Situated conveniently in McCully Shopping Center, Thai Lao is one of the better dining options compared to other places. It’s also on the better side of authentic Thai restaurants that doesn’t just serve overly sweetened and greasy pad thai. My companionship and I was craving for Thai foods and we decided to go with the basic options to test out whether this restaurant was legitimate.
Yellow Curry with pork, potatoes, carrots, round onion.
Yellow Curry is on the milder side in the world of Thai curries. If you are not a spicy eater, Yellow Curry will definitely satisfy your taste buds without sweating you out too much. Our Yellow Curry with pork was divine, potatoes were cooked well and soaked in curry sauce. The sauce was thick with an umami depth of flavor that was easily devoured with a bowl of brown rice, which we happily ordered.
Lemongrass Stir-fry with chicken, bell peppers, onions and curry powder.
Whenever we see a restaurant with the name of “Lemongrass,” guaranteed it’s always going to be a Thai restaurant, or rarely a Vietnamese one. Lemongrass is such a common herb used in Thai cooking since its fragrance, when cooked, complements with fish sauce so well. The Lemongrass Stir-fry with chicken that we had was simple but incredibly satisfying with a lot of wok flavor. I mean, how can you go wrong with lemongrass?
Deep fried fish with red curry,
This is easily my favorite dishes. Full of coconut aroma, Red Curry’s name was derived from the color of red chili peppers used in the curry. Just like any other Thai curries, Red Curry was complex in flavor since it was hand crushed by mortar and pestle with several ingredients such as red chili peppers, kaffir lime, and galangal, just to name a few. Red Curry was a little bit spicy, with a hint of sweetness from the coconut cream, while remained savory. The crunchiness of the deep-fried tilapia definitely added a crackling dimension to the dish. Just like any other Thai curries, rice is mandatory to finish up all the sauce.
Overall, Thai Lao is just simply about amazing and authentic Thai foods. Nothing crazy, nothing overly hipster or fusion, it’s one of those places that you can just order anything and it would be delicious anyway. Portion is huge and the ambiance is also nice for a date. Service was fast and courteous. I would like to come back several times to try out the rest of the menu. Thai Lao is easily my top choice for Thai restaurants in Honolulu.
Visit them at McCully Shopping Center, 1960 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96826. Opens 11AM - 11PM except Sunday. Sadly, they don't have any social media presence so the best way to reach out would be calling 808-943-4311.