Curry, which is quite frankly the best Panang I’ve had.

With this dish coming in at $10, a part of me has a feeling I am paying for artsy ambiance rather than perfect Thai cuisine.

Todd’s score: 75/100
Pros: Unique restaurant with nice view of 700 gallon fish tank, good mix of vegetables in curry
Cons: taste wasn’t up to par, small scoop of rice, price was going toward ambiance instead of food.

Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar - looking through the restaurant Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar - 700 gallon fish tank Galanga Thai Kitchen and Sushi Bar - view from inside restaurant

Siam Cuisine Thai and Sushi Review


Category : Thai

Siam Cuisine - View of the restaurantSiam Cuisine is located just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale in the small burb of Wilton Manors.

Parking is often an issue if you are coming at peak lunch time.  However, if you don’t mind walking a couple minutes there is a large lot just north of the restaurant.

Getting to Siam Cuisine will require folks from downtown Fort Lauderdale to hop in a car and drive for about 5 minutes.  It’s a straight shot north on 3rd avenue when driving from downtown.

Siam Cuisine focuses on making Thai food, and with a recent expansion to the restaurant is now offering Sushi as well.

The atmosphere is elegant and classy, with a clean, natural decor that feels just right.  The staff is also very friendly and welcoming.  Pricing is average with most lunch entrees coming in between $7 and $9.

Todd’s Review of the Panang Curry:

Siam Cuisine - Panang Curry with shrimp and veggiesPanang Curry (for those who don’t know) is a rich sauce made of a variety of authentic Thai spices mixed in with coconut milk, fish sauce, peanuts, bamboo shoots, bell peppers and commonly chicken or shrimp.  The curry is the source of all that condenssed flavor and spicy heat.

Siam Cuisine has to be one of the most consistent retaurants I know of.  Every time I order this dish it is a mirror image of the last meal I ordered… a perfect version of Panang Curry everytime!  The meal is served with a large scoop of Jasmine Rice and makes for a nice sized lunch.  Every bite is overwelming with flavor and you’ll find yourself enjoying the spicy kick this dish offers.  Be sure to ask for water often because after a few bites you’ll need to put out that small blaze in your mouth.  For those of you afraid of the heat, you can ask for a mild version too.

There are many Thai places in the area that offer this dish, but I have to admit that my favorite is always Siam Cuisine’s version.  It’s the perfect balance of everything and sure to be a winner!

Todd’s Score: 93/100
Pros: Great tasting dish, decent size, best panang curry I know of.
Cons: Parking is often a problem.

Siam Cuisine - Seating Area Siam Cuisine - Sushi Bar Siam Cuisine - Menu Siam Cuisine - Panang Curry with Shrimp and veggies Siam Cuisine - Panang Curry and Pad Thai