Nestled in the corner of College Plaza, Coconut Thai Cuisine is a hidden gem. Kamolwan Amy Kawpunna has been the chef and owner since 2016, bringing bold Thai flavors to Statesboro. Walking into Coconut Thai Cuisine, the lighting and gold accents on the wall create an open, enticing space. There are lots of details to notice, with one wall being almost entirely covered by a collage of mirrors and frames. One very telling fact about this restaurant is their commitment to not using monosodium glutamate (MSG) in their kitchen. This restaurant also offers vegan and gluten free versions of their sauces and most dishes, so make sure you talk to your server if you have dietary restrictions.
If you want to enjoy a beverage with your meal, Coconut Thai Cuisine has a full service bar with frequent drink specials. There are a number of cocktails on the menu, as well as a variety of regional liquors and spirits from places like Savannah Distilling and Ghost Coast Distillery.
Coconut Thai Cuisine also has an interesting deal for the adventurous- you can make your meal a “Taste of Thailand”, meaning that you get the chef’s choice of appetizer and dessert with your entrée for an additional $4. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the flavors Coconut Thai Cuisine has to offer.
When starting your meal, there are many appetizers to consider. Their Steamed Dumplings are wonderful. If you’ve never had an authentic one, treat yourself! The Basil Roll consists of vegetables wrapped in basil and steamed rice paper; it is a lovely vegetarian option that tastes like the definition of fresh. However, the star of the appetizers has to be the Blue Mussels. Cooked and served in a creamy lemongrass broth, the mussels take on an excellent bright, garlic flavor that makes this dish a must try.
After your appetizer, it’s time for the main course. There are a wide variety of chef specials, including dishes like Australian Lamb Chops and Steamed Sea Bass. There are also curry, fried rice, and noodle dishes that let you decide the spiciness and proteins, helping tailor your dish to your taste. One standout dish is the Ahi Tuna, which is served over their fried rice with cashews and golden raisins.
If you haven’t tried Statesboro’s only Thai restaurant, stop by Coconut Thai Cuisine for lunch or dinner any day of the week! Check out their website or give them a call at 912-225-3757.