I did a complete He and his wife, who still live in Waialua, had been looking for a space in town for years.
And, as another reviewer noted, get the sangria. A spritz of lime brightens up the noodles and highlights the pungent pickled garlic.
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It's heavier, both in taste and texture, and the floral basil leaves mixed in with the sweet sauce is quite addicting. Yes, the restaurant is a twist on his name, just spelled differently. Next is a rich roasted basil duck with jasmine rice.
We start with a mild version of the glazed garlic chicken wings. The shredded duck is sparse, but its flavor carries through. Each of the three courses was fantastic.
I know that sounds hyperbolic but it's true. Unbeknownst to us, Opal has planned our meal this way — mixing and matching dishes so the yin of the garlic noodles complements the yang of the duck stir fry. The best Thai food!
The event featured a noodle bar where you could choose your own sauces and ingredients. I squealed out loud.
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Opal Thai Chinatown. When Sirichandhra saw this vacant space on Smith Street, he knew immediately that this was it. On future visits, I hope to cover more of the menu or at least try other things Opal decides I should eat.
And make sure you make a reservation. Although sister restaurant Scratch Meatery was a minute drive away in Kakaako, gone was my foolproof brunch spot for early client meetings in downtown. Then I heard Opal Thai from Haleiwa thzi buying the space and moving to town.
Hale‘iwa’s opal thai now open in chinatown
From left, shrimp pad thai, Drunken Noodles with freshly made Shanghai tahi and a light ginger-coconut curry with chicken and rice. This was one of the most amazing meals of my life.
That's right, he decides what you'll eat. If you ask me, I think Opal tahi became my favorite uncle. Don't order off the menu; let Opel and his team make you a meal you could only dream opwls. Imagine being invited to your hilarious best friend's house for a meal. I unabashedly eat three of the four wings and would have fought fellow blogger Kelli Shiroma for the fourth, but I knew that house special dishes were on the way.
Haleiwa’s opal thai is now in chinatown
He uses fresh ingredients when possible and strikes that subtle balance sweet, salty, spicy and sour. You eat spicy?
Fragrant, crispy fried basil leaves add crunch and a delicate herby hhai to the sweet, garlic-laden glaze. The two- menu is merely a suggestion, because after Opal welcomes you he takes the menus away and starts firing questions. Thai spicy?
Opel is a real gem and it's obvious that he loves his customers and he loves surprising them with amazingly delicious dishes. Now that he's on Smith Street, I can say my long wait was well worth it.
It was worth the drive to the North Shore for the kind of authentic, delicious Thai food Sirichandhra serves. By Catherine Toth Fox Published: I thought our party oppals three--two spicy Thai-food lovers, one Thai newbie who doesn't like spicy food, one vegetarian, and one who hates shellfish--would be problematic but no.
More Date of visit: August Helpful? So, to say I was excited to hear about Opal Thai moving to Chinatown, literally within walking distance from the office, would be a total understatement. Come back and I make you something you like.