CONTRIBUTED BY ALLI M.
When you walk upstairs to the entrance, there’s a cute little wooden sign on the door that says “Thai Resort Dining.” Having been to both Bangkok and Chiang Mai, I can tell you this place lives up to its claimed description. The restaurant is a bright island atmosphere with handmade décor, including chopstick lanterns and columns adorned with palm fronds.
At lunch, there is a Thai buffet. You pay at the door (1080 Yen per person in cash or card). The food does rotate, but you will always find a few Thai “staples” on the buffet table: pad thai, pad see ew, papaya salad, two types of curry, and stir-fried veggies. The only thing I was missing was Thai iced tea, which they did not have.
The food is just as good as that at a “Thai Resort,” flavorful, full of delicious spices, and there’s something for everyone! Beware that the papaya salad is a little spicy – it is supposed to be spicy, but just a warning before you try it. They also have this really cool Thai noodle soup bar, where you can choose the flavors and spices in your soup. There are directions perfectly placed on a wooden block next to the cooking station and it’s simple! Be careful how many red chilies you put in your soup!
Also, the times that I have been to the restaurant, they have provided a dessert – sliced melon in coconut milk. We like to eat it in a small bowl with a little bit of rice… if you have ever been to Thailand, it may remind you of mango sticky rice. Unfortunately, as we all know in Japan, mangoes are too expensive, so they cannot justify serving mango as dessert here, especially when the lunch is only $10!
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For dinner you order off the menu. Prices average about $10, comparable to other Thai restaurants in the area. They also have a full bar if you would like a cocktail with dinner.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to ask for the frequent diner card!
Thaicoon is located at the beginning of the seawall, on the second floor of one of the buildings. There are a few parking spots designated for the restaurant and the rest is your typical seawall street parking; we have never had a problem finding parking.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11am-11pm. Monday lunchtime only. Closed on Tuesdays
Payment: Yen and Credit Card
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thaicoon/900189060016797
Address: 〒904-0114 Okinawa-ken, Nakagami-gun, Chatan-chō, Minato, 10−20
GPS Coordinates: 26.3219077, 127.7499123
Directions from Camp Foster: Exit the commissary gate and head north on the 58. Turn left at the light before the 23, you will see a restaurant on the corner called “American American café.” Head down that road (you will see San A Supermarket). Make your next left at the San A. Then turn right on the second street. Thaicoon will be on your left after a few streets.
Directions from Kadena: Exit Gate 1 and turn left to head south on the 58. Pass the 23 and make your next right turn, you will see a restaurant on the corner called “American American café.” Head down that road (you will see San A Supermarket). Make your next left at the San A. Then turn right on the second street. Thaicoon will be on your left after a few streets.