Thai cuisine is an intricate blend of hot, sour, spicy and sweet tastes which is hard to beat. Add lots of fresh vegetables, herbs like Thai basil, mint and cilantro, rich flavors of curry and coconut as well as lime, and you have dishes that are not only healthy but exciting to the palate.
The chef-owner, Wannee Fernald from Thailand, and her husband Jack have opened Thai Ocha Cafe last month in a redesigned location on Route 28 in Dennisport. The dining room is bright, colorful and cozy. Seating is a combination of very comfortable booths in one area and a few tables in the other.
For appetizers I had Shumai ($6.95) steamed dumplings filled with shrimp and veggies that were served with a ginger sweet soy sauce. Very flavorful.
Another was the Scallion Pancake ($6.95) A lightly fried scallion pancake served with a yellow curry sauce. A great combination!
We shared the Tom Kha Soup ($4.25) .The base consisted of coconut milk with added mushroom, tomato and onion,flavored with galangal, lemon grass and lime leaf. It was served with a choice of veggies , chicken or shrimp. We chose the chicken - soft, sweet, spicy and very satisfying
Unlike other local Thai restaurants Pho noodle soup, a popular Vietnamese soup, was on the menu. This one is on my list to try next time.
For my entree, I chose the Spicy Thai eggplant ($16.95) stir-fried with bell pepper, onion, carrots, eggplant, basil leaves and their homemade basil – garlic chili. This was served with a choice of crispy duck, chicken, tofu, vegetable, seafood combination, fish fillet, salmon, beef, shrimp or squid,
My husband chose the fresh fish filet - a spicy Hot Basil fish filet ($16.95), stir-fried with bell pepper, onion, mushroom, green bean, basil leaves and the chef's home made basil – garlic chili.
All ingredients were very fresh, they are made to order and the portions were very generous and moderately priced.
There are a couple of desserts on the menu. Though I’m not usually charmed by Thai sweets, these are definitely worth a try. The fresh sliced mango served with steamed sticky rice mixed with coconut milk, was just terrific — not only because the mango was perfectly ripe, but the coconut rice had a great contrasting texture and deep coconut flavor with none of the overwhelming sweetness I expected. The other was coconut ice cream with the sticky rice.
The service was friendly and efficient.
Looks like this new restaurant is on its way to great success. We can hardly wait to go back!
Thai Ocha Cafe
613 Main St (Rte 28), Dennisport
Serving lunch and dinner daily