Atchana Homegrown is a Coconut Grove gem made for lovers of all things Thai.
By: Quiqui Ronani
Location: Coconut Grove
Address: 3194 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133
Meal Type: Shared plates
Ambiance: Rustic/Bohemian Vibes
Background Music: Chill Out
What to Wear: Casual Spot
What to expect: We have eaten some pretty solid Thai in our lives, but Atchana’s Homegrown brings the truly authentic taste and spice of Thailand’s cuisine to Miami. Grab a seat at their bohemian bar or sit down next to their beautiful fish tank and order yourself a Singha, get ready to be blown away with flavors.
Atchana is one of several restaurants in the Grove participating in Wine Flight Wednesdays, a special wine and dine deal for $33 per person. Here, you’ll get two glasses of wine or sake, one starter, one entrée, and of course, a dessert. You can take advantage of this deal every Wednesday until September.
The Menu: From your classic Pad Thai and Satay to more exotic dishes like “Son in Law Eggs” (crispy hard boiled eggs with sweet and spicy sauce), there’s something on the menu for both the modest and the adventurous. We recommend getting a few appetizer and main plates to share. The portions are generous and believe us, you’ll want to have some leftovers for work tomorrow. Keep in mind that Atchana’s Thai dishes can be spicy, so definitely let your waiter know if you prefer your curry on the mild side. Side note: Their friendly staff will always drop off an array of hot sauces and spices at your table: use at your own risk!
What to Order: We started off our night with a Wonton Soup and Som Tom Thai, a green papaya salad, peanuts, dried shrimp and palm sugar. This salad was literally, the bomb. The papaya added a savory crunch, and the shrimp had an earthy touch. As for the soup- the full-bodied broth is an awesome dish in itself – and dare we say the wontons were some of the most flavorful in Miami?
For our main course, we ordered the Yellow Chicken Curry and Pad Thai. Poured over a generous portion of jasmine rice, the curry was modestly spicy with a robust coconut aroma (and was even better the next day as the flavors become more concentrated). The Pad Thai was perfectly seasoned and while other Pad Thai is mostly noodle, this one has a healthy portion of pork and shrimp.
We would be lying if we told you we didn’t order dessert. We went classic with the Thai Donuts. Atchana kicks it up a notch by serving three different toppings: chocolate, butterscotch, and coconut.
How to score a table: During the week, you’ll be sure to find a table without reservations, but we recommend making a rez beforehand Friday through Sunday.