If you are in Volcano HI and want to eat you do not have a lot of choices. Based upon the reviews here (at the time, this #1 rated for the "town"), we decided to dine here.
THIS IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE THAI RESTAURANT I HAVE EVER EATEN AT. And not all that good. If it wasn't so expensive and overrated, I might give it a 2 instead of a 1 - but for this price and the reviews I saw here, I thought I'd be getting something special. To those that say it's the best they had in Hawaii, or "this side" of Bangkok - you haven't had Thai food.
VERY BUSY. Mainly because unless you want to travel 30-40 minutes, you don't have many choices. I think the people giving these reviews just want to believe they didn't just get royally ripped off (which they did).
I have spent a lot of time in Thailand. The food here is NOT Thai. It's "Americanized" Thai food. And not that good.
Papaya Salad - what a joke - especially in Hawaii where there's plenty of green papaya. I went to a Thai cooking school in Thailand, and must say I can make a better Papaya salad than I got here. And the one here is OUTRAGEOUSLY priced at $10 for just papaya. There are whole peanuts in this - they are supposed to be pounded/ground. There are whole tomato slices in this - they are supposed to be smashed. The flavor is lacking - there's supposed to be some fish sauce, some dried shrimp, some garlic and shallots, and some HEAT - there wasn't any. There was also no heat or anything else on the table to add to the bland dish - although when we asked, some red pepper and vinegar with peppers was delivered to the table.
Tom Yam soup - OK - was good. But, again, the price was outrageous, and it wasn't anything but "good". Not excellent.
The rest of the dishes we ordered, again, were OK - nothing special, and certainly not worth the $.
I would avoid this restaurant in the future - there are much better Thai restaurants in Hilo, as well as in other parts of Hawaii.
For example, Oriental Thai in Kona where an entire meal cost less than the Papaya salad was excellent, and authentic.
This place is WAY over-rated.