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“What a wonderful surprise!”
Review of Nutcharee's Authentic Thai Food - CLOSED

Nutcharee's Authentic Thai Food
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We are relocated from Hana, Hawaii To Kihei,Hawaii. Same great food and service. Fresh local ingredients. We also have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free choices. Now Open Tue-Sun and taking reservations.
New York City, New York
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318 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“What a wonderful surprise!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

OK, let me break down some of the basics here for other travelers so hopefully they won't be confused (as we were at first).

1)It is THE Thai restaurant in town (there is only one), but it goes under two different names depending on who is cooking that day. Half the week it is Pranee, half the week it is Nutcharee. As the story goes, the two used to work together but decided to split up and do their own thing.
2)Despite #1 the menu is similar, very authentic, very fresh ingredients and absolutely delicious. The locals just call it the 'Thai place next to the ball field' and don't really split hairs so while I'm sure there might be some small debate over which they ultimately prefer, anyone who tries to tell you that one is far superior than the other... or, worse yet, that one or the other is somehow 'not good' is just flat out retarded and you can feel free to ignore them.
3)Yes, it is that open air shack on the hill next to the ball field almost right next to the school. Yes, I know it doesn't look like much but forget all that and step inside and your nose will soon tell you the truth. They have a remarkably full menu, soft-drinks and juices to drink and BYOB if you so choose.
4)They are ONLY open for lunch...I think they start around 10:30-11 AM and run til around 4:00 PM. But if you love Thai food and are staying somewhere with a kitchen where you can store food and reheat it then I highly recommend ordering lunch and dinner for later :)

OK, now on to the most important part, the food! My wife and I adore Thai food and we are fortunate to live in NYC where we have easy access to many great options for it. We've run the full gamut too, everything from hole-in-the-wall takeout joints to upscale dining to pan-Asian fusion, etc. So reading all these 4 and 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor we came into this very skeptical and expected to get a meal that was 'good for Hana' but that's about it. Talk about being pleasantly surprised though, this little shack next to the ball field in the little town of Hana could give anything I've tried before a run for it's money, it was really that good. Fantatstic flavor, fresh ingredients, super friendly staff and any of their a la carte choices they happily tailored the spice level for you (great for us because my wife likes mild-to-medium and I like medium-to-hot). Each day they offer two pre-prepared specials of the day that you can grab to go or be served immediately if you are in a hurry or choose from their menu of on demand options. I opted for their house special, the crispy red snapper with papya salad and wow, talk about delicious. What a fantastically balanced dish, you get the crisp of the fish, the heat from the peppers, the coolness of the salad, it went together perfectly.

This is a must try if you are visiting Hana, you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank snoogle
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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English first
Ontario, Canada
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327 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Awesome, just awesome”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Had the special and it was to die for.
Wish this place was closer!! Maybe I should take home the chef!
Just wish they didn't charge $2 for water.
You must go here when in the area. We liked it I think just a tad more than Parenees.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Misty58
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Phoenix, Arizona
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful Thai Food”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stopped for lunch one day and enjoyed the food so much we went back for lunch on another day. The restaurant like most in Hana is an outdoor covered area but larger than most. Everything we had was excellent and the staff was very friendly..

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank John L
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Smyrna, Georgia
1 review
“Who'd a thunk it?”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Was in Maui for a week to attend a friend's wedding. Took the road to Hana on a whim not thinking we'd go the whole way. Looking for ANYTHING to eat when we got there when we stumbled into the best meal we had on the island. Incredible! Fresh! Delicious! The green curry over ahi tuna was TDF!!! Can't say enough good things about this place, eat there, you'll agree.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank TimonatorGman
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Silverthorne
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Thai food!”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Wow!! Looked like a dive right off the road. We weren't sure at first, but don't be intimidated. Staff was very friendly and answered all our questions and the food was amazing!! Just what we needed after hours of driving. I've had great Thai food and this is right up there with the best!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Maureen M
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