By Pamela Brownstein
Is the cute little Thai restaurant near Bellamy Curve on Boundary Street a fabulous place to have lunch? Yes, indeed.
As Beaufort has grown, so have its options for ethnic food. But when Yes! Thai Indeed opened four years ago, it was the only Thai restaurant in town, says owner Narissara Saardwong. This original spot is still extremely popular.
As a starter, half of the Lunch Bunch had a salad with ginger dressing and the other half had the Tom Yum Goong, a shrimp soup specially seasoned with lime juice, lemon grass, hot pepper and mushrooms. I had the soup and it was an aromatic and flavorful way to begin the meal.
We almost all ordered dishes from the daily specials menu. Buck and Nikki both tried the slightly sweet pineapple fried rice with chicken, beef and pork.
Kim had the delicious seafood duo with fried shrimp and scallops, while Elizabeth enjoyed the perfectly cooked crisp basil duck served over white rice with broccoli, peppers and onions. April stayed with the classic Pad Thai.
Tess and I both wanted the mango shrimp. Served over white rice, the blend of mangoes, peppers and onions and giant grilled shrimp in a sweet sauce was outstanding — and colorful, almost too pretty to eat.
Even though we were all pleasantly full, our helpful waiter Kevin brought out two plates of fried bananas with mango ice cream for dessert. The presentation was so lovely, it was too enticing to pass up. The cool
ice cream and whipped cream was just the right contrast to the warm, yet crunchy, sweet bananas. It was melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
“Our goal is to give good service and good food,” said Narissara. She wants people to know that they use fresh ingredients and that the food is not too spicy: it can be made mild or hot, depending on the customer’s specifications.
I have never had a bad meal at Yes! Thai Indeed. My husband and I like to go there for the intimate dining environment, but sometimes when we’re feeling lazy, we just order our food to go. When Beaufort Daily Deals recently offered an attractive deal ($30 worth of food for only $15), we bought it in a hurry. We also like to bring visitors from out of town because the food is so excellent and a real crowd pleaser.
Yes! Thai Indeed is located at 911 Boundary Street, Beaufort. For take out, call 843-986-1185. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner. Friday and Saturday, dinner is from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.