We had heard on glutenfreeedmonton that Sukothai on 104 ave and 116 street in Edmonton was a Celiac & allergen friendly restaurant so we decide to drop by last night. We arrived around 5pm and we were the first ones there. The back page of the menu says Celiac and Allergen Friendly, which is a great way start to a meal. I told our server I was Celiac and he immediately showed me the things I could –not- have, which was easier than what I could have because almost everything on the menu was GF or was easily made GF. How often does -that- happen. All he asked was that I remind him when I placed the order so he could get it right.
There are no appetizers on the menu that are GF as they are all deep fried but he told us for long time customers and Celiacs, there was an off menu item which they could do. This was a rice wrap stuffed with shrimp, mint, cilantro, lettuce and something I couldn’t quite figure out. It came with a mild peanut chili sauce. This was one of the better rice wraps I have ever tried. I asked why it wasn’t on the regular menu and was told that they were often too popular and they take a lot of time to prepare. I can vouch for this as I make them at home. If it’s busy they might not be able to make them for you.
The main course was out right when we were finished the wraps. Our mains were the Green Chicken Curry & Lemongrass noodles with a side of coconut rice. The curry was mild and rich with great flavours of kaffir lime and Thai basil. I assume it was Thai basil. It could have been regular fresh basil but it is a Thai restaurant 🙂 I make green curry all the time but I’ve not used basil in it. I will be using it from now on. I loved it. The lemon grass noodles were my favourite. Lots of crisp stir fried veggies, (I hate soggy veggies in stir fry), shrimp, thick rice noodles, a mildly spiced sauce, well balanced with lemon grass. Often lemon grass is overpowering, but this got it just right. Both the mains were a bit on the mild side for our tastes but we’ll ask for extra heat next time we go.
The coconut rice was a nice side but we found it a bit too sweet but we -are- brown rice eaters so we find even plain white rice sweet. We ordered the small and that was a lot of rice for 2 people.
Everything was prepared and presented very nicely.
Sukothai obviously knows how to deal with people with food allergies & intolerances. Of the 4 tables that were seated, there was one table with Celiac, one with a peanut allergy and one with a shellfish allergy. I’m amazed that a restaurant serving Asian cuisine could (or would) accommodate those two allergies. The server was well informed and simply said “sure we can do that” (but not in a scary-I-don’t-understand-what-that-means-but-it’s-no-big-deal way)
The wine list is pretty basic but they do have one of our favourites, Wyndham 555 Shiraz by the bottle. We chose the house red which is the Mission Hill Merlot from B.C. They have a Mission Hill white as well but I don’t remember what it is. Only house wines are available by the glass or ½ litre. Beer selection is poor but we’re GF so that’s not a big deal right?
Dinner for 2 was around $80 with wine and a nice tip for the great –safe- service. Reservations weren’t required.
Well done Sukothai.