We had seen opal Thai advertised on television on the food network. We spent three weeks in Hawaii and one of those weeks was in Oahu. Even with the vast variety of restaurants available, we visited opal Thai three times. The food was outstanding. Probably some of the best food that I have ever. The garlic chicken wings are something of another universe!!!
The dining experience can be perceived as a little bit odd. As we had heard from other travelers, Opal the chef owner, comes to greet you and ask you if you have ever eaten Thai food before. We responded that we have tried Thai food, traditional pad Thai etc. and he proceeded to tell us that we had not truly experienced Thai food. I think some patrons may have been taken back by his approach, however my husband and I had been aware that this is the way he conducts his business and we were ready to experience it.
Opal asked us what we like and what we dislike, he went to a long list of yes or no questions for example do you like cilantro (we chose yes),and do you like lime, etc. etc.
I was nervous at first, partially because we didn't know what we were ordering, what we were going to receive, if we were going to like it, or if the price is going to be reasonable.
I can honestly say, Opal had given us the best meal I have ever had.
It is truly an experience. If you go into the restaurant with the specific dish in mind, be prepared not to be allowed to order it. If you don't like that , I suggest you do not visit.
My best suggestion for any traveler is to go with an open mind and empty stomach...and be prepared to be wowed.
All I can say is this restaurant is excellent, and we cannot wait to return.
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