Tantalizing Thai Fare

A La Carte Columns

October 16, 2016

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

Tom Yum Lobster ($29)

Tom Yum Lobster ($29)

Elegant Noi Thai Cuisine in Royal Hawaiian Center (third floor) is often described as being fit for royalty. And while the fine-dining restaurant owns its regal status with exquisite food, traditional Thai decor, breathtaking presentation and top-notch service, it also is quickly being noticed for its progressive cooking methods.

With the holidays quickly approaching, venture to Waikiki for Noi Thai’s unique dining experience, which takes Thai cuisine and creates art through science. Reserve one of the establishment’s private dinging rooms, which seat 8-10 people, for your special-event or holiday party.


Noi Thai’s Tom Yum Lobster ($29) is made tableside, and includes a hot infusion siphon to freshly brew the famous spicy and sour soup for each order. Using a contraption that incorporates two glass chambers — the top is filled with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, tomatoes, red chilies, spring onions and parsley, while the bottom holds homemade chicken broth, fish sauce and fresh lime juice — the liquid mixture is heated on the bottom, siphoned to the top chamber and infused with all the ingredients to make the perfect broth. The soup is lastly poured over a large whole lobster tail and mushrooms.

Noi Thai Cuisine

Royal Hawaiian Center
2301 Kalakaua Ave., C308, Waikiki
Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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