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Thai Cuisine Reimagined in the French Quarter

Indulge in the Epicurean Delights of Thaihey’s Gastronomic Odyssey

Nestled in the heart of the enchanting French Quarter of New Orleans, lies a culinary gem known as Thaihey — a restaurant that elevates the art of Thai cuisine to new heights. From the concept’s beginnings at the Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market to a short stint at the White Star Market, and finally, a full-fledged restaurant on Lee Drive in Baton Rouge, Thaihey has come a long way to grace the streets of NOLA with its unparalleled flavors.

The vegan menu is a fan favorite — on some days, as many as 70% of the menu items ordered are vegan offerings. The Fried Tofu & Lotus Root dish is a standout, featuring deep-fried tofu and lotus root tossed with spicy Thai seasoning. The combination of the crunchy texture and bold flavor profile is nothing short of delightful.

Another must-try dish is the Tofu Satay, consisting of grilled tofu marinated in coconut milk and turmeric, accompanied by a peanut sauce and sweet pickled cucumber radish that perfectly balance the tofu.

The Pumpkin Curry is a delectable Red Curry Kabocha pumpkin dish that is served with tofu and Thai basil, complemented by a side of Jasmine rice. The depth of flavors and the aromatic spices used in the curry are simply unmatched, making it the most popular item.

For an indulgent dish, the Spicy Eggplant is highly recommended as well. The flavor-packed eggplant is hand-cut to perfection and incredibly crispy, served in a spicy garlic and basil sauce which bring it to life.

The Vegan Boat Noodle is also a tantalizing option. The dish features five-spice rice noodle soup served with silken tofu, shiitake mushroom, and spinach. The broth is savory and robust, and the toppings perfectly complement the dish.

To complement the meal, the Purple Palmer and Thai Ice Tea were refreshing and flavorful.

The presentation of the food is impeccable, and the quality is top-notch. The menu is seasonal, and many of the ingredients are locally sourced, adding a unique touch to each dish.

The restaurant’s atmosphere is more than just a feast for the taste buds — it’s an aesthetically pleasing haven that elevates the dining experience to a whole new level. Every detail has been thoughtfully curated to create a soothing and inviting ambiance.

With a passion for precision and an unrelenting focus on crafting the perfect flavor profile, owners Orawin “Nim” Yimchalam and Nathan Greene have poured their hearts and souls into every dish at Thaihey. Nim’s extensive experience in the industry and her mother’s legacy of culinary excellence in Thailand are evident in every bite, making Thaihey a destination for any true food connoisseur. In fact, such is the caliber of the sauces at Thaihey that the team is planning to bottle and sell them soon, a testament to their quality and popularity. Don’t miss the chance to taste these delectable sauces for yourself!


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