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“Best restaurant in Male”

Sala Thai Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 137 Restaurants in Male
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Male”
Reviewed January 16, 2011

We came to this restaurant on recommendation of our friends, who live in Male. This place was definitely a winner!!

The inside is cute and cozy, with a no shoes upstairs rule. The downstairs has the typical table and chair setup, while upstairs, there are comfy cushions with back rests to sit on while you eat. The cushions were so comfortable I almost fell asleep sitting on them! As someone else mentioned, the air conditioning is a little cold, but when coming in from the hot, Maldives air, it's a welcome cold.

The food is some of the most delicious Thai food I have had (and I have Thai friends, so I've heard them critique Thai food before). Everything is beautifully laid out, and compared to the Maldivian resorts, the prices were quite reasonable. Comparable to a mid to high end Thai restaurant in Canada or the US. We tried the Yum Woon Sen, the green curry, pad thai, and mango sticky rice. They were all delicious, and I've been dreaming about those peppers still in their pods on the vine for a long time now. (Hard to find that in Canada!)

The wait staff were all very courteous and helpful with their recommendations, and the owner, Thomas, is a very interesting man. He's lived and travelled all around the world, so ask him about it!

The drinks were also wonderful but a bit on the pricey side, especially for non-alcoholic beverages.

The only downside was that the food was a little slow to come out, despite the restaurant not being too full (we went a little later in the night after evening prayers.) The quality definitely made up for it, though, and we are looking to go back to Male just for the food!

  • Visited November 2010
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2010

Male is a place where you can never imagine what you can find around the corner. On my way back from Meeru, I had a stopover in Male waiting for my departing plane and found a little cozy place callaed Sala Thai. His owner and the chef were there to guide you thru the experience. I am not a good Thai food eater as I dont like too hot food nevertheless they reached my need easily and made me enjoy their cuisne and their space. Thanks Thomas

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1 Thank ElGordoJoe
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“Best thai in Male”
Reviewed April 19, 2010

The food is just excellent. It's not possible to get these ingredients in Sweden (where I come from) or other parts of Europe. They import everything from Thailand every week and the chef is skilled.

They had an excellent green papaya sallad. I also had whole deep fried fish, morning glory with chili. As someone mentioned in a review, that it wasn't spicy enough... If they would just ask to have it Thai spicy, they would have gotten what they wanted.

Great fresh juices and smoothies, the pad thai was classic.

The only downside about the place is perhaps a bit too cold air condition. They also charge in USD, not rufia - which makes it a little more expensive than other restaurants around. Still cheaper than Sweden and you get value for your money.

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“freindly,nice ambience but not original thai”
Reviewed February 25, 2010

This restaurant is more catered for the taste buds of europeans and american toruists. The thai food lacked the spicies i usually enjoy.
Price per dish anywhere between 15 to 25 USD. Rice/noodles are not included in it. Though i must admit the hotel folks are pretty friendly.

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2 Thank Capricats
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Reviewed February 12, 2010

I don't care what you say, this is probably some of the best Thai food outside the home country and way beyond what's available in New York or London. Superb ingredients all imported from Thailand.

I hate rice pudding but actually fell for the desert with mango and the stir fry used fresh young peppercorns on the twig.

For anybody passing through or staying in town, this is a "must visit"

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