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When you think of Thai food, what comes to mind? If you have convinced yourself that it is not for you, this restaurant begs you to reconsider. A bell rings as you step through the door into a cultural, mind melting experience. Statues, tapestries, fountains, and hanging beads greet visitors, and adorn the entire interior.
Flute music plays in the background, and the dark wood tables are adorned with what appears as gold silverware, and blue elephant salt and pepper shakers. Visitors can expect to be greeted by the owner, or one of her family members. Quiet, quant and rich in cultural experience and family passion, Tum Nuk Thai is a must for exotic food seekers.
The food is always fresh, and flavorful, the menu is long, and houses a wide variety for adventurous or timid tongues. From ginger chicken, to frog legs, fried bananas to garlic beef, egg rolls and dried shrimp, to papaya salad. The Thai tea is sweet, and the experience sweeter. Fresh apples, limes and oranges sit adding flavor to something as simple as the water adding luxury to great prices.
The white rice is soaked in jasmine water, all dishes are adorned with fresh flowers, and if food had personality the food at Tum Nuk would be your adopted uncle with Indiana Jones experience. Mr. Chivori, an avid Tum Nuker tells us how Tum Nuk compares to other Thai restaurants. “Other restaurants are good. They either have great food, and terrible atmosphere or mystery food, and overwhelming décor.
Tum Nuk is great. It’s the right amount of everything. I like that it’s not overcrowded, the food is amazing, and you can’t beat family owned passion.” I have to admit as I try my first dish of egg rolls and amazing beef that my taste buds are dancing with flavor. There is plenty of room for large parties, and private areas for more intimate settings. It’s clean and prices are perfect.
More recently a new corporate Thai restaurant has opened up down the street. Nothing beats the family owned Tum Nuk. Help support this amazing dinning location by making your next meal, an exotic experience. Stepping back outside, my taste buds will never be the same and that makes Tum Nuk a Toonari top pick for Thai food in Largo Florida. Tum Nuk Thai is open Monday- Sunday from 11:30am to 10pm and is located at 11002 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL 33778.
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