Owners Amy Karnani and Executive Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan opened Songkran Thai Kitchen in Uptown Park in 2014. With the success and popularity of their Uptown location, the duo decided to open a second restaurant in Sugar Land Town Square called Songkran Thai Grill.
Songkran Thai Grill features Northeastern Thailand cuisine with a cooking style reminiscent of Chef Jett's home town. The menu features shareable dishes that encourage hands-on, family style dining. Chef Jett blends fresh and exotic ingredients to create food that is simple yet bursting with flavor.
The Sugar Land restaurant is a beautiful and elegant space. The sleek red and black decor is accented with art murals and brick walls. The bar program contains a nice selection of craft beer, sake, wine and hand-crafted drinks. The cocktails feature Thai ingredients that combine into unique flavor combinations. The Black Basil includes tamarind syrup and Thai basil. The Songkran Sour has a splash of lemongrass syrup and the spicy Kamala Beach uses fresh juices and Thai chilies.
Songkran is named after a famous three day water festival in Thailand. The Songkran Festival marks the beginning of the Thai New Year. This year it was celebrated April 13-15, 2016. Lucky members of the Houston Food Blogger Collective were invited to an exclusive cooking demo by Chef Jett. We learned how to make Goong Pao Shrimp and Angry Sauce. After marinating in fresh spices, the shrimp were grilled with heads on and the result was a delightful dish of flavorful succulent shrimp. This was one big shareable dish and as is encouraged at Songkran Thai grill, we ate together as a family - with our hands.
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