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An Anne & Steve review


Their motto is "Have great pleasure dining with us!" and we surely did. If you've only seen Williamstown in the summer then you’ve missed one of the great spring rituals in the Berkshires: Williams' students coming back from spring break and out from winter hibernation. This is a spirited and lively group and make up the better part of the crowd at the many filled tables. The students run the gamut from the bookish to the more athletic-minded to the recently back from the city rural hipster who all mix very well with the professor types and other adult year-rounders in attendance. The décor is mostly sunny and light with little artistic touches from both Thai and Japanese cultures. The location is ideally situated in the middle of the beautiful historic college campus. This little big town is well worth the sightseeing trip from almost anywhere to enjoy the many events constantly taking place around town or in nearby towns. The surrounding natural beauty and architecture cannot be surpassed. When we went, all the tables were taken yet nobody waited for a table very long. The staff gets the tables ready within seconds of being vacated without ever making the patrons feel rushed.

We saw one good-looking middle-aged couple enjoying a leisurely tea and soup with no pressure whatsoever to move on. They seemed in bliss with life, effortlessly conversing while tables around them changed faces over and again. We chatted with at least three of the staff and had all our usual many questions answered. "Is it authentic Thai?" "Yes, but please order from the spicy menu and we highly recommend Gai Gra Praw" (stir fried minced chicken with onion, red pepper, mushrooms and basil in Thai spicy sauce). Steve was leaning towards either of his two Thai favorites, the Drunken Noodle or the pork Basil and Chili, but eventually he took the waitresses good advice and ordered a perfectly prepared, delicious and spicy dish which indeed was real "Thai style".

Anne opted for the chicken green curry which was very good too, but not as green as she likes so they brought extra green chilies in fish sauce over to compensate. Nothing is out of the question here. You just have to ask for it and you shall receive it. The staff is very communicative and patient. We began our meal with Thai soups. Steve had the Tom Yum Goong with shrimp and mushrooms not wanting to test the Tom Yum Gai. After all, who knows if Toms taste so good? I know a Tom and he looks like he tastes terrible. All joking aside, the soup is well seasoned with lemongrass, cilantro, lime juice, scallions and chili making it a sumptuous, spicy, soothing affair. Anne had the flavorful and cleansing Vegetable Coconut Soup which was seasoned with galangal, lime juice and lemongrass. This coconut milk based soup is laden with a variety of fresh vegetables and soft tofu, nothing could be healthier for you and it tastes great too.

We also saw many people happily eating the Japanese food. One couple slowly devoured an artistic looking round dish of sashimi that looked very fresh. We highly recommend this restaurant although it is highly unusual to have these two tastes work well together.

Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant
27 Spring St
Williamstown, MA 01267
413.458-0004
http://www.sushithaigarden.com
Open 7 days a week - Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dinner: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.