If you’re in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park area on The Big Island, there really are not too many dining choices. But if you like Thai food, you can satisfy your craving with this family-owned and operated restaurant in the village of Volcano, Hawaii. Thai Thai Restaurant is decorated with many Thai decorations and a lot of family pictures. Even the menus have family photos on them, and you may recognize your host or server in some of them as we did.
We were warmly welcomed and everyone was very attentive to our needs, making recommendations, filling drinks, and making sure that all was well. They were thoughtful with our children, as well. We were very impressed by the friendly service at Thai Thai.
The menu is nicely varied with full meals, as well as family-style dishes and kids’ meals. The kids meals include some Asian flavors, as well as some typical American kids menu options. We like to share and try a bit of everything, so we went family-style, as we usually do at Asian restaurants. All dishes include a choice of jasmine or sticky rice, most offer choices of protein, and many offer a choice of spiciness. There are four levels of spiciness and customers are warned multiple times that “Thai hot” is extremely spicy and “recommended only for the experienced.” We went with mild and medium spiciness, which both seemed right on. I would have preferred medium, but we wanted to be sure it was mild enough for the kids.
Spring Rolls ($10.99) – Five large pieces of deep fried spring rolls filled with carrots, cabbage, & long rice. Served with sweet & sour sauce with chopped peanuts. Delicious and nicely presented. The sweet & sour sauce was unique and I really enjoyed it.
Pad Thai with Chicken ($12.99) – Fairly typical ingredients with rice noodles, egg, carrots, bean sprouts, ground peanuts, and chicken. Very good and slightly sweet.
Thai Basil Stir Fry with Beef Short Ribs ($17.99) – This was delicious with tender beef, garlic, vegetables, and that fresh Thai basil – yum! It was a bit spicier than the other dishes we had ordered and very good!
Thai Garlic & Pepper Stir Fry with Jumbo Shrimp($25.99) – I loved these black pepper-garlic shrimp, but there were less than ten shrimp on the plate and an abundance of cabbage. Although I really loved the flavor, they were quite expensive and just not worth it.
Masaman Curry with Chicken ($14.99) – Delicious with all the wonderful things that make Masaman Curry amazing: kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk, potatoes, onions, peanuts, and chicken.
I don’t know what happened to the picture for it, but we also ordered Yellow Curry with Chicken ($14.99), which was actually my favorite dish of all! So sad I can’t show you the picture. Of course, it also has coconut milk, potatoes, and onions. It was a spicier curry than the mild Masaman, and it was just SOOO good!
Thai Tapioca with Taro and Coconut Milk (Single Serving – $3.99) – This was something unique that none of us had ever heard of nor tried. I am not a big tapioca person, so I wasn’t sure I’d love it, but it was a delightful surprise! It featured soft taro root, green Thai tapioca pearls, coconut milk, and sweet corn. Quite refreshing and mildly sweet; a perfect ending after curries and other spicy foods.
We really enjoyed our meal at Thai Thai and highly recommend it when you’re in the Volcano area. All the food was delicious, well presented, and featured fresh ingredients plus the service was excellent. Definitely get the Yellow Curry and the Tapioca, my two favorites from this delicious meal! We thought the food was on the expensive side, but most food is more expensive in Hawaii anyway. Take out is available.
Thai Thai Restaurant
19-4084 Old Volcano Road
Volcano, HI 96785
Entree Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 4.7
Mr. Diner: 4.5
Mrs. Diner: 4.5
Amazing Diner: 5
Sweet Diner: 5
Little Diner: 4
Guest Diner M: 5
Guest Diner D: 5