By Wendy White Philcox, Publisher
Photography by Richard Kniffen, Publisher, and staff
Opened in 2017, the owner of Baitong Thai Sushi transformed a well appointed Asian restaurant into a sparkling jewel and introduced a menu of authentic Thai cuisine and artfully presented sushi and sashimi.
Owner Wanchai Juangpolngam (he likes to be called “Nong”) is from the small town of Nakhon Ratchasima, in northeastern Thailand. He has 26 years of experience in the food industry either cooking, being a waiter or owning a restaurant. He traveled all over the world for 5 years as a waiter on a cruise ship.
With additional friends and kitchen staff who moved here from Ft. Lauderdale, Nong opened Baitong on May 1, 2017. It didn’t take long for word to get out about how fresh and authentic the food is.
Nong and his excellent waitstaff want diners to feel like they are specials guests in his home. You will likely be greeted by Nong himself.
Authentic Thai specialties are made with traditional herbs and spices with your choice of seafood, chicken, beef, duckling or veggies. Each dish is made-to-order depending on your taste and tolerance for heat—Thai-style noodles, curries, pad thai and stirfry. House specialties include Thai Surf and Turf, featuring melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon and lobster; Crispy Grouper served with sweet and spicy chili sauce; and Delightful Duck, a crispy roast duck with a sweet-sour tamarind sauce.
Authentic flavors extend to the beverage and dessert lists too. Thai tea is a delightful concoction of strong, flavorful black tea topped with sweet, creamy milk. Diners can select from a collection of premium sakes as well as a wide selection of domestic and imported beer and wine.
Desserts include Mango Sticky Rice, a sweet rice pudding-like dome topped with thinly sliced mango slices and Thai Donuts, crunchy medallions of fried dough served with a dipping sauce made with sweetened condensed milk topped with chopped nuts.
The other focus of Baitong is sushi and this team of Thai culinarians distinguish themselves from the competition by using the freshest sushi-grade fish and products available. Then Baitong’s sushi chefs go one step further, creating unique signature rolls that you won’t find anywhere else such as the Lobster Bomb Roll, which uses an entire lobster tail.
With presentations that are like art you can eat—food as beautiful as it is delicious—Baitong’s plates and platters are regularly met with oohs and aahs.
In the evening, the restaurant glows with beautiful lighting and buzzes with the sounds of happy customers who thrive on the attention of the outstanding waitstaff. Baitong also delivers and does a brisk business of takeout and delivery food orders.
For special occasions or just because, the happy din of the dining room will come to a halt for the rowdy noise of a table partaking in a Sake Bomb. Participants are all presented with a full glass of beer with a cup of sake balanced on chopsticks over a full glass of beer. As the entire table chants “Sake Bomb! Sake Bomb!” the staff signals the final time with a loud bang on the table, which drops the sake into the glass of beer. Then everyone drinks!
Festivity and outstanding fare is a winning combination at Baitong every day of the week—food and an experience that is good for the soul.
Baitong Thai Sushi serves lunch and dinner daily and offers dine in and takeout service.
“IN THE EVENING, THE RESTAURANT GLOWS WITH BEAUTIFUL LIGHTING AND BUZZES WITH THE SOUNDS OF HAPPY CUSTOMERS WHO THRIVE ON THE ATTENTION OF THE OUTSTANDING WAITSTAFF.”
“...DELICIOUS THAI ICED TEA [IS] MADE
FROM STRONGLY BREWED BLACK TEA
SPICED WITH STAR ANISE, CRUSHED TAMARIND AND CARDAMOM... THEN SWEETENED WITH SUGAR AND
SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK FOR A CREAMY TASTE SENSATION.”
Bai Tong Thai Sushi
3915 A1A South, Suite 1 • Anastasia Island
(904) 461-9488 • BaiTongThaiSushi.com