:) = Family friendly yet zen-like dining room decorated with trees, plants, and a fish tank for kids to enjoy. Yummy Thai dishes made with fresh, organic ingredients - and a really good dessert menu. Extensive wine menu for mommies and daddies that includes organic wine selections. High chairs. Friendly staff dressed in colorful Thai attire.
:( = Food is a little pricier than other Thai restaurants. No changing tables in the bathrooms. The restaurant's location may be inconvenient for folks who don't live in the Tucker/Stone Mountain/Lilburn area. It's tucked away in a plaza that really isn't near any major highway exits. But if you're in the area, it's worth a visit!
|Clockwise from top: 3-year-old Toddler Foodie, Softshell Crab with Red Curry, Beef Lard Na, Crab and Shrimp Fried rice|
We arrived around 6:30 PM on a weekday to find the place had a few other guests, including... kids! Seeing other kids at restaurants always makes us happy. We were even happier when we saw L'Thai's neat, earthy interior. When you first walk in, you're greeted by lush green plants and a small, zen-like fountain decorated with stone turtles and live bamboo. Then you walk into the dining room and find... a TREE. Yes, a huge tree right in the middle of the room. We love reading The Giving Tree at home, and that's exactly what we thought of when we saw L'Thai's dining area.
|"This tree is happy."|
We were all ravenous and drooling over the extensive menu, so we ordered our entire meal 5 minutes after taking our seats. Here's what we ordered: satay chicken (traditional Thai grilled chicken skewers served with peanut sauce), crab fried rice (fried rice cooked with shrimp and lumps of crab meat, Panang Soft Shell Crabs (panko battered and fried soft-shell crabs served with panang curry sauce and steamed broccoli), and the Pad Lad-Nar (pan fried wide egg noodles served with egg and a special thick soy sauce-based gravy) with chicken.
|Clockwise from top: Pad Lad-Nar with chicken, crab fried rice, Panang Soft Shell Crabs|
After eating all our dinner, Mommy let us peruse L'Thai's awesome dessert menu. We got really lucky because Mommy was craving sweets, so we ended up trying two different desserts: house-made coconut ice cream and durian served with organic black sticky rice, drizzled with warm coconut milk. Wow, what an awesome treat! We liked the coconut ice cream best. It was rich, creamy, and had little chunks of coconut in every spoonful. Daddy and Mommy liked the durian and sticky rice best. They eat durian whenever they can, even though they always talk about the smell before they eat. That doesn't make sense to us, but we all know parents are just illogical most of the time.
We left L'Thai with full tummies and felt great knowing we had an all-natural, organic meal in honor of our dear Mother Earth. We're really thankful for all the yummy food she provides to us.
Until next time, friends, eat well and prosper!
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