(Hartsville, SC) Good Grief this Pee Dee Chef is excited! Recently I had lunch at Bow Thai Kitchenin Hartsville; my second visit. As a chef I am typically more critical than most. As a restaurant owner, I am typically very hard to please. I can say that I had a dining experience that not only satisfied my cleanliness demands, but also exceeded my taste demands!
We started with Calamari, Spring Rolls and Chicken Satay. The Calamari was like eating butter. It was so soft and tender with just enough coating that it didn’t mask the flavor of the tender rings of goodness. Bow Thai’s Spring Rolls crunchy skin with the freshness of crisp cabbage inside. While the Chicken Satay was about average, it was still tender and good. It included a typical peanut sauce that was also delicious.
Authenticity is important to the chefs at Bow Thai Kitchen, as noted on the restaurant’s website: “Here at Bow Thai Kitchen we believe a restaurant is only as strong as its food. We make regular trips to Thai Marketsas far as Charlotte, NC and Washington, D.C. to get the right ingredients. Pitchsinee Jiratra-anant, owner and graduate of the Wandee Culinary Institute of Bangkok, works side-by-side with our Thai cooking staff to ensure our food is authentic.”
Next we ordered the Green Curry Bowl to share, choosing both chicken and shrimp. All I can say is WOW!
Bow Thai Kitchen is clean and has an open layout … maybe too open. Then again our meal was interrupted by an obnoxious diner that felt compelled to carry on a conversation on his cell phone just loud enough for everyone to hear. By the way, unless you are waiting for an organ transplant, nothing is so important that you can’t put down a cell phone long enough to enjoy your fellow dining guests.
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I have visited twice and have not been impressed and not been back since November. Now this saddens me as I do love Thai food and was really excited they were coming to town. To me the prices and the amount of food was not compatible, and the food really wasn't that flavorable. With that being said, if anyone can prove to me they have improved then maybe I will be willing to try them again
I'm so glad you did this review. We live just outside Florence off I-20, so Hartsville is not a bad drive for us at all. I have wondered about this restaurant, but have never been. I've never had Thai food, and your overview of what your selections was extremely helpful. We will definitely be checking out Bow Thai!