By Denise Ortuno-Neil

In a small strip mall next to the recently opened Century Theater in La Quinta, sits the newly opened My Thai restaurant. The restaurant opened earlier this year by Owner and Chef Sathin, and has been well received. The Thailand native has had a passion for Thai cuisine since she was a young child and has trained under the best chefs in Bangkok. Now she is living her dream, sharing her expertise in Thai cuisine with the Coachella Valley public in her own restaurant.

My boyfriend and I stopped by the dining spot after a having an awesome movie experience at Century Theater. When we entered My Thai, we were greeted by an eagerly friendly staff and seated in the well-proportioned and styled dining room in a banquette by the window. We were there during lunch which offers moderately priced specials ($9.95-$11.95) that include soup or salad. For a starter, we ordered the delightful Crab Rangoon, deep fried wontons filled with crab and cream cheese served with a tangy sweet and sour sauce.

As an entrée I had the velvety Green Curry, green curry paste w/coconut milk, bamboo shoot, green beans, eggplant and basil, with chicken. My boyfriend had the colorfully traditional Pad Thai, pan fried thin rice noodles w/egg, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts and scallions. We both chose the soup which was the Tom Yum, hot and sour soup w/Thai herbs, lemon grass, lime leaves, mushrooms, tomato and scallions, my fave! The entrees have a degree of heat that you can choose from. The heat is ranked from 1-5, 5 being the hottest. I initially decided on level 4, but when I saw our server gasp and look at me as if I was on a food challenge show, I decided to take it down a notch to level 3. It ended up to be a wise decision as even level 3 had lingering effects. But, I do like it hot! We were extremely pleased with our selections, so much so, that we returned several days later.

With fresh ingredients and authentic mouthwatering Thai flavors, My Thai restaurant has what it takes to be one of the best go to Thai restaurants in the valley and is definitely one of my new favorites. Whether you’re taking in a movie and dinner, or just stopping by for lunch or take out, My Thai is a food experience worth taking in.

My Thai is located at 46-520 Washington Street, Suite 3, La Quinta, Ca 92253

Hours of operation are Lunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm-7 days a week

For takeout orders call 760-564-8494

For more information on My Thai visit www.MyThaiLQ.com

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