Where Cultures, Cuisine ConvergeFeatures Order of the Day
June 14, 2015
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
By offering an eclectic menu composed of Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian favorites, Thai Lao Restaurant is the ideal dining destination with selections the entire family will enjoy.
The sibling ownership team of Victor and Wince Chaleunxay first opened Thai Lao in Kapolei four years ago and recently launched their second location along Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City Business Plaza. The newly renovated restaurant features a warm, inviting atmosphere with pictures and relics from exotic locations around the world adorning the walls.
“We specialize in Thai food, but we also introduced Laotian and Vietnamese options to offer more variety for local families,” Victor says. “This is like a home to us, and I bring my family here. When customers dine here, I want them to feel like they’re invited into my house to enjoy a special meal.”
Diners rave about Pla Tod Mun, or Fishcake Patties ($9.95), a tasty appetizer composed of minced fish mixed with long bean, kaffir lime leaves and served with a savory house-made sauce. Sai Oua, or Laotian Sausage ($10.95), is another popular item that features pork sausage filled with lemongrass and a secret blend of spices to add a noticeable kick.
Speaking of kicking up the dining experience, Panang Curry with Shrimp ($12.95) does just that, as the classic Thai dish incorporates Bangkok-style curry with kaffir lime leaves, red and green bell peppers, fresh basil, long beans, peas and carrots. Caramelized Catfish in a Clay Pot ($13.95) represents another must-try selection for seafood enthusiasts.
Thai Lao offers multiple varieties of Pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup, including Beef Combo ($12.95) with a hearty helping of noodles and fresh vegetables coupled with thinly sliced beef, meatballs, tripe, brisket and tendon in a tasty broth. Fried Fish with Chili Sauce ($24.95) is as delicious as it is beautiful, with deep-fried pompano smothered in a tangy sauce, bell peppers and onions.
With an ongoing, busy graduation season, Thai Lao also features a private dining room capable of hosting up to 40 guests — the perfect option for graduation parties, birthday celebrations and other special events. The restaurant also has a BYOB policy that allows diners to bring their own beer and wine to enjoy along with their favorite menu items.
“It’s like when you go to a party, you grab a few beers, eat and enjoy — that’s the concept I want to create,” Victor adds.
Thai Lao Restaurant
Pearl City Business Plaza
803 Kamehameha Hwy. #203, Pearl City
Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.