Thai Lao makes itself at home

A La Carte Columns

September 27, 2015

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

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
Daily, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Pearl City, HI 96782

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