Wow, this place is yet another jewel in the Grand Central District! My family and I have heard a number of great things about Nitally's from friends and acquaintances, and we just had to give it a try one evening. Plus, it sounded interesting to hear about Thai-Mex fusion food. From the outside, the restaurant is rather inconspicuous, but step inside and all of that changes. The walls are painted in soft pastels and asian art adorns the walls. We particularly enjoyed a framed art pieced that had two scorpions inside. Oh, and I must not forget the budha statues. That tables were also covered in soft pastel colored cloths and the benches had cushions for comfort. A big chalkboard adorned the back wall with a extensive list of hot and cold drinks along with some specials. Overall, they environment was peaceful and it just made you want to relax, get comfy, and stay awhile.
We were met with a cheerful smile upon entering, even though we arrived about a half an hour before closing time. We got to pick our own table and our server took our drink order and gave us a little time to look over the menu. My husband, the vegetarian, was happy to see that a lot of dishes could be made vegetarian or vegan, upon request. We started with the spring rolls. They were delicious and came with a nice sweet and spicy dipping sauce. For our entrees, we ordered the Yellow Curry Rice, the Garlic Shrimp, and Pad Prik Khing. We ordered the Yellow Curry Rice with vegetables, and it was mouthwatering, spicy, and flavorful. Full of tasty green onion, brocoli, carrots, and a bit of garlic and loved by us meat eaters, also. The Garlic Shrimp was just as wonderful as the dish before it. There was plenty of shrimp for my son and I to share along with carrots and cilantro on top to enhance the flavor. The dish came with white rice that was great for mixing with the garlicky sauce. The final dish I want to mention is the Pad Prik Khing. This was one of the dishes that we requested to be vegetarian and the cook was able to make it that way. Also, we added tofu to it. The tofu soaked up all that good red curry flavor and we enjoyed the green beans in the dish. This dish also included white rice.
This is really a wonderful place and the spicy and fresh flavors were just the thing to tempt our taste buds. The only regret I have is that there were so many things I wanted to try, and it was so hard to choose when ordering. Next time I go, I would like to try some of the fusion dishes listed on the menu. Perhaps the Panang Burrito. The service was very friendly and prompt. My family and I look forward to working our way down the menu.
2462 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL 33712