I finally had the opportunity to try out Noi's Thai Cuisine located at the heart of Waikiki, Oahu.
What's even better is they were offering their restaurant week menu too this time.
Their dinner menu Set B looked good online, so we picked that along with a few other ala carte items.
While I've seen photos of the restaurant prior-- nothing compares to going in person.
Upon entering, you immediately feel a sense of opulence and tranquility.
I like how the clean white walls are contrasted by touches of gold and bronze.
The free-standing water features are pretty neat too.
- Hawaii Restaurant Week -
The restaurant week menu (set B) also included a Papaya Salad, Sticky Rice and Fresh vegetables.
I really enjoyed their Tapioca dessert. The texture for their black sticky rice was reminiscent of Azuki beans.
The one in the restaurant week menu (served in a glass above), was much cooler in temperature than the full order served in a covered vessel (see dessert section below).
Although the portions within the Restaurant Week menus are not exactly big, it's quite filling
(we ordered 1 set with remaining Ala Carte to share among our group of 4).
It's a great way to sample the restaurant's popular offerings in controlled portions.
- Ala Carte Items -
The accompanying hoisin and plum sauce helped to enhance the humbled Taro rolls.
We decided early on that our visit would not be complete without ordering their Tom Yum Lobster.
The presentation is quite a feat.
The chef makes a special appearance at our table with a cart.
He arms himself with a portable torch. Fires up a glass vacuum similar to making coffee, and blast the broth on the bottom to boiling point. Once boiled, the heat makes the sauce rise up to the top chamber already pre-filled with spices and herbs (cilantro, green onions, galangal, lemongrass).
The sauce and herbs combine beautifully, ready to shower the lobster with aromatics.
Next, we proceeded to try their yellow crab curry.
There's two claws outside that you can eat as is, or dip into the thick sauce if you wished.
For there were already generous pieces of crab inside the creamy concoction.
The curry was quite sweet thanks to an abundance of coconut cream.
Though, it's really not for those that dislike coconuts.
To round out the dishes, we added an order of their Pad Thai.
As you can see, it's super healthy and consisted of only Tofu, Peanuts, Bean sprouts and eggs.
I secretly wished there were some meat in the mix though.
- Drinks -
Everyone seemed to enjoyed their drink of choice.
I of course, went the safe route and got wine.
They happened to have one of my favorite whites so I was quite happy.
- Desserts -
Even their bowls looked so luxe. The covered sticky rice was really nice and warm.
Very satisfying and comforting at the same time.
- Thoughts -
Overall, we had a lovely visit to Noi's thanks to our attentive server.
Everyone at the restaurant was really nice.
Even the general manager (I believe) came to check up on us.
Personally, I thought the spice level on all of the dishes we picked were very mild
and suitable for all taste buds.
But it sounds like its possible to have it tailored to your desire taste if necessary.
This is certainly a visit that requires slowing down and enjoying your food slowly.
We spent about 2+ hours for dinner catching up and soaking in the
relaxing zen-like atmosphere. Perfect for a nice celebration!
Noi Thai Cuisine Hawaii
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
2301 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Happy Hour: 3p-7p
(Bar & Lanai seating)
[Mixed Alcoholic Drinks]: from $12+.
[Whiskey's]: No set price list. By request only.
18% gratuity for parties of 6 or more.