Kwan Thai in Pearl River

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I love eggs. So when I saw that Kwan Thai had a Thai omelet with crab on its specials menu, I couldn’t resist.

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It was delicious, especially with the scallions and when mixed with the sriracha and soy sauces.

Kwan is the last stop on my search for the best Thai in Rockland, and I have to say, it’s a good analogy of my quest. At every stop, I’ve found something to make me want to go back. There are great dishes at some restaurants, great service at others, great decor at yet others. At Kwan Thai, there parts of each. But the best part? They make you feel like family.

We arrived in the middle of a wine dinner and could feel the camaraderie in the restaurant. Yes you read that right: a wine dinner, at a Thai restaurant. One of the cool things about Kwan Thai is that there are plenty of choices when it comes to wine… not just pinot grigio or chardonnay. I tried a sauvignon blanc and a reisling and the owner even poured me a taste of the Finger Lakes riesling he was serving with the wine dinner.

Besides the omelet —

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— which as I mentioned was great, we tried the tom kai gai soup:

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As you can see there are drops of chili sauce over the top. I liked the effect — their presence balanced the sweetness of the coconut — but all in all I would have preferred a soup with more depth in the actual broth. Still, a very fine version.

Basil chicken:

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Good flavor, especially on the heat, but a little soupy and oily (you can see it glistening in the photo). I wasn’t a fan of the green peppers. They were in every dish — raw. The chicken was juicy and the anise-y flavor of the basil punctuated the dish.

The green curry was also quite good:

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An array of tastes pass through your mouth while you’re chewing, from sweet at the first moment the bite touches your tongue, to earthy as you’re halfway through to a spicy twang at the end. Very nice.

I was really glad to make a second visit to Kwan Thai. The dishes this time around were very well balanced — and the omelet was delicious. I had a great time during my meal, soaking up the fun atmosphere.

Kwan Thai, 22 E. Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-735-5906. kwanthai.com

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

3 Comments

  1. Up until Kwan Thai opened in Pearl River, my wife and I had never had Thai food. To be honest, we were a little nervous because of all the stereotyping about how spicy the food is. But we gave it a try and realized those stereotyes were dead wrong, and have now become regulars. We love it. Even the kids really love it too, which is a bonus because the food is healthy and fresh. The staff is courteous and will even help you order if you’re unfamiliar with the dishes. We love to try different things, buy my personal favorite is the scallops with green curry. We would highly recommend Kwan Thai to anyone!

  2. Thai Kwan has never let us down. They have an array of menu items with varying degrees of spicyness for everyone in a family. I have tried many of the local Thai spots in the area, and Thai Kwan is the only one that can deliver authentic Thai (really spicy) with flavor. They are very well priced and I recommend that you try it and form your own opinion.

    PS dont tell them you can handle it hot unless you are a real man (or woman). Al

  3. Antonio Quinlan on

    THREE MEALS IN 2006 AND 2007 AND WAY BELOW PAR.
    OVER PRICED FOR QUALITY.
    NOT CLOSE TO AUTHENTIC THE TIMES I WAS THERE.

    EXPERIENCED SOME PERSONAL PROBLEMS WITH MANAGEMENT.

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