Although I had heard so many wonderful things about Royal Thai Cuisine in Newport Beach, I was delighted to have the opportunity to feast on their unique and exquisite flavors of Thailand.
For over forty years Sumeth (Sammy) Tila and his lovely wife Chau have served authentic Thai cuisine created and presented with traditional dishes refined into a delicate and subtle culinary art. It's no wonder Sammy had received so many rewards over the years including " Restaurateur of the Year," an honor bestowed on him by the Southern California Restaurant Writers, as well as five star awards for his restaurants.
I started my culinary adventure with an exotic drink from the beautiful fully stocked bar. Then sitting at one of the festively arrayed tables in the eye catching dining room, questions about the menu were answered by the knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Start with your choice of beautifully plated Naked Shrimp,;Shrimp;Calamari or Tofu and veggie Tempura with chutney dipping sauce; Summer Rolls; Thai Spring Rolls; or Satay.
In the mood for soup, there is a wonderful selection from Tom Kah spicy coconut soup; to Soup Royale with chicken,pork,veggies and glass noodles.
The tasty salads that play with flavors include, Thai Salad; Som Tum and Spicy Veggie Salad, ;and Siam Forest Salad..
If Wok Noodles is your passion, try Pad Thai;Lard Nar; and special Drunken Noodles, a combination of chicken,shrimp, and squid with veggies and chili.
How about the Rice! There's delicious Thai Fried Rice, Spicy Fried Rice with your choice of chicken,pork, beef or shrimp with broccoli, onions, sweet basil,egg and mushrooms; or the Royal Thai Crab Fried Rice.
Then come the sumptuous Specialties like Thai Chicken Flame; Crying Tiger; Royal Duckling; or Honey Duck. For Seafood there is Siamese Catfish; Steamed or Grilled Catch of the Day; Royal Thai Snapper or Halibut.
There's a tantalizing array of Royal Thai signature entrees from: Shrimp with Paht Jungle with mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green onions, snow peas, baby corn and carrots in a light garlic sauce; Kang Panang a special smooth light red curry with carrots and bell peppers; Kang Quah with sweet curry and pineapple; Sweet and Sour with mixed veggies and pineapple; and Royal Thai Asparagus with carrots, garlic and Royal Thai sauce.
Top it off with the yummy fresh coconut or house ice cream, accompanied with a delicious thirst quenching Thai Iced Tea or Iced Coffee.
. For two people to large groups there is a choice of Prince of Thailand, Queen's Royal Banquet and King of Thailand all pre-set delicacies.
Open everyday- the The Royal Thai Restaurant is located at 4001 W. Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach (949) 645-8424. In Laguna the location is at 1750 South Coast Highway (949) 494-8424.
`. Cooking Classes are available four times a year at the Newport Beach location.