By Wendy White Philcox, Publisher and Staff
Opened in 2017, Bai Tong brought much-needed authentic Thai cuisine and fresh sushi to the St. Augustine dining scene. Chef/Owner Wanchai Juangpolngam (he likes to be called “Nong”) is from the small town of Nakhon Ratchasima, in northeastern Thailand. He has 25 years of experience in the food industry either cooking, being a waiter or owning a restaurant. He even traveled all over the world for five years as a waiter on a cruise ship!
With additional friends and kitchen staff who moved here from Ft. Lauderdale, Nong opened shop on May 1, 2017. It didn’t take long for word to get out about how fresh and authentic the food is and now the dining room is filled with diners who can’t get enough. Nong and his excellent waitstaff want diners to feel like they are specials guests in their home. You will likely be greeted by Nong himself or Dah Say (known as Pitt), who, as front-of-house manager, is committed to bringing Thai hospitality to each guest.
Using the freshest seafood, Bai Tong’s excellent sushi chef creates art you can eat. Every plate is as beautiful as it is delicious. Bai Tong’s one-of-a-kind “Lobster Bomb,” is a tempura-fried Florida lobster tail incorporated into a jaw-dropping, super-sized sushi roll. Laced with tempura flakes and crab and topped with masago and spicy mayo, it is the perfect introduction to Bai Tong.
In the back-of-the-house, native Thai chefs prepare authentic Thai specialties using traditional herbs and spices with seafood, chicken, beef, duckling and veggies. Each dish is made to order depending on your taste and tolerance for heat. Choose from traditional Thai-style noodles, curries, pad thai and stirfrys or the unique list of house specialties such as 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 tamarind sauce. Nine pages of intriguing menu items will keep you coming back to try them all!
You will want to also try a delicious Thai iced tea, made from strongly brewed black tea spiced with star anise, crushed tamarind and cardamom. This brew is then sweetened with sugar and sweetened condensed milk, and served over ice for a creamy taste sensation. Bai Tong also offers wine, beer and premium sake. If you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps a sake flight or a Sake Bomb for the entire table is a fun way to celebrate any occasion! A cup of sake is balanced over a glass of beer and the staff joins in with your table with the chant of “Sake Bomb!” 1-2-3-Bang and the sake falls through the chopsticks it was balanced on and into the beer and everyone drinks!
Bai Tong’s motto is “Good food for living a healthy lifestyle,” and Nong and his outstanding team deliver, offering high quality, healthful cusine at reasonable prices.
Bai Tong Thai Sushi serves wine, beer and sake. Open Tues.-Fri. at 11 a.m. and Sat-Sun. at 12 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Dine in or take out. Delivery available.
“EACH DISH IS MADE TO ORDER
DEPENDING ON YOUR TASTE AND TOLERANCE FOR HEAT.”
“...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