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“Wonderful Thai food and service”
Review of Thara Thai

Thara Thai
Ranked #15 of 326 Restaurants in Champaign
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai, Vietnamese
Dining options: Dinner
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner
Champaign, Illinois, United States
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful Thai food and service”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Thara Thai is a friendly, family owned and run restaurant. They ask each diner their preference for spice intensity and make many of their dishes gluten free if needed. Each dish is made from scratch in the back by mom and dad and most of the servers are family members. Never had a dish I didn't love!

Visited December 2012
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English first
Champaign, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best in Town”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

I love this very unassuming restaurant. It's in a motel parking lot and looks like it might originally have been something like a Waffle House, but when the food arrives, you're back in Thailand. There's other pretty good Thai in town, but this is as close to authentic as I've ever found in the midwest. And if you're in town and looking for Thai, whatever you do, stay away from the place in downtown Champaign. Yuck

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank CUTravelguy
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CMI, IL
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Food and Service”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is a small restaurant with great food. The service is excellent and friendly. I definitely will come again with family and friends.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank SergioCMI
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Champaign, Illinois
1 review
“Pretty Good Pad Thai Place”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Had a craving Pad Thai tonight. With very little knowledge about the quality of Thai places in CU, I turned to the Internet to help. Saw that Thari Thai had decent reviews so I went there.

The food was good, if not exceptional. The mild Pad Thai with chicken was slightly sweet and fairly spicy; the chicken was fairly tender. It was a little bit dryer than I like, but still good. My only regret was squeezing a lime wedge over the dish. The lime exploded and doused the center of the plate with juice, making the Pad Thai a bit too acidic.

For desert, I ordered the sticky rice custard. It was delicious! The custard and rice formed a savory mixture, and the flaky crust acted as a nice texture contrast to the richness of the other ingredients.

For the Pad Thai, rice custard, and hot tea, my total came to just over $20.

The setting and decor were mediocre while the music was an old recording of a piano quartet covering the best light rock hits of the '70s. After a while, it become fun bopping along to songs like "She's a Lady" and "The Love Boat Theme."

All in all, it was a good and filling, if not outstanding, meal at a decent price.

Note: I originally asked for medium spice, but the server warned that it would be very spicy. I backed down and ordered mild; that ended up being a good decision.

  • Visited October 2012
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East Central IL
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Small local Thai place”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

A very small restaurant but with a large menu. I'm parital to Pad Thai with chicken or tofu, so haven't tried many of the other dishes. But friends and family like this place, too, and have tried many other dishes that they like. You can get dishes as mild or spicy as you want. Family that runs it is very friendly.

Visited July 2012
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