Thai Kitchen - The Best of the Great Thai Restaurants on Guam
Restaurant Review by Guam Diner Staff
Guam is blessed with many great choices for Asian food. Did you know that there are over fifty Japanese restaurants, thirty-five Korean places and twenty-seven serving Vietnamese cuisine? We have these wonderful places to eat thanks in great part to the many immigrants who have made Guam home in the past 30 years or so. In my opinion, the most interesting and complex of Asian cuisines is Thai. The variety of ingredients, the spices and unique flavors combined with artful presentation create a total food experience that is superior. And, while all of the Thai restaurants on Guam (there are 9) are very good and the lunch buffets at Ban Thai and TimeOut are excellent, the real stand out is Thai Kitchen.
Owned by Toy McGurk, Thai Kitchen, is a place to sit down and really enjoy great food. Since Toy took over Thai Kitchen (she was the cook at the legendary Thai restaurant Pim's Place which closed a number of years ago) she has set a standard of excellence that is not compromised. Each dish is cooked when you order it so while you will wait a bit, your dish will be freshly created using the best ingredients and it will be delicious. Her exacting standards mean that sometimes a dish on the menu might not be available right then because the quality of ingredients from the wholesaler and/or market was not acceptable. There are over 60 items on the menu so you're sure to find something you want or, I encourage you to do this, try something new. You will not be disappointed.
Thai Kitchen seats only about 40 people so if you plan to go for lunch it is wise to get there early or have a late lunch since they are open all afternoon. If you go during the rush, you will wait for a table but you'll be surrounded by lots of happy diners. We had an excellent light lunch there recently of a beautiful Papaya Salad ($7) and Spicy Noodles with Pork ($7). The Papaya Salad is a work of art in itself and the taste is truly exquisite. The combination of the cool and refreshing green papaya, crunchy roasted peanuts and the lightly spiced sauce makes for a true taste delight.
The Spicy Noodles with Pork was made with a veritable garden of fresh vegetables including green and red bell peppers, onions and sprouts among others. The pork was tender and rich in flavor. The finishing touch on this dish was the fresh mint leaves which made it oh so delicious.
Items that are highly recommended include a fabulous Fried Calamari (apologies to the Italians but this is way better!) with a red chili dipping sauce. The salads are excellent and the green curries are especially popular. As I recommended before, try something new and delight your tastebuds.
Thai Kitchen is located in Tamuning in the Cen-Tam Building on the left side of the building not facing Marine Drive. They are open from 11am - 9:30pm Monday to Friday, 6pm - 9:30pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday. You can order take-out and Toy can prepare certain dishes for catering. The phone number is 649-1031.
If you love Thai food or have never really tried it but would like to, visit Thai Kitchen and enjoy the richly textured and nuanced Thai cuisine lovingly prepared by Toy.