A tuk tuk on the front patio welcomes you to Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, a couple of blocks from the highrise strip in Aruba.
This Thai restaurant is just a couple of blocks walk from the high rise strip. They really went all out with the decor, right down to an actual tuk tuk (typical method of transportation in Thailand) on the front patio. The patio offers seating for two couples outdoors, but since it’s on the corner of a major intersection that might not be the most relaxing place to eat. The interior is also decorated dramatically complete with table with Asian umbrellas. Even the restaurant’s dishes feature a ring of red and grey elephants around the rim. Unfortunately, the decor rather outshines the food, which was passable but not spectacular.
Eggplant Thai Basil with mock duck at Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Aruba.
Wendy chose the Eggplant Thai Basil with choice of beef / chicken / pork / tofu / mock duck / or mixed seafood, $15-$18USD. It was reasonable, but not great. Unfortunately rather greasy, it was heavy on the mock duck, light on the eggplant and basil. The portion, though, was very generous.
Penang Curry with chicken, at Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Aruba
Ian chose the Penang Curry, which also comes with a choice of beef / chicken / pork / tofu / mock duck / or mixed seafood, $14USD with the chicken. It was lightly spicy with lots of chicken but a little bland. It came with red peppers and green beans which were nice and crispy. We did find the name a bit funny for a Thai restaurant – Penang is in Malaysia… He washed it down with a Heineken, $4USD.
The brightly colored interior at Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Aruba.
Highchairs were available and our toddler was welcomed. The service was friendly and prompt and the bathroom was very clean. Many of the dishes came like the ones we ordered, with a choice of mock dock and tofu (along with a choice of several meats), making this a great choice for vegetarian dining.