Thai food. The name brings a sweat to the forehead even if you have never tried this spicy cuisine. Few Thai restaurants dot the southern Orlando landscape but the sighting of one in Hunter’s Creek had raised the interest of a local Asian food connoisseur. My wife. She watched with interest as the small strip mall location started to take shape and recently advised me of our interest in this type of food. Needless to say I was shocked because the spicy creations that come from our kitchen are rarely enjoyed by anyone but myself, so with much surprise we found ourselves in the south John Young location of Chai Thai Cuisine.
Chai Thai in Hunter’s Creek is not much to look at from the outside but upon entering the warm décor and soft lighting creates a homey atmosphere and welcoming staff. There are several Chai Thai locations within Orlando and they all have high ratings so we looked forward to our lunch time meal, sans children of course.
The menu was overwelming with its selections of gingers, curries, yums and noodles but the friendly staff explained that the menu items actually include your choice of meat with the fragrant sauces. So you won’t have to settle with a certain meal just because you are in the mood for a specific meat, seafood, tofu, or combination.
I ordered the Panang chicken curry and my wife tried the sweet and sour. We both ordered soup, my wife’s Wonton of course, and the description for the Tom Yum Gai made me reminisce of my favorite Tom Yum style ramen noodles so I ordered one of those for myself. The food itself was delicious. The creamy Panang was spicy and tangy but not overpowering and the Tom Yum Gai had a delightful chili bite with a tart lemongrass follow through.
Even though the specials at our other Chinese restaurant are a few dollars cheaper we found the food and staff at Chai Thai delightful. The presentation outdid our regular place twofold but the portions were smaller and we didn’t have much for leftovers which didn’t bide well for the higher price, but we will definitely go back again. If your kids are like mine and don’t appreciate a good meal I recommend leaving them at home.