Between your local paradise and local BJ’s, avoid the long trek along Buford Highway and head on over to Rain Thai and Sushi Bar instead. When we think of “fusion” restaurants, we typically expect to immerse ourselves into a concept that offers a delightful and surprising culinary feat through the duality of separate cultural cuisines.
But Rain is what we call “polyamorous.” They prefer threeways instead. Their menu highlights staple dishes originating from Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese origins. So whether you’re hankering for Chicken Pad Thai or your addiction to sushi rolls—the answer is clean as Rain. Its location is ideal for all your Asian influenced cravings after your tearjerker at Tara Theater or hours of cruising at our beloved Gay Publix (come on guys, does anyone really ever put anything into their shopping basket there?).
The previous location used to host French-fare cuisine and even though the current establishment is completely different from the previous, one thing remained the same: Rain’s executive chef. In love with the neighborhood, he partnered with several owners to fill a certain gap in Cheshire’s limited options for Asian-fare cuisines. Though Cheshire is littered with Chinese restaurants, Rain offers a convenient avenue to the local community for Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese food.
Rain’s staff is predominantly Thai and the mantra they exhibit is “Sawaddika,” a Thai greeting with the underlying tone of respectful humility. But Rain is not your typical Thai restaurant; they offer some bold, unique flavors like rich Lobster sushi rolls, and Hawaiian Fried Rice that incorporates unexpected ingredients like raisins.
For those of you who are already loyal followers of Rain, there are recent new additions to their already gracious tradition of starting each guest with a complimentary ginger salad and even creating their home-made desserts from scratch like their decadent Coconut Cake. They now sport 8-dollar Bento lunch specials and always host a plethora of 5-dollar cocktail specials from Monday to Thursday.
So what are you waiting for? No need to bring an umbrella.
Sam Gabel is a food columnist for Atlanta-Restaurants.org. Click here for Gabel’s full review on Rain and many other Atlanta restaurants.