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“Lovely service, good food.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine

Sombat's Fresh Thai Cuisine
88 Kanoelehue Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808 969 9336
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Ranked #6 of 206 Restaurants in Hilo
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Tokai, Japan
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68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“Lovely service, good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Not great Thai food, but certainly good Thai food. In the commercial strip mall right next to Ken's House of Pancakes, it is easy to find and easy to park.

Visited March 2012
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Vancouver
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Not what I expected.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

First off, let me apologize. I know the owner is from Thailand, so for me to say this doesn't taste like Thai food might seem a little stupid. HOWEVER, this does not taste like ANY Thai food I have ever had before...and I've eaten my fair share of it. We ordered the Pineapple Curry and the Eggplant dish. The eggplant dish actually reminded us of more like a Chinese food dish with lots of what tasted like oyster sauce (not bad, totally edible, just nothing like Thai eggplant dishes we've had before). The Pineapple Curry was my own fault. I should have ordered medium to offset the sweetness of it, but another reviewer on here said to be careful because it is very spicy. I ordered the mild and there was zero fire.

The short of it is...folks who have never had Thai food before might really love this place. There was an older, cruise-ship couple beside us who were ranting and raving about the Basil wraps because "It tastes so different because it's not deep-fried" (guessing they have only ever had Western-style Chinese spring rolls). For those of you who love your Thai food, if you choose to eat there, just be forewarned that it might not taste like any Thai food you've ever had before, and unfortunately for us, that ended up being a bad thing.

On the plus side, ambiance was good and portions were very large. Price was okay. Staff were friendly.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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“YUCK!!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Food at Sombat's is totally inauthentic Thai food. If you don't know what real Thai food tastes like you might be happy at Sombat's. However, if you know what the fairly standard dishes that they offer should taste like you will be extremely disappointed.

Visited January 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“"Medium" spicy is really "hot" spicy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We read so many good reviews so gave it a try. Food is good but they don't warn you that
"Medium" heat is really "hot". We eat food that is typically fairly spicy (raw serrano peppers etc.) - so we can usually handle "hot" food on menus at other restaurants. Our kids love Thai food so we ordered a lot of food with Medium spice but it was so hot for us that we ended up ordering another dish with minimum spice for the kids. We were disappointed that server did not give us a heads up. give some options or adjust the bill for the extra dish we had to order like most restaurants do. (Note: we did not ask for them to adjust the bill). I guess, given that this is a small restaurant, they did want to lose the cost of the dish and we did not push it. We would go back, but will be careful!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“A little hard to but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We love Thai food and when hungry in Hilo found the good reviews for Sombats on Trip Advisor. Trip advisor was right again. We had satay and pad Thai as we were hungry and not adventurous. We will be back as you can walk in and take ready made food to go for day trips. Great IDEA!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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