By Mary Frederiksen, AKA The Happy Cooker
The past two summers, we have visited Nipomo, California for an extended stay vacation. During the summer months, this town offers cool weather with daytime highs in the 70s. This is a vast improvement over our hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, where daytime highs are in the low 100s to 110+.
While much of our time is spent pursuing wine related activities, we have found time to discover new restaurants. We dined at BUNN THAI BISTRO last summer toward the end of our vacation and loved it! We were delighted to see that, this year, it is still going strong with an even larger following among locals and visitors alike. It is a healthy Thai and Asian fusion eatery. They use fresh local ingredients whenever possible and they never use MSG. The menu offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. They use only free range, hormone-free, white meat chicken and organic tofu, assuring there are no synthetic or genetically modified products. If you have any other special dietary needs, let them know, and they will do their best to accommodate you.
Their menu is extensive and, in my opinion, very reasonably priced. The dishes are beautifully presented with all the vegetables artfully cut and perfectly cooked.
When you dine-in, you are greeted by a beautiful painting done by the owner’s niece. The painting is of the Sawade Angel. As I understand, she greets all guests with a respectful friendship that invites you to share in the family’s warm hospitality.
Every dish we have ordered there has been delicious. The flavors are fresh, clean and very aromatic. We have enjoyed all the traditional Thai flavors without the “non-edible” bits of lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves, etc. My favorites include Mar Hor and all of the fresh rolls (strawberry, mango or avocado) on their appetizer menu. The soups are wonderful with full flavors. They offer a wide variety of fish dishes that include salmon, tilapia and basa in a choice of 8 different sauces. There are 17 different stir-fry entrees on this extensive menu, including all the Thai Classics. Six fried rice dishes are offered and the ones we have tried are creative and filling enough to be a main entree.
They are open everyday except Wednesday. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Dinner is served from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Bunn Thai Bistro
968 W. Grand Ave.
Grover Beach, Calif. 93433