Excellent Excellent Excellent!!! I have eaten at Papaya Bay many times and the food is always well prepared, delicious and even healthy. Service is very good and restaurant is always clean. Kudos to Jane and Michael for a wonderful place to dine with great Thai food.
Just came home after a delicious Thai dinner at the Papaya Bay Thai Restaurant. We had been shopping at the outlet malls in Cabazon til they closed. On the way home, we decided to get a Mexican dinner before the drive. Luckily, the Mexican restaurant was closed as we opted for this wonderful Thai restaurant next door instead.
We ordered a green papaya salad because my girlfriend had never had one and I always rave about them. This was probably the best green papaya salad I'd ever eaten. My girlfriend is now hooked on them. We're going to have to come back for it. After the salad, we ordered the green curry dinner. It was very good, but not great. Besides the salad, another great surprise was the brown rice. They have the best brown rice I'd ever eaten. Ask them what else they put into it. I did!
The prices were reasonable and the food was great. In addition, Nat, the son of the owners, was so entertaining. He should be a stand up comedian. He isn't for the sensitive as he will joke and kid you about anything, but he was so much more charming than one can ever ask from a corporate restaurant chain. This is one reason why I would rather dine at Mom & Pop restaurants than well-known ones. The surprises and the individual characters of small restaurants like the Papaya Bay Thai Restaurant in Banning make this establishment one worth coming back for another treat.
To put it simply, we ordered two duck curries which we order all the time from many Thai restaurants and it was delivered. We opened it up to 80% bone and hardly any actual duck. My girlfriend bit into bone three times and that was it for me, I called the restaurant and they argued with us so I took it back to them to show them... the woman at the restaurant shouted at me so I left... it was a disgrace. Apparently their son cooked it before he left the restaurant, maybe that's why we were charged more than we were meant to pay. I simply showed them how bad it was and asked for a refund but got some crazy thai woman screaming at me.
Like I said... a cockroach wouldn't eat here. I really recommend you trying another restaurant if you want a decent meal... we love thai food but this place was a joke.
My wife and I recently moved to Banning, California and we really enjoy Thai food. We had never heard of Papaya Bay but we were both very impressed with the food and service. I have severe allergies to wheat (flower) and normally I stay away from Thai food. However Papaya Bay was very accommodating to prepare my meal only using corn meal, not flower. Within the last month we have gone back three times and brought our friends too. All have said they love it and will be back.
Give them a try
Live local. This resturaunt was fantastic at one time. Has really gone downhill! Service is bad and the food is not that great. Went there for my last time and am very disappointed. When the waiter had forgotten our soup, the cook came out in his jeans and T-shirt. Gave us a bowl of microwaved coconut milk with a few mushrooms thrown in. Great Papaya Bay in close by Calimesa you may want to try instead.
My wife is a Thai Food Junkie and when she seen that Papaya Bay opened a Restaurant here in Banning she was in 7th heaven. So I no longer have to ask her where she want's to go for dinner because I know it's Papaya Bay. Food is above average. Always clean and service is good
It was convient place next to two banks and was not very far from restraunts and other fast food places.
It also had a large swimming pool. Their rooms were a lot larger than motels i have stayed at. ...