Opal's Thai Restaurant is an outstanding culinary experience and must-try mainstay of Oahu's North Shore for "foodies" and "non foodies", alike. With crowds waiting hours and sometimes days for a seated table at this cozy and unpretentious room filled with nostalgic grooves and homey mainland MoTown hits, the food meets the expectation.
Once seated, there is a moment before being greeted by the chef and owner himself. He entertains the table by familiarizing himself with our individual palette preferences, personal tastes and dietary needs, through a series of five simple questions. Impressively, he proceeds to demonstrate his skill and savvy of the culinary arts by conjuring up combinations of ingredients and suggested meals to satisfy our individual taste buds and liking.
What happens next is near perfection as the family style dishes, served from the kitchen when ready, and in no particular order, flood our table one by one, each, more flavorful and tasty than the last. We indulge. We leave feeling most satisfied and sensibly overstuffed.
Opal's Thai is very much about the experience, as much as, the food. Like the cuisine, Opal's Thai is a potpourri of delight. My suggestion is that it be on your North Shore short list of places to go. My bet is that you'll have no regret. Cheers!