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My Thai Table and Lounge boasts fresh ingredients, bountiful flavors

New Granite Bay restaurant has daily happy hour specials
By: Sena Christian, Granite Bay View
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My Thai Table and Lounge owner Sonia Narasaki believes she possesses the two ingredients to make her new Granite Bay restaurant a success: great food and word-of-mouth.

She's been hearing lots of positive reviews, especially regarding her Pad Thai, which features rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts, green onions, tofu, ground peanuts and tamarind served with fresh shredded cabbage, carrots and a lime wedge.

One customer recently told Narasaki he'd heard she had the "best Pad Thai in the whole Sacramento area." When he'd finished eating, he told the owner he planned to tell all of his 2,000 Facebook friends the same thing.

"We've been having a lot of great word-of-mouth and we're very happy," Narasaki said. "And this location is beautiful."

The location is a corner space in the Quarry Ponds Plaza, which overlooks a nature preserve. There are tables and couch seating outside with umbrellas to shade out the sun.

My Thai Table opened in May, and the dishes come from recipes from Narasaki's mother and from the restaurant's chef. Narasaki was born in Thailand to a Thai mother and a Japanese father who served in the military. She moved to the United States more than three decades ago.

On a recent afternoon, I decided to try out My Thai Table and entered the eatery, greeted by the sound of jazz music lightly playing in the background. A modern-like jukebox, called Touch iTunes, is mounted to a wall and connects to the Internet, allowing access to all sorts of musical genres.

My Thai Table is decorated in shades of blue - a welcoming and calming color, Narasaki said - and flooded with natural light. In addition to standard dining tables, a section of comfortable sofa seating occupies one corner of the restaurant. Delicious smells permeate the restaurant.

The eatery offers beer and wine, and daily happy hour specials. But this place is also kid-friendly, and even has a children's menu with chicken nuggets, spaghetti, corn dogs, mini burgers and more.

My dining companions and I ordered the Pad Thai for $9.95, Yellow Curry for $9.95 and Sweet and Sour Chicken for $8.95, which was the chef's special on this particular day.

Narasaki emphasizes high-quality presentation and the dishes were colorful and tasty looking.

"I think when food is presented beautifully it makes the dish more appetizing and enjoyable," she said.

The Pad Thai, as expected, did not disappoint. In fact, my friend said the dish exceeded his expectations.

"That was probably the best Pad Thai I've eaten," he said. "No joke. It's kind of sweet but tangy. It tastes like it has light barbecue flavor to it."

My other friend had the Sweet and Sour Chicken and praised the food's flavor and fresh taste. Narasaki uses herbs and vegetables she purchases from a local farmers market.

"I believe we're very authentic, very flavorful," she said. "I buy anything I can get from the farmers market when it's in season. That's very important to me."

I thoroughly enjoyed the vegetarian yellow curry. My favorite part of this dish is the potatoes, but usually restaurants scrimp on this ingredient. I was happy to find several large chunks of potatoes - and onion and carrot - in my bowl of coconut milk and yellow curry sauce.

My Thai Table and Lounge is not to be missed. Come enjoy the inviting atmosphere and be prepared for a thoroughly delightful culinary experience.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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My Thai Table and Lounge

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour specials from 5-7 p.m. daily.

Location: 5550 Douglas Blvd., Suite 200 in Granite Bay

Info: Call (916) 791-4111 or visit www.mythaitable.com