Recently relocated to Hilo bayfront, this Thai restaurant has a large fan following, including us! The most intriguing fact about this restaurant is that its menu offers what you might not recognize as your typical Thai dishes! Talented chef Tina makes everything from scratch, using both traditional Thai ingredients and not-so-traditional things like heart of palm or noni (a Hawaiian medicinal plant) to concoct her creations. As with the food, the décor is also a little “out there” for a Thai restaurant, but there are also waterfall cascading from giant ceramic vase, Buddha statues, exotic orchids, and festive light strings to keep the dinning room inviting and in good feng shui! We came here last Friday and ordered our favorite dishes: Noni Salad with Opakapaka (grilled opakapaka fish on a bed of steamed noni leaves, cucumber, celery, tomato, mint, toasted peanuts, served with a tangy lime and chili sauce, $20) and Ocean in the Jungle (shrimp, salmon, pineapple cooked in spicy red curry, served artfully in a hollowed-out half pineapple with jasmine rice, $20). Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs because we also ordered a Thai pizza (kabocha squash, heart of palm, asparagus, spinach, with shredded chicken and yellow curry sauce, all folded - like a giant omelet! - inside a crispy cheese encrusted tortilla shell, $15). We love to bring visiting friends from mainland to this restaurant to surprise them with these very unusual but delicious Thai dishes. Be warned: chef Tina only works on Fri and Sat. From Sun-Thurs this restaurant offers a completely different menu (excluded from this review) by a different chef!!!
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