- courtesy of sushi station
About a year ago, Pattanit Smansook closed her Stowe restaurant, Red Basil Thai Cuisine, and moved to Mendon, where she opened Thai Pan Authentic Thai Restaurant on Route 4 last summer. About three weeks ago, Smansook expanded into Quechee, where she's now running a take-out sushi and Thai joint on weekends.
Open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Quechee Gorge Village, Sushi Station serves a smattering of dishes familiar to Thai Pan patrons, such as Thai ravioli (steamed pork and shrimp dumplings on a stick), spring rolls, curries and noodles. It also offers a variety of sushi dishes, mostly tried-and-true classics such as spicy tuna and California rolls.
Reached via phone, Smansook says she makes everything herself. She used to live in New York City, where she learned to make sushi and "really loved" it, she says. "So I decided to do sushi here, as well." Weekly trips to a fishmonger in Boston keep Smansook supplied; once the cold weather hits, she says, she'll rely on Ray's Seafood market in Burlington for more of her fish, which she cuts into $1 sushi pieces and works into special rolls.