Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines. While I am not of Thai descent, I still consider it a comfort food. The combination of spices, the sweet, sour, salty, hot flavors and the sticky rice all combine to put a smile on my face on the worst of days. Corner Gourmet is Thai taken up a notch. Located in the historic 555 Building in Stuart, it is an unassuming little eatery. Décor is simple. Even its name conceals the delightful cuisine prepared within. I did however, get a hint from the picture of his lunch my husband posted a week earlier.
Curry is generally my go-to meal when I eat Thai, but I decided to go in a different direction and ordered the Thai Basil Chicken. When my dish was served, I was immediately delighted by the incredible aroma. The sauce was sweet and spicy, with delicious licorice flavored basil. The tender chicken was surrounded by fresh, still crunchy vegetables. The jasmine rice was cooked expertly and the balance to the dish, allowing me to savor every drop of sauce.
My husband ordered three-flavor calamari with eggplant with brown rice. Calamari is tricky—it must be cooked for just a few minutes or for a few hours. Anything in between results in rubber rings. This calamari was tender. Eggplant can be mushy when overdone, but this wasn’t. The brown rice had a bit of a nutty taste. Never have I enjoyed healthy eating so much!
I’ll let you in on another secret about Corner Gourmet. All of this deliciousness is created by Chef Apinya. She and her husband, Brian (who runs Corner Gourmet with her) are the former owners of Seven Orchids. So if you’ve been missing Chef Apinya’s cooking, you now know where to find it.
So, next time you are near downtown Stuart and craving some Thai deliciousness, check out Corner Gourmet. You’ll be happy that you did.
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