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Thailand Shark Fin Restaurant
泰国鱼翅馆
10:30am - 9:30pm
10 Shenglong St. (Behind American Consulate)
领事馆路盛隆街10号(美领馆后边)
028 8522 0393
For a region that so does loveth the spice, it is somewhat ironic that the local version of “curry” dishes are as limp and bland as a Szechuan beef served in Kansas City. So it was with some trepidation that we tried the beef curry at the elegant, semi-upscale Thai Lin restaurant, located near the American consulate and across the street from the Feima gallery. But thankfully, the cooks managed to get their Thai curry reasonably close to an authentic version, sweet and tangy, and boasting liberal quantities of coconut milk.

The restaurant is most inviting upon entry: a subtle ceramic fountain greets guests, and busts of the Buddha and various folksy ornaments adorning the walls provide a suitably ‘Thai’ environment. The tables, featuring purple runners and fresh-cut flowers, provide an intimate atmosphere suitable for couples or small groups. The photo-heavy menu is bilingual, and sports a decent collection of appetizers, curries, seafood and desserts.

The assorted vegetables (18RMB) were fresh and not overly cooked, with a delicious fish sauce that managed to avoid any Sichuanese tendencies. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for the pineapple rice, which at 38RMB, should do better than its ho-hum pork floss and spam effort. Curries, offered not in colors (red or green) but meats (shrimp, beef, chicken) start at 38RMB and passed muster as a fairly authentic, saucy swim. A Tom Yam hotpot (68RMB) sounded appetizing, but vegetarians beware, many of the vegetable dishes are dressed-up versions of local Sichuanese fare. The desserts looked great; including mango sticky rice (28RMB) and taro cakes (18RMB), but sadly the kitchen had closed before we could order.

Generally, prices run between 40-80RMB per dish, so look to spend about 40-60RMB per person. Beer, though not always cold, is available. Service was generally appalling. We came after 9:00pm when they had ran out of curry sauce, so arriving early may be a smart idea. Overall, Thai Lin offers unspectacular Thai food at above-average prices, and while it may not match up with Fiesta or other local Thai big names, its pleasant environment and decent selection provides welcome diversity to the neighborhood.



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For a region that so does loveth the spice, it is somewhat ironic that the local version of “curry” dishes are as limp and bland as a Szechuan beef served in Kansas City. So it was with some trepidation that we tried the beef curry at the elegant, semi-upscale Thai Lin restaurant, located near the American consulate and across the street from the Feima gallery. But thankfully, the cooks managed to get their Thai curry reasonably close to an authentic version, sweet and tangy, and boasting liberal quantities of coconut milk.

The restaurant is most inviting upon entry: a subtle ceramic fountain greets guests, and busts of the Buddha and various folksy ornaments adorning the walls provide a suitably ‘Thai’ environment. The tables, featuring purple runners and fresh-cut flowers, provide an intimate atmosphere suitable for couples or small groups. The photo-heavy menu is bilingual, and sports a decent collection of appetizers, curries, seafood and desserts.
The assorted vegetables (18RMB) were fresh and not overly cooked, with a delicious fish sauce that managed to avoid any Sichuanese tendencies. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for the pineapple rice, which at 38RMB, should do better than its ho-hum pork floss and spam effort. Curries, offered not in colors (red or green) but meats (shrimp, beef, chicken) start at 38RMB and passed muster as a fairly authentic, saucy swim. A Tom Yam hotpot (68RMB) sounded appetizing, but vegetarians beware, many of the vegetable dishes are dressed-up versions of local Sichuanese fare. The desserts looked great; including mango sticky rice (28RMB) and taro cakes (18RMB), but sadly the kitchen had closed before we could order.

Generally, prices run between 40-80RMB per dish, so look to spend about 40-60RMB per person. Beer, though not always cold, is available. Service was generally appalling. We came after 9:00pm when they had ran out of curry sauce, so arriving early may be a smart idea. Overall, Thai Lin offers unspectacular Thai food at above-average prices, and while it may not match up with Fiesta or other local Thai big names, its pleasant environment and decent selection provides welcome diversity to the neighborhood.


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