Michelin-starred Chef David Thompson said that “Thai food ain’t about simplicity. It’s about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Like a complex musical chord it’s got to have a smooth surface but it doesn’t matter what’s happening underneath.”
There’s no way I could better describe Thai cuisine. Thankfully, Augusta, Georgia has several Thai restaurants that provide such delicious food, with all its complex flavors and harmonious finish. Let’s take a look at these 6 Terrific Thai Food Restaurants that are worth a visit.
|Restaurant||Style||Price for Pad Thai Entree||General Review Status||Unique Feature||Menu|
|Sawasdee Authentic Thai & Noodle House||Thai Cuisine||$13.95||Google: 4.2 Stars / 409 Reviews|
Yelp: 4 Stars / 175 reviews
|5 Varieties of Thai Pho; Biggest Dessert Menu||Menu Here|
|Thai Kitchen||Thai Cuisine||$13.28||Google: 4.6 Stars / 434 Reviews|
Yelp: 4.5 Stars / 188 reviews
|Highest overall ratings on Google & Yelp; only place with frog legs||Menu Here|
|Mai Thai Restaurant||Thai Cuisine||$12.95||Google: 4.2 Stars / 188 Reviews|
Yelp: 3 Stars / 102 reviews
|Thai Iced Coffee||Menu Here|
|Hunan Cafe||Fusion – Thai, Chinese, Korean||$11.60||Google: 4.5 Stars / 150 Reviews|
Yelp: 4 Stars / 53 reviews
|Tamarind Sweet Chili Sea Bass speciality||Menu Here|
|Fuji Asian||Fusion – Thai, Chinese, Japanese||$9.00*winner for lowest price||Google: 4.4 Stars / 286 Reviews|
Yelp: 4.5 Stars / 99 reviews
|Largest selection of Thai cuisine among fusion restaurants listed||Menu Here|
|Soy Noodle House||Fusion||$11.95||Google: 4 Stars / 1,608 Reviews|
Yelp: 2.5 Stars / 255 reviews
|Only one located in downtown Augusta||Menu Here|
Sawasdee Authentic Thai & Noodle House
Sawasdee Authentic Thai & Noodle House consistently provides some of the Best Pad Thai in Augusta, GA. I have been a customer here for years and still haven’t grown tired of the food, as it consistently offers delicious varieties of Thai cuisine, excellent customer service, and a menu with some of the best variety in the area.
If you want to branch out, give their Thai curry dishes a try. The Gaeng Kheow Waan, a green curry with coconut milk, broccoli, green peas, bell peppers & basil, is one of the best curries in Augusta. The Panaeng curry – sautÃ©ed with coconut milk, bell peppers & basil – is another classic choice (Gaeng Panaeng). And for $13.95, the prices are hard to beat.
Sawasdee offers five varieties of Thai Pho on their menu, along with the largest dessert menu of eight items, ranging from Thai donuts to friend bananas or homemade cake. If you’re interested in local dessert places, Sawasdee is in the same shopping center as Lil’ Dutch Bakery. If you’d like to know more about what Lil Dutch Bakery offers, I recommend checking out this recent article on some of the best dessert places in town.
Fun Fact: Per their website, the word “‘Sawasdee’ (pronounced Sah-wah-dee) means ‘hello’ in the Thai language.”
Thai Kitchen provides excellent food and the online reviews back this claim up 100% – 434 Google Reviews with a 4.6 Star Rating. You will find the classics, such as Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles, and crispy duck (which are all excellent choices). However, Thai Kitchen uniquely has 21 variations on original, spicy basil, and pineapple Thai Fried Rice dishes.
And if that wasn’t enough, there are 18 house specialties ranging from honey garlic chicken to fried frog legs! Until visiting Thai Kitchen, I was unaware that frog legs were part of regional Thai cuisines. And for the kids menu, they chicken fingers and chicken teriyaki.
So next time you’re at the Evans’ Kroger on Washington Road, pop over next door and check out this local gem.
Mai Thai Restaurant
Also located out in Evans, Mai Thai Restaurant is the third and final spot that centers on Thai cuisine. The menu is comparable to both Sawasdee and Thai Kitchen, with a particularly nice selection of appetizers. There are five Thai salads to choose from, with options like Yum Pla Muek (squid with onions, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro and scallions in chili oil, spicy and sour sauce, with lettuce).
For dessert, maybe try a Thai Iced Coffee or Iced Tea with their sweet sticky rice and mango!
The final three restaurants all serve Asian fusion cuisine that incorporates Thai dishes to some extent on their menus. Their selections are not as expansive as Sawasdee, Thai Kitchen, or Mai Thai, but the Thai dishes they provide are inexpensive and delicious.
Hunan Cafe: Thai, Chinese, and Korean
Hunan CafeÂ offers four main, delicious Thai dishes – Pad Thai (chicken, tofu, or shrimp), Tamarind Sweet Chili Sea Bass, Panang Curry, and Lemon Grass Chicken. However, it also provides fuaion dishes inspired by Chinese, Malaysian, Korean, and Japanese cooking. The Malaysian Sweet & Sour Pork is excellent, andÂ HunanÂ has an expansive selection of Tofu plates and other vegetarian entrees.
Additionally, this restaurants offers its take on the staples of American Chinese food, including General Tsos Chicken, Beef Broccoli, and Lomein Noodles. But if you are interested in the best Chinese food in Augusta, hold up for a second.Â I wrote an article all about the best American Chinese Restaurants here.
Some additional information:
- Great choice for those with children, as there is an affordable kidâ€™s menu.
- Hours: They are closed between 2:30 â€“ 4:00 PM.
- There is a menu and price change after 6:00 PM. So, if you want a cheaper meal, order at lunch from 11:30 AM â€“ 2:00 PM, or during the early bird special from 4:00 to6:00 PM.
- Hunan CafeÂ has a long history in Augusta. Founded in 1996, it is family owned and operated.
Fuji Asian: Thai, Chinese, and Japanese
While it’s true Fuji Asian restaurant’s Pad Thai is delicious and the best price you’ll find in Augusta, their menu offers the most expansive list of Thai dishes among the Asian fusion spots on this list. From Thai Pineapple & Mango Fried Rice to curries, Fuji Asian offers at least 14 Thai dishes.
However, they also have some of my favorite Honey Chicken, along with excellent teriyaki plates. If you like hibachi and teriyaki, I’d encourage you to check out this other article on the best hibachi spots in Augusta and Aiken. So, if you are at the Evan’s Department of Driver Services, walk around the corner to give Fuji Asian a try.
- Fuji AsianÂ serves alcohol.
- They have a kidâ€™s menu that runs from $3 to $7.25.
- Try the Thai Summer Rolls.
Soy Noodle House: Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, & Japanese
Located in downtown Augusta off Broad Street, Soy Noodle House is the only restaurant on this list that is technically in Augusta (the rest are technically in Martinez or Evans). There are four main Thai dishes to choose from – Thai Peanut Salad, Spicy Basil, Pad Thai, and Red Curry. Also, this is the only place on the list with Sake (three types) on the menu.
Try Cooking Thai Classics at Home: Resources
And finally, I recommend (most of all) cooking your own version of these classic Thai dishes at home. Below are some of my favorite recipes and resources that are well worth trying!
As far as Thai Cookbooks go, here are some of my favorites that can be found on Amazon: Chef Pailin Chongchitnant’s Hot Thai Kitchen: Demystifying Thai Cuisine with Authentic Recipes to Make at Home and Chef David Thompson’s Thai Street Food: Authentic Recipes, Vibrant Traditions.
Cool NPR Piece: Kitchen Window: Sweet And Spicy Flavors Of Northern Thailand : NPR
Cooking Materials: If you don’t have a wok, I’ve had this Lodge Dutch Oven for 8 years and it works really well. You can find it on Amazon, along with a few good wok selections. I recommend going with carbon steel, like the Yosukata Wok here on Amazon. If you have an induction or electric stovetops, double-check that it’s flat bottom. If you have a gas range, you could go with the round bottom wok instead.
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