Everyone local who likes Thai food, myself included, has a favorite Thai restaurant here on Oahu. People swear by 'em. I've tried quite a few over the years and one of the good ones is Champa Thai. I haven't typically reviewed local restaurants, mostly 'cause it never really dawned on me until recently that out-of-towners might appreciate some local guidance--I'm always in a rush to write about some neat place I found far from here...duh! In any case, I've tried two of the three (Aiea and Kailua) in the local Champa Thai "chain" and they were both excellent values for consistently great tasting Thai cuisine. (I've admittedly probably moved into the 'regular' category at the Aiea restaurant.) Now, having been to Thailand a fair number of times and eaten in everything (AND everything including bugs and other weirdness) from ridiculously expensive crazy upscale places in Bangkok to hole-in-the-wall eateries and street carts from Lop Buri to Khorat to places I can neither spell nor pronounce, I can say that here on Oahu, Champa Thai, in my opinion, is truly faithful to the tastes from the Land of Smiles. What's more, they've got a good selection (all the standards), some killer Panang Curry, and a superbly delicious Green Papaya Salad. I've tried a number of items from the menu--all pass muster. Even my Significant Other who does not like "spicy food" has found a few favorite dishes that she craves a couple of times a month. Moreover, they'll ask you first how far you wanna go in terms of 'heat', so if you've ever foolishly wound up way over your head in satanically hot Thai chilis (I have sadly), they'll take that into account and not look askance at you if you ask for 'mild'. So no fear those of you (probably prudent) people who embrace bland food for some likely well-founded reason. They got something for you too! I have my favorites of course (a couple mentioned above), but I'd recommend giving most anything on the menu a whirl if you're so inclined. On top of all that--very, very reasonable, especially if you're on a tourist budget. Very easy to get two of us stuffed to the gills, with drinks, decent tip, and leftovers for take home, all for well under $40. So, when you're lost in Aiea (eye-ay-ah) trying to find the North Shore, the Kam Swap Meet, Aloha Stadium, or the Pearl Harbor Memorial--or your GPS actually works--stop in--it's worth it. Aloha!
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