Panvimarn: Thai That Stands Up
2010-04-16 · By Chandra Clewley
Panvimarn is a cute Thai restaurant in a precocious spot, located on the corner of Bellflower and Carson in a new shopping center. After pulling into the wrong parking lot and making a couple of u-turns we finally reached the back of the restaurant and were excited to walk through the kitchen area which looked clean and modern.
As a matter of fact, the entire restaurant looked clean and modern, with gold walls, large pieces of Buddhist art, and low lighting. There is a bar on one side of the long, skinny first floor, and tables on the other. Dividing the two is a trickling fountain with what must be a dry ice stream wafting out of it.
We sat down and were immediately greeted by our server who brought us water. We ordered the Cuvaison Chardonnay which was right on price point at $32 for the bottle. I wanted something light, that wasn’t overly buttery from the malolactic acid, or overly toasted from an interminably long sleep in oak barrels. Cuvaison Chardonnay is aged for 8 months, in small French Oak barrels.
We ordered the Siam Spring Rolls for an appetizer. Panvimarn’s spring rolls consisted of silver noodles, cabbage, celery, and carrots which were all rolled together and deep fried.
For dinner, we ordered the Golden Curry which was chicken breast, cooked in a yellow curry coconut sauce with potatoes and carrots. The Scallops Black Pepper which were sautéed jumbo scallops, bell peppers and onions in a black pepper sauce. Lastly, we ordered the Korean Bar-B-Q Beef which was thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame and sake. It was served with fresh kimchee. We also asked for white and brown rice to accompany our food.
The beef dish was our favorite, it was cooked perfectly and the garlic and ginger flavored it well. The kimchee was surprisingly good with it too. The other two dishes were great too, although for me, I would have liked the scallops to be a bit more well done. It might just be an “American thing” though. As a culture, we tend to overcook our food.
Everything went well with the wine. The dipping sauce for the Spring Rolls actually held the most heat and there was a kick to our curry but it was light and complimentary. We were too full for dessert, but the next time we go, we will try their famous Mango Sticky Rice, which is supposed to be great!
All in all, the service was very attentive, and the restaurant operates as a team. The food stood up, although the scallops could have been a bit more cooked. Because of the modern, clean style I would recommend Panvimarn for work functions, casual dates, and a girl’s night out.
Panvimarn is open Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday nights they stay open until 10:30 p.m. Panvimarn also delivers within three miles of their restaurant, if you are lucky enough to live in that distance!
Panvimarn is located at 4101 Bellflower Boulevard suite C, 90808. Call (562) 425-2601 for more information, or check out their website: www.panvimarn.com.