I love Thai Food. I’d have a really tough time naming my very favourite cuisine but Thai is definitely in my top 5. In most cities there are dozens of great Thai joints serving up Pad Thai quicker than you can blink, but not so in Waikiki. We had to hunt long and hard to find Noi Thai Cuisine when I was hankering for a curry while visiting the Aloha state. So how does it compare to the brilliant Thai I have eaten all around the globe? Read on for all the details …
Noi Thai Cuisine Hawaii Overview
Noi Thai Cuisine has restaurants in Bend, Oregon and Seattle, Washington as well as the Honolulu restaurant we visited which was just a block away from our hotel The Sheraton Waikiki. On our last few visits to Hawaii we struggled to find a decent Thai restaurant in Waikiki and after a very disappointing meal at Keo’s (now closed) we were a little gun-shy to try again. On this particular night the cravings were strong so we took a chance on Noi Thai Cuisine, the newcomer on the block which had been open under a year. Given Noi Thai Cusine is located on the third floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center (read my Waikiki shopping tips here) you are unlikely to wander past it, but we didn’t want to chance anything less than Trip Advisor’s #1 rated Thai restaurant so we purposely sought it out. On entering we found ourselves in a generous sized bar which had quite an appealing aesthetic except for the strange addition of several large screen TVs which seemed like a rather strange addition and detracted from the upscale atmosphere they are clearly trying to create. The main dining exudes understated elegance with dark furnishings, modern fixtures and discreet lighting.
Everybody loves satay right? We sure do and we started the night with two satay chicken skewers which were served on a modern slate board. The generous serving was accompanied by two dipping sauces and rather bizarrely toast fingers. Each chicken morsel was perfectly cooked and the flavour was helped along by a drenching of the accompanying sauces. We left the toast on the table.
Thai food is perfectly suited to sharing and we ordered our chicken panang curry and beef and cashew nut stir fry to be served communally in the middle of the table. The presentation of the dishes at Noi Thai Cuisine was exceptional and they looked almost too pretty to eat. Almost! Both dishes were perfectly pleasant but the flavours were slightly different to what I am used to getting both in Thailand and Australia. I have never seen celery in a Thai stir fry in my life! It wasn’t awful, just different. The serving sizes were standard and we were unable to finish it all so dessert was never really an option.
We had an almost laughable experience ordering drinks at Noi Thai Cuisine Hawaii. The first cocktail I ordered was unavailable as they had run out of watermelon and I was also unable to get my second choice; a glass of Sauv Blanc. To make matters even more laughable they had run out of Singha (Thai Beer) so The Hubs also had to choose a substitute. While we had a perfectly pleasant meal at Noi Thai Cuisine I have certainly had better, but it did satisfy my Thai cravings. Thai is typically considered good value but the prices at Noi Thai run high and this is by far the most expensive Thai meal I have ever experienced anywhere around the globe. If you are keen to get a better bargain on your meal, check out my post on Waikiki cheap eats. While there was nothing earth shatteringly wrong, I’m in no real hurry to get back to Noi Thai Cuisine. See what other diners have to say here. Dreaming of Hawaii? Read my tips on grabbing a bargain flight here before you book.
Location: C308 Royal Hawaiian Centre 2301 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu HI 96815 USA
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 11am – 10pm
Average Cost: I paid approx AUD $150 for two courses for two with drinks and tip.
Contact Details: Phone +1 (808) 664-4037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you like Thai food? What’s your favourite dish? Let me know in the comments below.
Until Next Time …
Disclaimer: I paid for my meal at Noi Thai Cuisine in full and as always, all opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link from which I may earn a small commission.
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