If you like blazingly spicy Thai cooking, this is the place for you. Although the name suggests that the food is from the tourist island of Phuket, ... More
Phuket Thai Restaurant
If you like blazingly spicy Thai cooking, this is the place for you. Although the name suggests that the food is from the tourist island of Phuket, the food is actually prepared the way it is in the Eastern province of Issan. The dining area is decorated in red and purple colors and accented with Oriental art. All of the food here is very authentic, with no compromise on the use of chillies; they are in everything. Not by coincidence, sweet Thai iced tea is served by the gallon. The roomy eatery occupies a perch on the second floor of the McCully shopping complex.
Loves their spicy!! Ate here, ordered vegan with a shellfish allergy and was completely impressed with the hot curry, eggplant, and Tom Kha soup was excellent. Flavors remided me of my stay on Koh Chang. Authentic, Superb!
First off, this is a review for the new Phuket Thai near Ward center (Kamakee St). Secondly, I am no stranger of Thai food, and I have eaten at Phuket Thai at McCully Shopping Center with decent results. Normally I do not write reviews, but tonight's experience was indeed worth mentioning to the public and something I would actually wake up in the middle of the night to write about. Talk about an unpleasant experience.
The scene: meeting with old friends as I was coming back from the mainland, 5 adults, 1 child (3 year old) on a Sunday night, appears busy but not all tables are full.
The food:average. No, I am not a food snob. Their best dish was the market fish with no price attached, all other dishes were about $7-10. Now the fish was ok, fried fish, but all other appetizers (4) were ho hum and the main dishes 6 were really average. Now you may ask is this not the Phuket Thai that won all those Advertiser awards or whatever for best Honolulu Thai restaurant? Sure, I do no live in Honolulu full time anymore, but I highly doubt and hope this is not THE place for Thai! I really don't like Phad Thai but order it in a larger party as a gauge to the Thai restaurant. Average. Appetizers - calamari and the beef sticks were tender but again, average. Spring roll, egg roll, papaya salad - average. I suppose if I walk in at $8-10 appetizers they shouldn't be mind blowing. Main dishes, market fish as recommended which was pretty good, 2 curries, 1 soup, different rices, eggplant with beef- average.
The service: utterly horrible. Examples: reservations were made. Our table was ready but wasn't set and we had to wait 30 minutes before we could sit. The restaurant was busy but again, only 3/4 of the tables were being used, and this wasn't supposedly a fast churn Chinese restaurant with horrible service - at least 4 waiters were seen for a restaurant with maybe 20-25 tables at most. It did not appear the restaurant cared whether we were there or not. Next, water spill by my kid - someone sees it and says will be back later. We cleaned up most of it but of course now were missing most napkins/utensils. Our waiter appeared MIA and several other waiters had to take orders and do things for us - I had my water filled once at the very end of the meal. We even had to ask for dinner plates - our appetizer plates were not changed out and with our relatively large order, the food wasn't mixing well. Our food came out all pretty much the same time, after waiting 20 minutes to give the order, 20 minutes for the food, one appetizer came out for 10 minutes and then the rest of the food came all within the next 10 minutes. There wasn't much of a place to eat. Our fish nearly slid off the table on serving and the waiter had to come in to clean that up as well. I would say I eat out with some regularity and eat at many Asian restaurants - this is basically a typical Chinese restaurant - average to better than average food with horrible service. Our waiter kept saying this was the busiest night ever, but hey, with the restaurant operating not at capacity and no line outside, this is your job, deal with it.
Cost: $150 including tip, since my 3 year old didn't eat much, you can figure what the cost was per person, no alcohol or drinks were ordered except for table ice water. Parking: They will pay for 1 hour in the lot at back.
Summary: I had a good time with my friends, but the food was average for Thai food, and the service was exceptionally lacking. I would not recommend this place to anyone and will not eat here again.
The best Thai food in Hawaii, without question. Everything I've ever ordered has been delicious. Service is great, too -- I've never had any problems there (at the McCully location), and I'm really surprised to see reviews that say otherwise.
I really like Thai food and this place is close to my house so I tried it 4-5 times. I order my food spicy and half the time it has no spice at all. The quality of the food also seems very cheap.
Service- Somtimes they are very friendly other times they are very rude. I guess it depends on who is helping you.
If you have ever had authentic thai, this is the place to go. Amazingly good peanut curry, medium with brown rice served both of us for an entire meal for only $8.95. You can't beat that. The wine selection is so-so, but for Hawaii, can't expect more. Servers are very friendly and quick. Linen table cloths, blue napkins, easy listening music. Very ambient for a small space. You can tell they are a hit by all the locals that go there. We were there on a Thursday evening about 6:30 and it was packed with waiting outside for a table. We left very full, satisfied and wishing we'd found out about it earlier (it was our last night here). We will plan a trip back and be sure to put this one on top of our list of must eats. We have a thai place where we live that our friend (from Bangkok) runs and have yet to find another place to beat the food, until now. Thanks!!
I've had better Thai food, but it was good. The parking is tight, the neighbhorhood is sketchy, and I think the strippers come in there for take out. The service was ok. I'd return again if I was in the neighborhood and if I didn't have to struggle to find a parking spot.
I called to make a take out order at the Mililani venue. The girl, later found out it was the manager, put me on hold for 7 1/2 minutes. I called while on the freeway and when I got to the restaurant entry, is when another worker took me off hold. I thought it would be busy, but only had 6 people in the restaurant, 2 on each table, that's it?
The manager's apologies were not sincere. When asked for owners contact, she said No! She wont't give it and they will back her up for everything! I've recommended many to that restaurant, friends, clients, acquaintances, tourist, et al. Myself were one of their weekly customers. I would think that the manager or the owners would appreciate that, but NO!. I left her my contact info. No one contacted me. I guess she and her owners feel, what's losing one customer? They lost free advertisement and many future prospects.
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