Jai Thai

CONTRIBUTED BY SARA HERNANDEZ

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As the name suggests this is a Thai restaurant. My family has been there many times in the four years we’ve been here. We have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is authentic Thai which is very nice and they have a great view with wrap-around floor to ceiling windows.The wait staff is very attentive and never misses a beat, like seriously, sometimes they notice my kid has dropped a fork and is already on the way to our table with a new one before I have even noticed what’s going on.

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This visit was on a Saturday evening around 6 pm with my husband and 2 kids (3 and 1.5) and it was not busy yet, although I have to say we’ve never had to wait for a table there. They are kid friendly as they offer high chairs/boosters (BEWARE: the highchairs don’t have straps! So if your kid is anything like mine you should invest in one of those cool strap-down buckle things to bring along).

We usually order our faves since we’ve been here so many times but over the years I have sampled a good portion from their menu.

Kids food: they have two kids sets to choose from. They are each is 600 yen and include a LOT of food so if you’re kids are little they might be able to share one. My kids prefer the roast chicken set which includes a piece of (surprise!) roast chicken, some french fries, egg fried rice, 2 small spring rolls and some of those jellies for dessert.

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The other option is a hamburger set with spaghetti and some eggs on rice and a flan-looking dessert. Don’t let the uninspired kid meals throw you off though because as I am a big Thai food fan this place is as authentic as you’ll get.

Appetizers: we usually get the pork saute (500~600 yen 4 piece) just because my husband can never resist meat on a stick (must be a caveman throwback) but they also have awesome prawn cakes and, of course, typical rice paper spring rolls. There are quite a few delicious looking soups offered but I will be honest I have never tried ANY of them!

Main Course: (Avg. price 1100-1300 yen) My typical is Stir fried chopped chicken with basil it is one of the many delicious stir fry choices they offer and my fave because I LOVE basil and Thai chilies and those are the stars in this dish.

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The menu has meals heat measured by number of chilies (1-3) and this is the 3 chili rating. Not the most spicy thing I’ve ever tasted in my life but on my scale it is just the right amount of spice, makes my nose run a little but not so bad that I’m soaked with sweat after I’m done because everyone knows that doesn’t make for a pretty dinner date. My other half usually orders from the noodle section of the menu with his favorite being Pork stir fry noodles.

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This is thin sliced pork stir fried in some sort of yummy peanut tasting sauce with veggies and served on ribbon noodles. Other menu items worth mentioning are the stuffed fish (not sure what its called but you’ll notice it in the seafood section- its the most exotic looking thing on the menu) It might look a little scary but its really tasty, I promise! Also for the less adventurous there is a Chicken and cashew stir fry that is not spicy but still very tasty. A lot of the ‘newbies’ I take there get that for their first try and are never dissatisfied.

How could I talk about a Thai restaurant without mentioning curry??? I couldn’t!! Of course Jai Thai offers a good selection of Thai curries red and green, coconut (sweet) based and hotter than hot and if you’ve never had ‘real’ Thai curry (not like Coco’s!) you should give it a try. To round it out we order a large bowl of steamed rice and a scoop of coconut ice cream for dessert. We have been there on date nights and ordered from their ‘cocktails’ menu and it was also pretty good (from what I can remember).

For a family of 4 with 2 kids meals and 2 adult meals, appetizer, rice and dessert the bill came out to around 4500 yen which is very reasonable given the wonderful service and fancy looking atmosphere.

Update: As of July 2011, they also have a vegetarian menu.

Payment: Yen, $, and credit card accepted

Hours: Mon-Fri 1130-1500 for lunch 1700-2300 for dinner, Sat. Sun. and Holiday 1100-2300.

Phone: 098-936-0828

Address: 15-69 Mihama, Chatan

Google Maps Coordinates: 26.3169864547, 127.758070441

Directions: Look for the only Ferris wheel on the island in American Village! Jai Thai is located in ‘Carnival’ mall in Mihama directly under the big Ferris wheel. Park either in the parking lot across from Jusco or behind Dragon arcade area (this area is usually filled). For real newbies who don’t know where this is take 58 N from Foster turn left at the Starbucks across from Lester, go through to the 2nd light and turn right. Park in the large lot on the right across from Jusco mall and follow the hypnotizing glow of the Ferris wheel. Jai Thai is on the 2nd floor.

16 COMMENTS

  1. I am amazed by this restaurant. Amazed that its still in business and even more amazed by its apparent popularity. The food was mediocre, portions small, and prices on the hight side. There are a couple other options for Thai food in the area that absolutely blow this place out of the water. I was going to close by saying at least its better than McDonalds’s, but on second thought McD’s IS pretty decent in Japan.

  2. I was rather disappointed. The portions were small for the price, and did not automatically come with rice. Also, if they are going to label something as spicy, it should be. Somchai outside of Kadena Gate 2 is much better and cheaper.

  3. Hi this is a long shot, but at this restaurant they have a perfume that I absolutely LOVE! Its the one in the purple bottle! I have moved back to the US and I cannot pin point the scents in this perfume! And I do not know where I can order it from! 🙁 If anyone knows either of he two could you please reply to my post! THANK YOU!

  4. Service was terrible. Portions were tiny. Flavors were OK, but even the spicy food lacked enough heat to label them as spicy. EXPENSIVE!!! I love Thai food, but it looks like I will stick to making it myself.

  5. I am a vegetarian and finding places on island that cater to my dietary restrictions is tough to find, especially combated with the language barrier, however Jai Thai is not the case, I love this place, so many options to choose from, both vegetarian and vegan if you like. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!! <3

  6. Went to this place for my wife’s birthday, and I was not disappointed. The food was amazing as was the staff. Not only that but the place itself was very beautiful. I will defiantly be a returning customer.

  7. Marie – check out Airdoi. There’s a review of it on Oki Hai and it is really good Thai food. I go pretty regularly with a Thai friend and we both love it. 🙂

  8. We just visited this restaurant and were disappointed. The service was slow and the food was overpriced and not very flavorful. I ordered the green curry and my husband had the chopped chicken with basil. To top it all off, our stomachs were sick for two days afterwards! The best part of our meal was the cute 600 yen kids meals which the kids seemed to love. Hoping to find a good Thai restaurant here since I absolutely love Thai food, but this place was not the one.

  9. We went there once, the main course doesnt even include a side of rice and its tiny. And the food is not outstanding for the high prices. I would not recommend it. There is a great small Thai place right by Courtney that has much better food and you pay 1000yen for a main course (includes rice).

  10. We were there yesterday too! We enjoyed it. Yes, the portions were small. We ordered 6 things to share amongst 3. Two of us left full. It is pricey, but anywhere will be compared to Thailand. We spent about 8000 yen. I did love the atmosphere and thought the food was very good.

  11. I went there today and was disappointed. I guess I was spoiled when I visited “Thai in the Sky-Cafe- Curcuma”. The menu was very pricy and the portions were extremely small. For a family of four who loves to enjoy to eat a lot, we spent close to $270.. Less would be spent in Thai in the Sky (average 125.00) and they serve bigger portions. I would recommend that the drive to Thai in the sky is worth it than visiting Thai Jai.

  12. yay they have thai food:) im half thai and was thinkn i might get tired of japanese food all the time, and i cook some thai food at home myself.. we’ll be pcsing to kadena ab this august..hopefully i get to meet people online and make some friends when we get there..If ne one sees this and are interested in making friends, and you are a military wife can you email me harmonyzdream707@yahoo.com thanx

  13. This place is goooood my girlfriends and I go here for lunch with our babies. It’s always good and the big windows and nice staff keep the munchkins ocupied long enough for us to eat.

    I love the Tom Yuk Gui soup it’s soooo yumy lemon grass and coconut ummmm

    I woner if they are open now…

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