Sign up for news and special offers from Dining Out
A La Carte

Thai Lao makes itself at home

By Lynsey Beth Futa Photos By LAWRENCE TABUDLO
September 27, 2015

See more articles from

Thai Lao Restaurant’s second location has been making an impression on Pearl City natives, and the consensus is that the eatery — which serves a combination of Laotian, Thai and Vietnamese foods — is welcomed and here to stay.

Having opened their double wooden doors in February of this year, co-owners Victor Chaleunxay and his wife Phayvanh continue to serve the same high-quality food as their first Kapolei location with an unwavering determination to provide the best service to their customers.


Although being one of only a select few Thai eateries in the area, Victor still has a plan to set Thai Lao further apart. “The Thai food in Hawaii seems to be all similar, nothing too exotic; but to be different, we offer more space and have a private room for parties,” he shares.

This private room is perfect for any occasion, get-together or celebration, and can hold up to 50 people. The restaurant also has a BYOB option, which always is appreciated.

As for the food, diners can expect top-notch flavors. The care that Thai Lao takes in preparing its food can best be described in one dish: Pad-Ki Mao (Drunkard’s Noodle). The price varies according to what you supplement the dish with (chicken, beef or pork is $10.95; shrimp or seafood is $12.95; and vegetables with tofu are $9.95), but any choice would be a good one. Thick chow fun noodles are stir-fried with

Aloun Farm basil grown in Kapolei, as well as chilies, garlic and a flavor-packed “special house sauce.”

A new neighbor has moved into town and this time, it’s an agreeable and delicious change.

Thai Lao Restaurant

803 Kamehameha Hwy., Ste. 203, Pearl City
456-8088
Daily, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.