Champa Thai

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Service: The staff sooooo nice and they feel like family since we used to go at least once a week (although in the past year have gone less and less). Often times its very busy and takes a while to order and get a bottle opener (HINT: bring your own or buy a screw top wine).

Food: The food has traditionally been always excellent, however the past few times we have been for both lunch and dinner the food was not as good. It must be related to the chef for the day…… The menu has transitional Thai favorites like spring rolls, curries, noddles and so forth. Be warned they use MSG in the food so if your allergic tell them when you order to leave it out. The food is so good you really won’t even notice a difference.

Favorite Dishes: Pad Seiew Chicken, Thai Beef Salad, Chicken Larb, Green Papaya Salad, Tum Yum (perfect for a cold),  All Curry with Fresh Fish is a sure thing!

Atmosphere: It’s a good place to bring a date or go with friends. It’s very casual, quaint, quiet (no loud music), nice art, and an overall lovely little restaurant.

Consistency: Out of the 5 years I have been going to the Waialae restaurant only 2 visits have not been consistently fantastic until just recently the past 3-4 times we have gone its been less than delicious so we moved this rating from 5 corks down to 4 (but maybe should go to 3 even). I would still recommend this restaurant but hopefully they haven’t changed all the chefs because it always used to be fantastic. Only thing we can say is each chef has their own “style” but for the most part it has been consistently good over the past half decade.

Parking: As far as parking goes there are 3 itty bitty little free spots behind the restaurant but you can always park on the street, the bank across the street or take the bus :)… this place is so good it’s worth walking!!

Price Range: Low-Medium ($8-$20) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!

Reservations Accepted & Recommended Only For Large Parties (+6 or more)
Take Out Available

Address:
Champa Thai Restaurants
2452 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Ph: (808) 732-0054
http://www.champathai.com/

Take-Out and Reservations:
At Pearl Kai Center –(808) 488-2881
At Waialae Ave. — (808) 732-0054 At Kailua– (808) 263-8281

Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm • 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Link To Website: http://www.champathai.com/

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Phuket Thai

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Service: The service is friendly at Phuket Thai but also very lazy as every single glass we say in the establishment was dirty. In fact, the wine glass they brought me even had old (or new) lip stick on it! its pretty disgusting and specially when the restaurant isn’t busy the staff should have enough pride in the establishment to whip the water-marks or what-not off the glasses.

Food: The food is not very good at Phuket Thai. It’s rather old tasting, very run of the mill stuff. Sometimes its above average and some times its not. I’ll put it this way….we wouldn’t recommend it to friends, or go again if we can help it, but if a group wants to go then recommend the Phuket Thai in McKully Shopping Center its much better than the new location at Ward.

Favorite Dishes: Fish patties, spring rolls, curry. Don’t order the laab or basil chicken – NO GO – also papaya salad was pretty sad.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Phuket Thai’s are pretty nice. You feel like your in a more upscale Thai restaurant and not a hole-in-the-wall. The ambiance is ambient, with pretty artwork and green/dark furniture and color pallet. During the day its more casual than at night and a place where families bring kids and eat a relaxing lunch. The new Ward area Location (with the worst food) is nicer than the Mccully location and has ample more tables.

Consistency: These restaurants are consistently average. Sometimes they are pretty darn good…. or at least decent…. but this last time we went it was just terrible and everything was old tasting.

Parking: The parking is just perfect at both Honolulu locations. The Mccully shopping center has free parking both in front of the restaurant (limited) as well as under the center (better parking). The Kamakee location has a parking lot right next to the restaurant which you need to pay $1 and get a ticket but then like validating a parking ticket Phuket Thai gives you a token to redeem your fee.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Free $10 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted and Recommended
Take Out Available

Address:
Mccully Shopping Center
160 Kapiolani Blvd #109
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 924-8194

Website: www.phuketthaihawaii.com

401 Kamakee St
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 591-8421

Mililani Town Center
95-1249 Mehuela parkway #A6
Tel: (808) 623-6228

Hours of Operation:
Mccully Shopping Center:
Open Daily: 11 a.m. – 10:15 p.m

Kamakee:
Open Daily: Sun-Thur: 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Friday-Sat: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Mililani:
Mon-Thur 11 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Friday-Sat 11 a.m. -10 p.m.

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Keo’s

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Service: The service is ok – sometimes better than others. The staff is friendly and they fill the water up quickly so that’s always good! They also put the wine in a big ice bucket so it stays perfectly chilled during your dinning experience which is always lovely.

Food: The food is pretty run of the mill Thai. Nothing on the menu is so good that it haunts me at night but its pretty tasty and when we go to Keo’s with friends the plates go back to the kitchen empty.

Favorite Dishes: Thai Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Green Papaya Salad, Fish Patties, Basil Chicken, Green Curry, and the Pinot Gris 🙂

Atmosphere: The atmosphere makes this restaurant and brings the entire experience up. The entrance and inside of Keo’s is enchanting with orchids and Thai wood carvings surrounding the seats. The decor is tropical with a artsy flare. The only really strange part of the decor is the owner loves these large metal statues and they are everywhere inside the restaurant and extremely out of place since they are not Thai at all  (mostly statues of animals and women) but it does add a unique element to this particular Waikiki classic.

Consistency: Keo’s is actually not very consistent. It really depends on who is cooking that day and each dish can literally come out tasting and looking different from visit to to visit. Basically one thing has remained the same that over the last 10 years the food has gone from great to just about average.

Parking: Every time we have been to Keo’s in the past they had free valet parking, but this last time they allowed guests to park in their lot themselves which was very convenient.  The parking lot is just down the street making this a great place to meet & eat in Waikiki if you are visiting out-of-towners.

Price Range: Medium ($11-$20) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per bottle of white and (seriously) they said $22 for Cabernet!! haha so the owner must not like red wine very much.
Reservations Recommended
Take Out Available

Address:
Keo’s Thai Cuisine
2028 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii,96815
Tel: (808) 951-9355
Website: www.keosthaicuisine.com

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Nightly: 4pm – 10:30pm